BUFFALO, N.Y. — Jhonas Enroth made 36 saves as the Buffalo Sabres beat the San Jose Sharks 4-2 on Friday night, a few hours after they traded goalie Ryan Miller and captain Steve Ott.
Cody Hodgson, Brian Flynn, Matt Moulson and Tyler Myers scored for Buffalo, while Enroth played well in the absence of Miller, who was dealt to St. Louis along with Ott before warmups.
Miller was set to start his 541st career game for the Sabres, but was pulled from the lineup. Buffalo general manager Tim Murray used the two veterans in his first major trade, acquiring Jaroslav Halak, forward Chris Stewart, prospect William Carrier, a first-round pick in 2015 and a third-rounder in 2016 from the Blues.
James Sheppard and Patrick Marleau scored for San Jose.
The win gave Buffalo three straight wins for the first time since last April.
The Sabres opened the scoring on a power-play goal 10:59 into the first period, as Antti Niemi couldn’t hold on to Hodgson’s wrist shot. It was Hodgson’s 15th goal and his first since Jan. 28.
Enroth made a glove save of Matt Irwin’s slap shot through traffic with under seven minutes to play to keep Buffalo ahead. He made another strong glove save 7:22 into the second period when Marleau was left uncovered in the slot.
Moments later, Myers beat Niemi off a rush up the right side, but his shot clanked off the cross bar.
After another pair of saves, Enroth was beaten when Sheppard forced a puck between the goaltender’s legs after a shot rebounded off the end boards.
The Sharks finished the second period with a 31-13 advantage in shots on goal.
Penguins D Martin has surgery on hand
CHICAGO — Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma says defenseman Paul Martin had surgery to repair his broken right hand.
Bylsma says doctors decided the operation “would be a better avenue for recovery, a quicker recovery.” Martin injured his hand while playing for the United States in the quarterfinal round of the Sochi Olympics and is out for four to six weeks.
Bylsma announced the surgery after Pittsburgh practiced at Soldier Field on Friday in preparation for Saturday night’s game against Chicago.
Bylsma also says defenseman Kris Letang got on the ice for the family skate after practice. Letang is recovering from a stroke, and it’s unclear when he will be able to return.