At First Niagara Center
The Jets are alive; pull back on the panic. The victory, their first in three games on the road this week, keeps Winnipeg in solid touch with the chase for playoff spots, one point behind the eighth-place Pittsburgh Penguins. The Jets have 45 points with their 20th win of the season as they hit the halfway point of the 81-game trek.
Johnny Oduya found the open ice 57 seconds into overtime and took an excellent pass from Evander Kane. He cruised down the slot and from the hash marks, lifted a shot just under the crossbar into the top corner to deliver the victory. Blake Wheeler had Winnipeg's second-period goal, offsetting a power-play marker by Buffalo's Tyler Myers.
Oduya created the winning play in the beginning, gobbling up a turnover in the neutral zone. He got it to the right wing to Kane, who crossed the blueline and drew three of the four Sabres on the ice, Thomas Vanek, Nathan Gerbe and Myers, leaving Oduya with plenty of room to receive the return pass.
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Penalties -- M.Stuart Wpg (hooking) 2:16, Enroth Buf (hooking; served by Boyes) 14:45.
1. Buffalo, Myers 3 (Pominville, Gragnani) 11:08 (pp)
2. Winnipeg, Wheeler 8 (Enstrom, Little) 19:55 (pp)
Penalties -- Kaleta Buf (interference) 0:23, Wheeler Wpg (hooking) 10:04, Antropov Wpg (interference) 14:11, Vanek Buf (hooking) 18:55, Leopold Buf (throwing stick) 19:10.
Penalty -- Enstrom Wpg (hooking) 7:21.
3. Winnipeg, Oduya 2 (Kane) 0:57
Penalties -- None.
Shots on goal by
Goal -- Winnipeg: Pavelec (W,15-13-5); Buffalo: Enroth (L,8-7-3).
Power plays (goals-chances) -- Winnipeg: 1-4; Buffalo: 1-4.
Referees -- Eric Furlatt, Francois St. Laurent. Linesmen -- Scott Cherrey, Tim Nowak.
Attendance -- 18,690 (18,690).