Buffalo, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Matt Stajan scored 42 seconds into overtime to carry the Calgary Flames to a 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres Saturday at First Niagara Center.
Stajan took a pass from Paul Byron before skating toward the left faceoff circle and firing a wrist shot past Jhonas Enroth for his sixth of the season as the Flames clinched their first victory in Buffalo since 1996.
Byron scored the other goal while Karri Ramo made 26 saves for the Flames (13-15-4), who clinched their second straight win two days after the team dismissed general manager Jay Feaster and assistant GM John Weisbrod.
Matt Moulson scored while Enroth had 24 saves for the Bills (7-23-3), who lost 10 of their last 12 outings.
The Sabres took a 1-0 edge when Moulson beat Enroth for his 11th of the season 5:40 into the third period.
With 12:03 left to play, Enroth foiled Calgary’s attempt to tie the game, making a glove save on Joe Colbourne’s hard wrist shot.
However, Byron tied the game 22 seconds later after receiving a pass from Chris Butler behind the net and lifting the past a falling Enroth for his first of the season at 8:19.
The Flames and Sabres lived up to their ranking as 25th and 26th, respectively, in power-play efficiency as they failed to score with a man advantage. The Flames went 0-for-4 while the Sabres failed to score in five power-play chances.
Buffalo finished the game without forward Cody McCormick, who left in the second period with an upper-body injury.