Niederreiter Extends Scoring Streak in Wild's Win

Minnesota Wild forward Nino Niederreiter, right, celebrates his goal during the second period. Photo: AP/Jeffery T. Barnes
Minnesota Wild forward Nino Niederreiter, right, celebrates his goal during the second period.

November 22, 2017 09:13 PM

Nino Niederreiter and Mikael Granlund each scored two goals to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 5-4 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night.
    
Tyler Ennis also scored and Mikko Koivu and Ryan Suter each had two assists as the Wild snapped a two-game losing streak. Devan Dubnyk made 29 saves.
    
Niederreiter has scored in five straight games, the second-longest streak in franchise history.
    
Jordan Nolan scored twice for the Sabres. Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart also had goals. Robin Lehner made 17 saves after replacing Chad Johnson following the first period. Johnson stopped 10 shots.
    
The Wild scored three goals in a 5:29 span in the first period and led the rest of the way.
    
Foligno fed his former Sabres teammate Ennis for the first goal nine minutes into the game. Granlund scored unassisted to put the Wild ahead with 7:32 remaining in the period.
    
Niederreiter deflected Mikko Koivu's shot from the point to make it 3-1 on a power play two minutes later. It was the first power-play goal the Sabres have allowed at home this season.
    
After Nolan scored his first goal as a Sabre to make it 3-2 two minutes into the second, Niederreiter netted his second of the night to extend Minnesota's lead midway through the period.
    
Granlund got his second goal on a power play with 4:04 left in the third to make it 5-2.
    
Reinhart scored late the second period for his 100th NHL point. Nolan scored his second on a wrist shot from the right circle to bring the Sabres within a goal with 6:05 remaining in the game.
    
Eichel gave Buffalo a 1-0 lead 6:55 into the game. Officials initially ruled that it was not a goal, but the decision was overturned after video review.
    
NOTES: Brian Rolston scored a goal in six straight games for the Wild from Jan. 21 to Feb. 5, 2008. ... This was the first meeting between the teams since the Wild traded D Marco Scandella and F Jason Pominville to Buffalo in exchange for F Tyler Ennis and F Marcus Foligno on June 30. ... Wild F Chris Stewart returned to the lineup after he was a healthy scratch for Monday's 4-3 overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils. ... Dubnyk is 4-0-0 all-time vs. Buffalo.
    
UP NEXT
    
Wild: Host Colorado on Friday
    
Sabres: Host Edmonton on Friday night.

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