Series (Game 1 of 1)

Buffalo leads 1-0

Game 1: Sunday, December 11th

Sabres 3

(19-10-1, 39 pts)

Wild 2

(11-14-4, 26 pts)

7:00 PM ET, December 11, 2005

Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota

1 2 3 T
BUF 1 1 13
MIN 1 1 02

M. Grier (Sabres - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

D. Roloson (Wild - G): Saves: 27, Save Pct.: .900

T. Vanek (Sabres - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Buffalo (18-10-1) at Minnesota (11-13-4) 7:00 pm EST

Buffalo (18-10-1) at Minnesota (11-13-4) 7:00 pm EST

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (Ticker) -- If the Buffalo Sabres are to continue their surge, they must find a way to score against one of the league's stingiest defenses.

The Sabres go for their 11th win in 13 outings Sunday when they battle the Minnesota Wild for the first time this season.

Rookie Thomas Vanek scored on a penalty shot in the third period and Maxim Afinogenov added the game-winning goal as Buffalo rallied for a 3-2 overtime victory over the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim on Thursday.

The Sabres won for the fifth time in six overtime contests this season and have just one regulation loss and a shootout defeat in their previous dozen games. Six of their last eight wins have been by one goal.

Despite losing five of six, Minnesota has yielded the fewest goals in the Western Conference (68), trailing only Ottawa (57) for the lowest mark in the league.

Minnesota's goaltending duo of Manny Fernandez and Dwayne Roloson rank among the league leaders in save percentage (93.2) and goals-against average (2.18).

Todd White scored his fifth goal and Nick Schultz added his first for the Wild in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Minnesota won both meetings against Buffalo in 2003-04 to even the all-time series at three games apiece.