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NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Buffalo



(Monday, October 28th)

Final Score: Dallas 4, Buffalo 3

Buffalo, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Tyler Seguin notched a goal and an assist to help make Dallas head coach Lindy Ruff's return to Buffalo a successful one, as the Stars edged the Sabres, 4-3, on Monday at First Niagara Center.

Ruff served as head coach of the Sabres from 1997-2013, making him the longest tenured coach in franchise history. That run ended, however, when Ruff was fired on Feb. 20 of last season and replaced with Ron Rolston.

"It's kind of a huge relief," Ruff said of getting the win in his return to Buffalo. "It felt really strange coming back. I've always said the fans of Western New York and this area have been tremendous."

Ruff's new squad entered Monday's meeting having lost five of their last seven games, but got goals from Jamie Benn, Alex Goligoski and Vernon Fiddler to get back in the win column.

Kari Lehtonen backstopped the victory with 22 saves.

Matt Moulson potted a pair of goals in his debut with the Sabres, who acquired the 29-year-old forward, along with a pair of draft picks, from the New York Islanders on Sunday in exchange for forward Thomas Vanek.

"He did a good job," Rolston said of Moulson making his debut. "He's a hockey player."

Steve Ott also lit the lamp and Ryan Miller allowed all four goals on 29 shots for Buffalo, which fell to 0-7-1 at home this season.

Benn's backhander from a tough angle on the low right side staked the Stars to a 4-1 lead at the 10:55 mark of the middle stanza, but Buffalo answered with back-to-back goals to trim the margin to one heading into the third period.

Ott's power-play marker made it a 4-2 game just under two minutes after Benn's goal before Moulson scored his second of the night to bring Buffalo within one, as he backhanded a rebound past Miller with 2:43 left in the second.

Dallas then killed off a pair of penalties in the third to keep the margin at one, with Lehtonen turning away all nine shots he faced in the frame to secure the victory for the Stars.

Fiddler opened the scoring 2:59 into the game when he put home a rebound from the low right side, but Moulson answered 27 seconds later with a one-timer from between the circles off an odd-man rush.

The Stars had the final say in the frame, however, scoring a pair of goals in a 1:12 span late in the frame to take a two-goal cushion after 20 minutes.

After Ott was whistled for a pair of minors at 13:48 to give Dallas a four- minute power play, Goligoski took a slick one-touch feed from Valeri Nichushkin and skated into the right circle before rifling a shot high over Miller for a 2-1 lead at 16:40.

Seguin scored off a Buffalo turnover just over a minute later to make it 3-1 after the first period.

Game Notes

Dallas hadn't won a regular-season game in Buffalo since Oct. 7, 1997 ... Moulson's two-goal game was the first multi-goal effort for a Buffalo player this season ... Vanek had played all nine of his NHL seasons for Buffalo since it drafted him No. 5 overall in 2003, scoring 254 goals with 243 assists in 598 games ... Both teams finished 1-for-3 on the power play.

10/28 22:51:35 ET

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Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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