Sharp’s fourth in two games lifts Blackhawks
Patrick Sharp scored his second goal of the game with 7:08 left in the third, powering the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.
Sharp rammed in a rebound off Tomas Kopecky’s point-blank attempt, sending defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago to its first win at home this season after two losses. It was Sharp’s fourth goal in two nights.
Marian Hossa and Dave Bolland also scored for the Blackhawks, who were outshot 41-21. Marty Turco made 38 stops to earn his first home win with Chicago.
Drew Stafford, Paul Gaustad and Cody McCormick scored for the Sabres, whose winless streak reached five games (0-4-1). Backup goalie Patrick Lalime made 17 saves in his first start of the season.
Buffalo is winless since a season-opening victory over Ottawa on Oct. 8.
Chicago star Patrick Kane returned after missing Friday’s 5-2 win at Columbus with an undisclosed illness.
The Sabres, who lost to Montreal at home on Friday night, controlled the first period and led 2-1 after 20 minutes.
After Buffalo took the first seven shots, Sharp scored on Chicago’s first attempt at 6:25. He finished a 2-on-1 break with Kane with his fourth goal of the season.
The rush was set up when Kane pounced on a turnover by Buffalo’s Tyler Myers at the Sabres’ blue line and raced the length of the ice.
The Sabres responded immediately, scoring twice in 15 seconds.
Stafford beat Turco at 6:52, converting a backhander off a rebound of Steve Montador’s drive from the right circle. Gaustad’s goal at 7:07 withstood video review and made it 2-1.