Buffalo 3, Phoenix 2

Thursday, January 30, 2014 9:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Buffalo 15-30-4-4 9-15-3-2 6-15-1-2 W1
Phoenix 25-19-6-4 15-9-2-1 10-10-4-3 L1

Recap


Sabres 3, Coyotes 2: Zemgus Girgensons' short-handed goal early in the third period lifted visiting Buffalo past Phoenix.

Tyler Ennis and captain Steve Ott also scored for the Sabres, who won for just the third time in 11 games this month. Girgensons added an assist and Ryan Miller turned aside 38 shots to preserve the victory.

Antoine Vermette and David Moss tallied for the Coyotes, who have won just seven of their last 22 games (7-10-5). Thomas Greiss made 25 saves in defeat.

After Ennis opened the scoring for the Sabres 6:08 into the game, the Coyotes used two quick goals near the end of the first period to take the lead. Vermette backhanded a rebound past Miller during a power play with 1:30 remaining for his 20th of the season and Moss swept in a loose puck from the front of the crease 18 seconds later.

Ott tied the game at the tail end of a man advantage 6:38 into the second, slapping the puck past a fallen Greiss following a goalmouth scramble. The Sabres regained the lead with Cody Hodgson serving a slashing penalty, as Girgensons stole the puck from Phoenix defenseman Keith Yandle and fired a low shot that beat a surprised Greiss.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Miller earned his 283rd career win, moving him within one of Tiny Thompson for 35th on the all-time list. ... The Coyotes finished 1-for-3 on the power play and have scored a man-advantage goal in 12 of their last 13 games. ... Girgensons registered his first career multi-point performance.
 

Top Game Performances

Buffalo   Phoenix
Zemgus Girgensons 2 Points David Moss 1
Zemgus Girgensons 1 Goals David Moss 1
Zemgus Girgensons 1 Assists Mikkel Boedker 1
Steve Ott 1 Power Play Goals Antoine Vermette 1
Zemgus Girgensons 1 Short Handed Goals N/A
Ryan Miller .950 Save Percentage Thomas Greiss .893
Ryan Miller 38 Saves Thomas Greiss 25

Team Stats Summary

 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Buffalo 28 3 1-2 2-3 8 22
Phoenix 40 2 1-3 1-2 6 27

Upcoming Games

  • Phoenix will play its next game at home against Pittsburgh. The Coyotes have a W/L % of .423 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Buffalo will play its next game on the road against Colorado. The Sabres have a W/L % of .143 after a win and .333 after a loss.