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December 19, 2013

Sabres topple the Jets

First third-period comeback of the year for Buffalo.

(Continued)

BUFFALO —

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 lead.
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.

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