Meier breaks tie as Sharks top Sabres

Sharks: 3 Sabres: 2

Manteca Bulletin - - Sports -

SAN JOSE (AP) — The San Jose Sharks felt some ur­gency go­ing into Thurs­day night, and they re­sponded.

Timo Meier scored late in the sec­ond pe­riod, lift­ing the Sharks over Ja­son Pom­inville and the Buf­falo Sabres 3-2.

The Sharks were win­less af­ter two lack­lus­ter home games to start the sea­son.

“You drop the first two, the third one you start think­ing about it a lit­tle bit, es­pe­cially open­ing up at home with the amount of games that we have here, it’s a lit­tle un­usual,” Sharks cap­tain Joe Pavel­ski said. “To get that first win was very im­por­tant.” Pom­inville scored twice for the Sabres, who dropped to 0-2-1 to be­gin coach Phil Hous­ley’s first sea­son.

Martin Jones made 23 saves, hold­ing strong af­ter Meier’s tiebreak­ing goal at 14:30 of the sec­ond. Meier knocked in a far-side shot for his first goal of the sea­son.

San Jose’s To­mas Hertl opened the scor­ing dur­ing a power play at 2:15 of the first. Hertl flicked his first of the year past goalie Robin Lehner.

“We wanted to get the first goal,” Sharks coach Peter De­Boer said. “We’ve been play­ing from be­hind a lot this sea­son it seems most games. We wanted to get out early and feel good about our­selves. We played out front most of the night tonight, which was a big dif­fer­ence.”

Af­ter Pom­inville tied it, Chris Tier­ney scored with 4:49 left in the first pe­riod, pok­ing in a shot between Lehner and the right post off a be­hind-the-back pass from Joonas Don­skoi.

“I’ve seen him do it a cou­ple times on prac­tice, so I had a feel­ing that some­thing tricky was com­ing when he gets the puck with that much time be­hind the net,” Tier­ney said. “All I had to do was put my stick on the ice and tap it in.”

Pom­inville scored his sec­ond goal at 6:50 of the sec­ond, bury­ing one at the end of a 2-on-1 break with Jack Eichel.

The Sabres blew a great scor­ing chance mid­way through sec­ond in a 2-2 game, fail­ing to cap­i­tal­ize on over­lap­ping trip­ping penal­ties on Justin Braun and Brent Burns that left them with a 5-on-3 ad­van­tage for 47 sec­onds.

“It’s frus­trat­ing we’re not get­ting the re­sults we want,” Pom­inville said. “I thought our ef­fort was way bet­ter, but at the of the game we didn’t get the two points and that’s what we play for.”

Go­ing into Thurs­day, the Sabres were 8-1-1 in their last 10 games against the Sharks. Buf­falo is 24-8-6 all-time against San Jose.

NOTES: Lehner had 23 saves. ... Sabres F Evan­der Kane played in his 500th ca­reer game. ... The Sharks placed D Paul Martin on in­jured re­served (an­kle) and called up D Joakim Ryan from the San Jose Bar­racuda.

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