CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Flames rookie Johnny Gaudreau scored twice to lead Calgary past Buffalo 4-1 on Tuesday night, extending the Sabres’ team-record losing streak to 12 games.
Joe Colborne and Josh Jooris also scored to help Calgary win for the fifth time in six games.
Chris Stewart had the lone goal for Buffalo (14-31-3).
Jooris gave the Flames a 2-1 lead at 9:05 of the third period. He dropped the puck to Colborne from deep in the Sabres zone on a 3-on-3 rush. Colborne’s shot deflected off Buffalo defenseman Mike Weber to Jooris at the side of the net and he quickly fired in his 10th goal of the season.
It was also the fourth game-winning goal of the season for the 24-year-old rookie.
After Colborne jammed in a rebound at 14:06, Gaudreau scored his 15th of the season at 17:28. The Flames outshot Buffalo 15-2 in the third period.
The Sabres have lost 12 consecutive games, all in regulation. That’s a franchise record and the longest streak in the NHL since the Pittsburgh Penguins lost 13 in a row in regulation in 2003-04.
The last regulation win by Buffalo came against the Flames just under seven weeks ago, a 4-3 win in which Calgary outshot the Sabres 45-19.
On Tuesday night, the shots were 31-18 in favor of Calgary.
Late in the second period, Sean Monahan missed an empty net from in close and on the subsequent rush, Jonas Hiller made his best save of the game, sprawling and jabbing out a pad to rob Stewart at the side of the net.
Playing its first game in nine days, Buffalo didn’t have anything going early, taking nine minutes to register its first shot. However, after an offensive zone hooking penalty by Colborne, the Sabres’ 30th-ranked power play went to work and connected after just 13 seconds.
The goal, which gave Buffalo the lead at 10:33 of the first period, came on a nifty deflection by Stewart of a shot from Tyler Ennis. Stewart’s seventh goal gave him goals in consecutive games after scoring only twice in the previous 20.
The lead was short-lived, as the Flames responded by taking advantage of their first power play. At 13:40, Gaudreau skated out from the side of the net and fired the puck past Jhonas Enroth.
It was the first power-play goal in six games for Calgary, which entered on a 4-for-57 tailspin over the previous 17 games to drop the Flames from eighth in the NHL to 23rd.
Hiller made 18 saves in the victory, while Enroth stopped 27 shots.
NOTES: The NHL record for consecutive regulation losses is 17, a mark shared by San Jose (1992-93) and Washington (1974-75). … Buffalo rookie D Nikita Zadarov did not play. He’s been suspended by the team for missing practice on Monday. … Injured Flames LW Curtis Glencross (lower body) is expected to return to practice Wednesday. He has missed four games. … Calgary scratched all three players recalled from Adirondack (AHL) on Monday — Tyler Wotherspoon, Sven Baertschi and 25-year-old David Wolf, who has yet to play an NHL game.
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