Sabres topple Jets 4-2
Matt Moulson is sensing something different around the Buffalo
Sabres after their first third-period comeback win of the
”We had a great first period, an awful second period,” Moulson
”Maybe before we would’ve folded it in then but (interim coach
Ted Nolan) had some good words in between periods for us and that
helped jump start us a bit.”
Buffalo is 1-21 when trailing at the start of the third period
after Moulson, Marcus Foligno and Matt Ellis scored to lift the
Buffalo Sabres to a 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday
It was Buffalo’s first regulation win since Nov. 15 against
Toronto, when Nolan took over for the fired Ron Rolston.
”I love playing for him and a lot of guys go through the wall
for him,” Moulson said of Nolan. ”That’s what you want from your
coach, a leader like that. He’s probably one of the best in that
Mark Scheifele scored two goals in 36 seconds to build a 2-0
second-period lead for the Jets, who have lost four of their past
”Let’s be honest, our second period was horrendous,” said
Sabres captain Steve Ott, who also scored. ”We had turnovers after
turnovers and they capitalized twice on it. It simply wasn’t good
What Nolan say after two periods that made such an impression on
Moulson and the Sabres?
”I just raised my voice a little bit longer than I usually
do,” Nolan said, ”But I just said we gotta compete. If we
compete, we’re good and we can’t compete for 55 minutes, we have to
compete for 60 minutes.”
The Jets were playing their third game in four nights and got
through a scoreless first period that saw Buffalo outshoot them
”I never really liked the game even from the onset,” Jets
coach Claude Noel said.
At the 1:02 mark of the second period, Scheifele moved between
two stick-checking Sabres into the slot, scoring on a point-blank
wrist shot over Ryan Miller’s right shoulder.
Thirty-six seconds later, he carried the puck down the right
side of the Sabres zone before taking a step toward the net and
beating Miller over the same shoulder to give the Jets a two-goal
Scheifele has five goals and five assists in his past 12 games
after getting just five points in his first 24 games.
”I think we thought that the opponent would fold up and play
and obviously that wasn’t the case,” Noel said.
Ott put the Sabres on the scoreboard at the 10:16 of the second.
Drew Stafford took a shot that Ondrej Pavelec redirected to Ott.
The Sabres’ captain scored his fourth goal of the season and his
first since Nov. 15.
Stafford and Ott paired up on their next shift, but Pavelec was
able to cover up Ott’s one-timer.
The Sabres broke through 50 seconds into the third period when
Foligno went to the net and tapped in a pass from Cody Hodgson to
tie the score at 2.
Less than two minutes later, with Eric O’Dell in the penalty box
for hooking, Moulson deflected Christian Ehrhoff’s shot past
Pavelec to give the Sabres their first lead of the night.
The power-play goal relieved a unit that had scored on just two
of its previous 30 opportunities.
”Our momentum took over like we played in the first period and
that was the difference,” Ott said.
Buffalo added a fourth goal when Kevin Porter, recalled earlier
in the day from Rochester of the American Hockey League, stole the
puck from Eric Tangradi in the slot. His high backhand shot was
batted out of the air by Ellis and past Pavelec.
Buffalo hadn’t scored more than three goals in its previous 16
”You have to play the percentages, I’m a strong believer in
that,” Moulson said. ”Eventually, they gotta go in. We’ve been
getting a lot of shots recently, a lot more than we were getting
before. We eventually gotta find the back of the net at some
The Sabres had a 3-on-1 break during a first-period power play,
but Pavelec pushed Hodgson’s shot wide of the net.
Buffalo outshot Winnipeg 31-27 for the game as 12 different
Sabres recorded points.
Miller made 25 saves in the win.
NOTES: The Sabres recalled Porter and D Chad Ruhwedel from
Rochester before the game, sending D Mark Pysyk, D Brayden McNabb
and LW Luke Adam down to the Americans. … C James Wright was
scratched for Winnipeg, making way for C Eric O’Dell. … The
Sabres next play Thursday at home against Boston.