The Minnesota Wild were able to bounce back from their recent six-game losing streak with a win Thursday night at home against the Buffalo Sabres.
Buffalo (11-26-4) could not hold off Minnesota’s (21-17-5) offensive attack in the second period giving up three straight goals and falling by a final score of 4-1.
The first period remained scoreless as both teams struggled on the man-up advantage. Buffalo went 0/2 on the powerplay with only two shots on goal while Minnesota went 0/1.
The floodgates opened in the second period when the Wild got on the board first. A defensive breakdown allowed Marco Scandella to get a free shot on Ryan Miller that beat him blocker side at 4:33 into the period. Matt Cooke and Justin Fontaine assisted on the play.
Former Buffalo Sabre, Jason Pominville, extended Minnesota’s lead to two at 6:19 into the period. Pominville received a pass from Mikkou Koivu on an odd man rush that allowed him to put a quick wrist shot past Miller. Ryan Suter also got credit for an assist on the goal.
The Wild went up 3-0 when Jason Zucker scored his first of the season, beating Miller high glove side. Nino Niederreiter connected with Zucker to create a 2-on-1 rush into the Sabres zone. Mikael Granlund was credited for an assist on the goal.
Minnesota’s netminder, Niklas Backstrom, was not tested much throughout the contest as the Sabres struggled to manufacture any offense.
The Wild scored an empty net goal less than a minute later to make it 4-1.
The Sabres are back home this Saturday to take on the New Jersey Devils.