10/15 23:00 CDT Johnson makes 25 saves, Sabres beat Ducks 3-1
Johnson makes 25 saves, Sabres beat Ducks 3-1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) --- Chad Johnson made 25 saves, Benoit Pouliot scored the
go-ahead goal in the second period and the Buffalo Sabres beat the Anaheim
Ducks 3-1 on Sunday night.
Justin Bailey and Johan Larsson also scored for Buffalo, which got its first
win in six games this season.
Chris Wagner had a tying goal in the second period for Anaheim, and John Gibson
stopped 28 shots for the Ducks.
Bailey scored 1:26 into his first regular-season game. Gibson made the initial
save on a shot by Larsson but couldn't cover the puck. Bailey swooped in as
Gibson dove across the crease during a scramble and sent a backhand shot under
the goalie's chest.
Gibson started despite leaving after the first period against Colorado on
Friday with an upper-body injury.
Midway through the second period, Evander Kane slashed Gibson while the
goaltender was playing the puck behind the net.
The Ducks have yet to score a power-play goal this season. The team's best
opportunity came when a scrum in the crease led to Anaheim forward Derek Grant
being bumped inside the goal, along with the puck. Officials whistled the play
dead after the puck had crossed the goal line. A video review was initiated,
and it was determined there was no goal because the referee was in the process
of blowing his whistle when the puck crossed the line.
Late in the second period, Corey Perry's slashing penalty put Buffalo on the
power play for the third time. The Sabres had 13 seconds remaining with the
extra man when Wagner got in behind Kane and Rasmus Ristolainen. The forward
deked twice and beat Johnson to tie it.
Buffalo has given up a league-high five short-handed goals through six games
With 31.3 seconds left in the second, Josh Manson turned the puck over to
Pouliot. Pouliot haphazardly got the puck to the front of the Ducks net, where
it bounced off the skate of Cam Fowler and past Gibson to put Buffalo up 2-1.
Larsson iced the game at 3-1 with an empty-net goal.
NOTES: Ryan Getzlaf and Patrick Eaves were out of the lineup again for Anaheim
after re-aggravating injuries from training camp. ... Buffalo F Kyle Okposo did
not play for the second consecutive game due to an illness. ... Cam Fowler
played in his 500 NHL game, all with the Ducks. At 25, Fowler is the youngest
Ducks player in franchise history to reach the 500-game mark.
Sabres: Visit Las Vegas on Tuesday night.
Ducks: Host Montreal on Friday night.
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