The Buffalo Sabres ended 2013 the way they began it, looking lackluster in resounding defeat.
Buffalo got 27 shots on Winnipeg Jets backup goalie Al Montoya but got none past him as the Jets shut the Sabres out, 3-0. Jhonas Enroth (1-8-3) made 23 saves in his 12th start of the season but once again failed to get the goal support that's been lacking for him throughout the season.
Keaton Ellerby, Jacob Trouba and Anthony Peluso scored in the first, second and third periods, respectively, for Winnipeg. Marcus Foligno had a first-period goal waved off because the net became dislodged. John Scott was on the ice in the final 1:30 after the Jets scored an empty-netter, but the referee ejected him for exchanging shoves with a Jets player before the faceoff in an attempt to defuse a potentially explosive conclusion.
Tyler Myers wore the assistant captain's A in the absence of Henrik Tallinder, who may miss two weeks due to injury. Ville Leino dressed but was benched after only three shifts due to an upper-body injury that flared up.
The Sabres are still winless on the road under interim coach Ted Nolan.
The Jets have won three straight and are now 19-18-5. Buffalo entered the game on a 5-2-2 run and fell to 11-25-4. Buffalo will stay in the Midwest for a game Thursday at the Minnesota Wild.
Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Hockey, NHL
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