SAN JOSE (AP) — Timo Meier scored late in the second period, lifting the San Jose Sharks over Jason Pominville and the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 on Thursday night.
Pominville scored twice for the Sabres, who dropped to 0-2-1 to begin coach Phil Housley’s first season.
Martin Jones made 23 saves in San Jose’s first victory this season, holding strong after Meier’s tiebreaking goal at 14:30 of the second. Meier knocked in a far-side shot for his first goal of the season.
San Jose’s Tomas Hertl opened the scoring during a power play at 2:15 of the first. Hertl flicked his first of the year past goalie Robin Lehner.
After Pominville tied it, Chris Tierney scored with 4:49 left in the first period, poking in a shot between Lehner and the right post off a behind-the-back pass from Joonas Donskoi.
Pominville scored his second goal at 6:50 of the second, burying one at the end of a 2-on-1 break with Jack Eichel.
The Sabres blew a great scoring chance midway through second in a 2-2 game, failing to capitalize on overlapping tripping penalties on Justin Braun and Brent Burns that left them with a 5-on-3 advantage for 47 seconds.
Going into Thursday, the Sabres were 8-1-1 in their last 10 games against the Sharks. Buffalo is 24-8-6 all-time against San Jose.
NOTES: Lehner had 23 saves. … Sabres F Evander Kane played in his 500th career game. … The Sharks placed D Paul Martin on injured reserved (ankle) and called up D Joakim Ryan from the San Jose Barracuda. Ryan made his NHL debut.
Sharks: Host the New York Islanders on Saturday night.
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