The Buffalo Sabres take their five-game win streak (and perfect road trip) into Xcel Energy Center to battle the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night. Last time these teams got together, Victor Olofsson beat Minnesota 6-5 with an overtime-winner.
The Sabres and Wild traded quick goals to start this game; Buffalo first, before Minnesota countered a little over a minute later.
2:22 in, Jack Quinn grabbed his eighth goal of the 2022-23 campaign to give the blue and gold the 1-0 edge in enemy territory.
The Wild had an immediate response, though, just 1:13 later. With Jacob Bryson in the box for a high-sticking minor penalty, forward Joel Eriksson-Ek scored his 18th goal of the season just 11-seconds into the man advantage to even the score 1-1.
BUF: 2:22 - Jack Quinn (8) (Unassisted)
MIN: 3:35 - Joel Eriksson-Ek (18) PPG (Kirill Kaprizov, Mats Zuccarello)
BUF: 3:24 - Jacob Bryson (High-sticking - 2 min.); 12:03 - Rasmus Dahlin (Hooking - 2 min.); 16:24 - Tage Thompson (Hooking - 2 min.)
MIN: 10:12 - Connor Dewar (High-sticking - 2 min.)
BUF: 5:31 - Alex Tuch (Tripping - 2 min.)
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The blue and gold are out of game action until Wednesday, Feb. 1 when they come back home to host the Metro Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes. Puck drop inside KeyBank Center is set for 7:30 p.m. EST, and the pregame show with Mike Schopp and the Bulldog starts at 6:30 p.m. EST on the flagship home of the Buffalo Sabres - WGR Sports Radio 550.
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