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November 7, 2013

Sabres sink the Sharks

Buffalo out-lasts San Jose to earn its third win of the season.

SAN JOSE, Calif. —

The Buffalo Sabres blew a pair of third-period leads and benefited from an apparent blown call in overtime before finally coming out on top in the shootout.
It’s been that hard to get wins this season for Buffalo.
Cory Hodgson scored in the fourth round of the shootout and Ryan Miller made 47 saves to give the Sabres their third win in 17 games this season, 5-4 over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.
“We just stuck with the game plan,” defenseman forward Henrik Tallinder said. “No matter what happened out there we said keep working hard, keep playing the way we want to play, and good things would come out of it and it did.”
They got a little luck in overtime. After Tyler Kennedy hit the post with a shot midway through the extra period, replays showed Tommy Wingels poked the loose puck under Miller’s pad and over the goal line before Tyler Myers kicked it out.
“I knew I poked it,” Wingels said. “I didn’t know where it went.”
Referee Mike Leggo ruled no goal, and the Sharks didn’t argue the call. The play apparently was never reviewed by replay officials, and the game continued until the Sabres won in the shootout.
Matt Moulson and Logan Couture each scored in the first round of the shootout, and then Miller stopped three straight shots before Hodgson beat Niemi for the winner.
“To go on the road and play a team like San Jose and come in here and get two points is a big thing for us,” coach Ron Rolston said. “It’s our obligation now to build on that as a team.”
Tallinder, Cody McCormick, Drew Stafford and Tyler Ennis scored for the Sabres, who have beaten the Sharks five straight times.
Kennedy and Tomas Hertl scored 70 seconds apart early in the third to erase a two-goal deficit for the Sharks. Wingels got another equalizer late in the third, but San Jose still lost its third straight game. Marty Havlat also scored and Antti Niemi made 32 saves.

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