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November 7, 2013

Sabres sink the Sharks

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

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SAN JOSE, Calif. —

“We can’t lose that game,” Couture said. “We didn’t play very well. We were sloppy with turnovers and sloppy on the power play. We didn’t show up ready to play. We waited until the third period to show up and we got a point.”
The third period was filled with excitement with the teams combining for five goals starting when Ennis scored Buffalo’s second road power-play goal of the season to make it 3-2.
But the Sharks erased that lead in a flash.
The first goal came when Joe Pavelski won a faceoff to Marc-Edouard Vlasic, whose shot deflected toward Kennedy, who knocked it in for his second goal of the season 3:19 into the period.
Then just over a minute later, Hertl took a rebound of Scott Hannan’s shot and skated around the net for a wraparound goal that was his ninth of the season.
The Sabres appeared on their way to a rare win when Tallinder scored midway through the third and then they had a two-man advantage later in the period. But Jamie McBain hit the post during the 5-on-3, and the Sharks tied it late, shortly after a penalty to Marcus Foligno ended.
Wingels dove into the crease to knock in the loose puck to tie the game but the Sabres didn’t fold.
“We stuck with it,” Foligno said. “This is a game that we had and we lost it a little bit and then we came back and they unfortunately got a goal. It’s just all about rebounding and getting better every shift. Tonight was a great way to start the trip.”
What appeared to be a decided mismatch on paper between a Buffalo team that had one regulation win all season, and a San Jose team with just one regulation loss was anything but on ice. The Sabres overcame an early deficit and scored twice in the second period to take a 2-1 lead heading into the third.

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