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BUFFALO [url=http://www.officialavalanche.com/authentic-adidas-matt-nieto-jersey]Youth Matt Nieto Jersey[/url] , N.Y. (AP) Sabres end a long drought without a winning record.Eichel, the Sabres 21-year-old captain, scored two goals in a 4-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday.With its second straight victory, Buffalo (2-1-0) has more wins than losses for the first time since the third game of the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season.I think we are coming together as a group, said Eichel, who also had a goal and an assist in Buffalos 3-1 win over the New York Rangers on Saturday.We are not a finished product by any means, but I think you can see the desperation in which we play with and the togetherness that we play with in the last few games.Marco Scandella and Jason Pominville had the other goals and Carter Hutton made 35 saves for the Sabres. Hutton was coming off a 43-save performance against the Rangers.Its nice to get off to a good start, said Pominville [url=http://www.officialavalanche.com/authentic-adidas-mikko-rantanen-jersey]Mikko Rantanen Jersey[/url] , who was part of the 2013 Sabres before being traded to the Minnesota Wild late in the season, and returned to Buffalo in a trade prior to last season. Its a different vibe, different atmosphere.Erik Haula and Jonathan Marchessault scored for the Golden Knights (1-2-0), playing the second of a five-game road trip. Haula had the winning shootout goal in Vegas victory at Minnesota on Saturday. Marc-Andre Fleury made 13 saves.We werent mentally sharp, Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant said. There were mental lapses in the D-zone and a guy left wide open. You couldnt blame Fleury on any of the goals.The Golden Knights put more shots on goal than the Sabres in all three periods, though Gallant said they did not generate many good scoring chances.The Sabres were also outshot in each period of their win over the Rangers.When you are winning games and not playing your best, its a really good sign, Eichel said.Buffalo had only five shots on goal in the second period [url=http://www.officialavalanche.com/authentic-adidas-nathan-mackinnon-jersey]Nathan MacKinnon Jersey[/url] , but was able to score three times in about five minutes.We limited them to a low number of shots, however, the shots they did get were Grade-A opportunities, Vegas forward Max Pacioretty said. We cant hang our goaltender out to dry like that.Eichel tucked a backhand around Fleurys poke-check for his third of the season to give the Sabres a 2-0 lead five minutes into the period. Sam Reinhart slipped a pass between the skates of Vegas defenseman Deryk Engelland to set up Eichel in front of the net.The Golden Knights got on the board less than three minutes later when Haula sent a wrist shot fr om outside the right circle past Hutton.The Sabres responded with two goals in a 1:28 span. Scandella floated a long shot from the blue line over Fleurys glove just 27 seconds after Vegas scored. Evan Rodrigues fed Pominville for a one-timer to make it 4-1 midway through the second.Buffalo never relinquished the lead after Rasmus Ristolainen slid the puck to Eichel for a one-timer from the left circle on a power play with 5:29 left in the first period.Marchessault scored his second of the season for Vegas on an unassisted wrist shot from the high slot with 9:13 left in the third period.NOTES: The Golden Knights are 0 for 8 on the power play through the first three games. Vegas didnt have its second loss until the 10th game of last season. The Golden Knights beat the Sabres in both meetings last season, winning in overtime at home and in a shootout in Buffalo. Sabres C Johan Larsson practiced Sunday for the first time since sustaining a lower-body injury on Sept. 26 and is nearing a return.UP NEXTVegas: Continues East Coast trip at Washington on Wednesday in a rematch of the Stanley Cup Final.Buffalo: Wraps up four-game homestand Thursday against Colorado. COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Nicklas Backstroms 200th NHL goal was a game-winner.Backstrom got a desperation, cross-ice pass from T.J. Oshie and beat Sergei Bobrovsky with 43 seconds left to lift the Washington Capitals over the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 on Tuesday night.Brandon Dubinsky tied the score for Columbus late in the third period and the game appeared headed to overtime before a wide-open Backstrom snapped in a shot from the bottom of the right circle.Oshie picked it up and fed me back door, said Backstrom [url=http://www.officialbluejackets.com/authentic-adidas-alexander-wennberg-jersey]Authentic Alexander Wennberg Jersey[/url] , who got his 12th goal and 40th point of the season.The goal capped a game in which Columbus was the dominant team on offense, outshooting the Capitals 39-25. But the Blue Jackets squandered four power plays, two of them late in the final period.Braden Holtby made 37 saves, and John Carlson and Tom Wilson added goals as Washington rallied to break a two-game skid and hang onto first place in the Metropolitan Division.Backstrom gave the credit to Holtby.In the third there wh ere we needed him the most, he really stepped up and showed why hes the best goalie in the league, Backstrom said. Thats just the way he is. When you need him the most, thats when he steps up.Bobrovsky had 22 saves for the Blue Jackets, who have lost four in a row and nine of 11. Theyre still in playoff contention [url=http://www.officialredwings.com/authentic-adidas-chris-terry-jersey]Chris Terry Jersey Womens[/url] , but so are all the teams in the division.A kick in the stomach, coach John Tortorella said. That one hurts.Washington (31-17-5) won the first leg of a home-and-home this week with Columbus (27-22-4).David Savard got his fourth goal of the season 1:58 into the game with a rocket from the high slot that beat Holtby.It took the Caps only about three minutes to even the score, taking advantage of one of the worst penalty-killing teams in the NHL. Carlson got his eighth of the season on a power play with a hard one-timer from beyond the right circle.Wilson gave the Capitals a 2-1 lead five minutes into the second. Skating fast into the slot, he got a crisp pass from Alex Ovechkin and tapped a backhand between Bobrovskys pads before the goalie could get all the way down to the ice.On the other end, Holtby was solid. The Blue Jackets outshot Washington 17-7 in the second period. They went hard to the net repeatedly but were unable to get the puck to bounce their way.Holtby kept them in it, and Backstrom won it.That was more of the playoff, determined feel that we want from our hockey club, and the way we want to play the game [url=http://www.officialredwings.com/authentic-adidas-dennis-cholowski-jersey]Dennis Cholowski Jersey Womens[/url] , Oshie said. They tied it up late and no one (hung) their head. We lined up for the next faceoff and away we went. Its a good feeling to have.Tortorella said he liked the way his team played and sees signs that it is coming around.We just have to keep our composure and keep on finding our game, because our game is coming, he said. I think were close.NOTES: Josh Anderson and Wilson threw off their gloves and slugged each other briefly until Anderson went to the ice in the first period. Both got five minutes in the box. Backstrom is the fifth player in Washington history to reach 200 goals Evgeny Kuznetsov, with a secondary assist on Wilsons goal, has seven points in the last five games. D Taylor Chorney and forward Chandler Stephenson were scratches for the Capitals. The Blue Jackets scratched D Scott Harrington and forward Markus Hannikainen.UP NEXTCapitals: Hosts Columbus on Friday.Blue Jackets: At Washington on Friday.
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