By Dave Ricci
Buffalo – That’s what the fans have been waiting to see.
The Buffalo Sabres used a trio of second period power play goals to score a 4-2 win over the Calgary Flames at KeyBank Center on Monday.
The victory gave the Sabres their first back-to-back wins of the season since a three game winning streak Oct.29-Nov.1.
Sabres center Sam Reinhart, who picked up two assists, said the best part of the win was seeing everyone carry over the same passion and level of intensity that they showed in Saturday’s 2-1 shoot-out win over the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.
“Nothing against Calgary, but Pittsburgh’s the top team in the league from last year,” Reinhart said.
“To be able to back that effort up and convince yourself to play the same way (against Calgary) was important to us.”
Struggling at home this season it looked as if it would be more of the same old story when the Flames took the early lead when Mikael Backlund raced into the Sabres end and beat Robin Lehner immediately after Flames keeper Brian Elliott stoned the Sabres.
But the Sabres showed signs of maturing as a team as they didn’t let the pressure of playing from behind get them off their game.
Three straight power play goals by Johan Larsson, Kyle Okposo and Matt Moulson staked the Sabres to a 3-1 lead in the second period.
“That’s part of maturing as a team,” Sabres captain Brian Gionta said.
“When that happens you don’t let that affect you. You don’t let it get you down. We stuck to our game plan and it ended up paying off.”
Rookie defense man Taylor Fedun continues to impress as he notched his third and fourth assists in just three games up with the Sabres. Fedun said that it was the leaders of the team who kept everyone focused after falling behind 1-0.
“We’ve got some great veteran leadership in the locker room,” Fedun said, “and they right the ship when things like that happen.”
Marcus Foligno capped off the Sabres scoring with his fourth goal of the year in the third period.
The Sabres will host Detroit Wednesday, 7:05 puck drop.