BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – Sam Reinhart scored the lone shootout goal and the Buffalo Sabres won for just the third time in nine games by beating the Minnesota Wild 5-4 on Tuesday night.
Reinhart also had a goal and an assist in regulation for the Sabres, who led by two in the second period before giving up Zach Parise’s tying goal with 1:37 left in the third. Linus Ullmark stopped 41 shots through overtime in a game Buffalo never trailed.
Jack Eichel set up two goals and C.J. Smith also scored. Buffalo’s once anemic power-play unit converted both opportunities on goals from Evan Rodrigues and Rasmus Dahlin.
The two goals matched the Sabres’ combined output in their previous 11 games during which Buffalo went 2 of 28 with the man advantage.
Reinhart scored on Buffalo’s third and final shootout attempt. Driving up the left side, he snapped a shot that beat Devan Dubnyk under his right arm. Dubnyk got a piece of the shot, but it had enough on it to dribble in behind him.
The Sabres then secured the victory when Parise’s backhand went high and wide on the Wild’s final shootout attempt.
Minnesota defenseman Jared Spurgeon scored twice and Charlie Coyle also scored during a three-goal second period. Dubnyk stopped 35 shots.