Buffalo's Stu Barnes accounted for the final goal with 56
seconds left in the game.
Minnesota is 8-1-1 when Gaborik, who finished with three points
for the fourth time, has more than one point.
"(This year) we have more confidence with him," Kuba said.
"With his speed he can do a lot of things on the ice."
Fernandez, appearing in his 19th game of the season, stopped 37
"Our goaltending has been there all year," Wild coach Jacques
Lemaire said. "It's a big reason why we're at the stage we are
right now. It makes the players play with more pride, more
Biron, who has started 15 of the last 16 games, stopped 25
Satan, with seven goals and 14 points in his last 14 games,
scored his team-leading 12th goal for Buffalo.
"Every game's the same," Sabres forward Stu Barnes said.
"It's a one-goal game, but we're on the wrong end of it."
Minnesota's power play, 1-for-22 over the last five games,
did not register a shot three times and went 1-for-5. Buffalo's
power play, ranked 26th in the league, went 1-for-4.<
^Notes:@ Wild defenseman Brad Bombardir returned to the lineup after
missing Thursday's game with a concussion. ... Wild forward Wes
Walz needed 11 stitches around his left eye after the puck struck
him in the face in the second period. ... Sabres forward Jochen
Hecht missed his ninth straight game since suffering a concussion
on Dec. 7. ... Sabres forward Tim Connolly has not scored since
Nov. 15, a 19-game stretch.
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Arena: First Niagara Center Location: Buffalo, New York
Referees: Terry Gregson, Dean Warren Linesmen: Wayne Bonney, Dan McCourt
Attendance: 12,006 (64.2% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Miroslav Satan (12)
(Power Play) Assists: Curtis Brown, Alexei Zhitnik
Marian Gaborik (21)
Filip Kuba (3)
(Power Play) Assists: Jim Dowd, Marian Gaborik
Jim Dowd (3)
Assists: Andrew Brunette, Marian Gaborik
Ales Kotalik (6)
Assists: Miroslav Satan, Chris Gratton
Antti Laaksonen (8)
(Empty Net) Assist: Brad Bombardir
Stu Barnes (7)
Assists: Chris Gratton, Brian Campbell