SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Zemgus Girgensons scored with 7:45 left and the Buffalo Sabres continued their surprising start with a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night.
Marcus Johansson had a goal and an assist for Buffalo (7-1-1), which is coming off its sixth straight losing season.
A fortuitous bounce set up Girgensons’ first goal of the season. He collected the puck after Johan Larsson’s shot bounced off Kyle Okposo’s back and had a clear look at the net. A turnover by Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson set up the sequence.
The Sabres are looking to end an eight-year playoff drought. They have the Eastern Conference’s best record.
San Jose had a three-game winning streak snapped after opening the season with four straight losses.
The Sharks tied it on Timo Meier’s power-play goal late in the first.
Ullmark, who had 29 saves, started in place of Carter Hutton, who recorded shutouts in his last two games.
Jones had 31 saves.
Sabres: Hutton is expected to start Tuesday’s game against San Jose. Hutton is 5-2-1 against San Jose with a .945 save percentage and a 1.74 goals-against average. … Sharks F Noah Gregor was recalled from the San Jose Barracuda and made his NHL debut. … F Lukas Radil (illness) is day-to-day. … D Radim Simek (knee) is expected to travel with the Sharks on their five-game road trip. … It is not known if D Dalton Prout (upper body) will join San Jose on the trip.
Buffalo hosts San Jose on Tuesday night in the second game of a home-and-home set.
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