WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Conor Sheary and Carter Hutton gave the surging Buffalo Sabres another full two points in the standings.
Sheary scored in the seventh round of a shootout, Hutton stopped 25 shots and the Sabres beat the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 on Friday night for their fourth straight victory.
Sheary beat Laurent Brossoit with a shot over the goalie’s glove.
“It should give us some confidence,” Skinner said when asked about the last two wins over the Jets and Tampa Bay Lightning. “It definitely gives us some confidence in Hutts (goalie Carter Hutton). I don’t think we wanna ask that much of him every night, but he’s been huge the last two games.”
“I think we just gave them a little too much respect,” Sabres coach Phil Housley said. “We settled in the second, got our legs underneath us. We starting shooting pucks, getting pucks to the net and it created a lot for us.”
Jeff Skinner tied it at 1 for the Sabres on a power play early in the third period. He extended his goals streak to four games with his 14th of the season.
The Sabres went on a power play with 19 seconds left in the second period after forward Brandon Tanev was called for holding. They capitalized 53 seconds into the third when a rebound bounced around a scramble in the crease and Skinner put in a backhander.
“I thought we carried the play most of the way and they potted one and it gave them a bit of a surge, some momentum,” Brossoit said. “We weathered the storm and then both teams played good defense.”
Kyle Connor scored for the Jets in the second period. He has three goals and two assists in the last four games.
“I think each game I’ve grown and really taking strides to be a more consistent player day in and day out,” Connor said. “I think that’s what makes great players in this league great, bringing it every single night.”
NOTES: Brossoit made 31 saves. … Winnipeg captain Blake Wheeler had his points streak end at 11 games.
Sabres: At Minnesota on Saturday night.
Jets: At Vancouver on Monday night.
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