ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jason Pominville scored with 1:30 remaining and the Buffalo Sabres extended their winning streak to five games with a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.
Rookie defenseman Rasmus Dahlin had his second career goal and added an assist for Buffalo, which rallied from a two-goal deficit to post its longest winning streak since 2012. Jake McCabe also scored and Linus Ullmark made 37 saves for the Sabres.READ MORE: At Least 2 Dead In Head-On Crash Near Lake Mille Lacs
Matt Dumba scored for the third straight game for Minnesota, and Zach Parise add another goal, becoming the highest-scoring Minnesotan in NHL history. Devan Dubnyk stopped 26 shots for the Wild.
Buffalo is making a habit of rallying in its second year under coach Phil Housley.
The Sabres recovered from a 1-0 deficit on Friday in a shootout win in Winnipeg. They’ve won four times in 11 games when trailing after two periods.
Dahlin scored with 7:02 remaining in the third, poking a loose puck past Dubnyk after the goaltender couldn’t get a handle on it.
Buffalo’s Jack Eichel tried to grab a loose puck in the offensive zone after a dump-in. But the puck trickled out to Pominville, who quickly spun and sent a shot past an unsuspecting Dubnyk.
Parise scored the 341st goal of his 14-year career, surpassing Dave Christian’s 340 goals and previous top mark in league history for a player born in Minnesota.
Back after missing one game with an illness, Parise picked up a loose puck near the Buffalo bench as the Sabres tried to avoid a penalty for too many men in the ice. Parise raced into the offensive zone and snapped a shot high past Ullmark for his eighth goal of the season and fourth in the last six games.READ MORE: Parents Demand More Distance Learning Options As COVID Cases Rise Ahead Of School Year
Dumba’s eighth goal of the season gave the Wild a 2-0 cushion less than four minutes later. Dumba’s big slap shot from the point sailed high past Ullmark and was the fourth power-play goal for Minnesota in the last three games.
Dumba, who signed a five-year, $30 million contract in the offseason, is second among defenseman in goals this season and just six away from the career-high 14 he scored last season.
McCabe scored his second goal of the season after Dahlin, the first-overall pick in this year’s draft, cut through the Wild defense to spot a wide-open McCabe on the backside.
NOTES: It’s Buffalo’s first five-game winning streak since March 19-27, 2012. It’s the first time in team history that Buffalo has had 26 points through the first 20 games. … Minnesota is 11-3-2 in its last 16 games against the Sabres, outscoring them 54-31 in the process. . Wild F Joel Eriksson Ek was a healthy scratch for the first time this season. Eriksson Ek had missed six games earlier with a lower-body injury. … D Casey Nelson returned to the lineup for Buffalo after being a healthy scratch for four straight games. The Sabres scratched D Nathan Beaulieu.
Sabres: Finish their road trip on Monday at Pittsburgh.
Wild: Play the second game of their back-to-back on Sunday at Chicago.MORE NEWS: Drought To Have Lasting Impact On Minnesota's Christmas Tree Farms
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