|PHX||1||2||1||(0 - 0)||4|
|BUF||1||1||0||(0 - 0)||2|
BUFFALO -- Coyotes forward Paul Bissonnette is better known for his Twitter account than his scoring ability. He sure picked a perfect time to score his first goal of the season.
Bissonnette, playing in front of his mother for the first time as an NHL player, scored a key goal in the Coyotes' 4-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night at First Niagara Center.
Bissonnette turned a rebound into a goal to give Phoenix a 3-2 lead with 10:19 left in the second period (see KEY MOMENT below). The goal came just 66 seconds after teammate Radim Vrbata tied the score with a wrist shot from the left circle.
With the win, the Coyotes (10-5-3) snapped a five-game losing streak vs. Buffalo dating to 2008.
Vrbata added an empty-net goal with 1:11 to play, and Shane Doan also scored for Phoenix.
Mike Smith made 43 saves for the Coyotes but only faced 15 shots after Bissonnette's goal.
Luke Adam and Patrick Kaleta scored for Buffalo (12-8-0), which has lost two of its last three games while goaltender Ryan Miller is sidelined with a concussion. Jhonas Enroth, fresh from a 34-save shutout on Friday at Carolina, made 25 stops in his fourth straight start since Miller's injury.
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Doan opened the scoring seven minutes in, connecting on a slap shot from above the right circle.
Adam tied the score five minutes later, winning a faceoff and then tipping in a point shot by Jordan Leopold.
Kaleta provided Buffalo with its only lead in the opening minute of the second period, batting in a rebound.
After Vrbata and Bissonnette posted their goals, Buffalo was unable to regain momentum.
"That's when the game turned," Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "They pushed hard early, but when we got those two quick ones that was the push back we needed. We carried play from the second half of the second period."
► EDITOR'S NOTE: Dave Vest of phoenixcoyotes.com compiled this recap.
|Shane Doan (6) Slapshot - ASST: Keith Yandle (9), Derek Morris (3)|
1 - 0 PHX
|Luke Adam (6) Tip-in - ASST: Jordan Leopold (3), Nathan Gerbe (8)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Patrick Kaleta (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Paul Gaustad (5), Jordan Leopold (4)|
2 - 1 BUF
|Radim Vrbata (7) Snap shot - ASST: Rostislav Klesla (5), David Schlemko (6)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Paul Bissonnette (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Kyle Chipchura (3), Adrian Aucoin (3)|
3 - 2 PHX
|EN - Radim Vrbata (8) Slapshot - ASST: Keith Yandle (10), Derek Morris (4)|
4 - 2 PHX
|Patrick Kaleta Hi-sticking against Derek Morris|
|Raffi Torres Fighting (maj) against Robyn Regehr|
|Robyn Regehr Fighting (maj) against Raffi Torres|
|Raffi Torres Charging against Robyn Regehr|
|Andrej Sekera Hooking against Shane Doan|
|SA: 45||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 43||EV: 41 - 43|
|PIM: 0||PP: 2 - 2|
|SV%: .956||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 28||TOI: 59:04|
|Saves: 25||EV: 23 - 26|
|PIM: 0||PP: 1 - 1|
|SV%: .893||SH: 1 - 1|