Gagnon's first goal helps Jets win 4-1
- Associated Press
- April 9, 2013 - 10:04 PM
WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Aaron Gagnon scored his first NHL goal Tuesday night to help the Winnipeg Jets earn a 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres.
Gagnon was playing in just his third game since he was called up from the AHL.
Kyle Wellwood, Andrew Ladd and Blake Wheeler had Winnipeg's other goals.
Kevin Porter had the only goal for the Sabres in the third period, spoiling what could have been Ondrej Pavelec's first shutout of the season. Porter's shot glanced off Wheeler.
Pavelec finished with 29 saves.
It was the second consecutive win for the Jets during a six-game homestand they pretty well need to sweep to have a chance of making the playoffs. They trail Washington by two points in the Southeast Division.
Wellwood scored first for the Jets, a wrist shot from the slot off a pass from Evander Kane just under five minutes into the second period that beat Ryan Miller.
It was rinse and repeat as Gagnon fired a slap shot from the same spot on a pass from Dustin Byfuglien.
Just before the period ended, Bryan Little and Ladd got a jump on a race to the Sabres' net and Ladd fired one past a prone Miller.
Wheeler finished things with an empty-netter just before the end of the third period.
The Jets dominated early: The first period looked like a Winnipeg power play until the last few minutes. It took almost seven minutes for the Sabres to put a shot on the board.
Both teams struck out on their power-play opportunities, two for the Sabres and one for the Jets.
Both defenseman Tobias Enstrom and Little headed to the Winnipeg dressing room during the first. Little was hit by a puck fired by a teammate but it wasn't clear what happened to Enstrom. Little returned, Enstrom did not.
Notes: Pavelec passed 6,000 saves for his five-season career ... Winnipeg has won every game this season that Kane has had more than one point.
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