BUFFALO – Emerson Etem
and Corey Perry
each scored two goals to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 6-3 win against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center on Saturday night. The victory improved the Ducks to 11-3-1 on the season, and 4-2-1 on their eight-game road trip that concludes on Monday night at Madison Square Garden.
After a scoreless first period, the Sabres got on the board first at 7:15 of the second when Cody Hodgson scored on the power play, his fifth goal of the season.
The lead was short-lived, however, as Ryan Getzlaf scored his sixth of the season at 9:42 to make it a 1-1 game.
Defenseman Sami Vatanen gave the Ducks a 2-1 lead when he fired home a wrist shot from the slot at 15:18 of the second, his first goal of the season. Emerson Etem followed that up 34 seconds later with his third of the season to make it 3-1.
"We knew it wasn’t going to be easy," Etem said. "Buffalo is a great team. They’re young and fast. We just wanted to make sure we got on them right away, and that’s what we did. They were with us for a while, but I think our system kicked in and we played solid hockey, and we were able to battle it out."
Corey Perry and Etem scored 39 seconds apart in the third period at to make it a 5-1 game. Perry beat Jhonas Enroth at 4:50 before Etem put Anaheim up by four goals at 5:29. It was Etem's first career multi-goal game. The Ducks went on to score five unanswered goals before Henrik Tallinder made the score 5-2.
"Our goal each and every game is to have a good start, and I don’t think we did that tonight," Etem said. "Couple things we need to work on, but I’m proud of how the guys battled back."
Tallinder and Tyler Myers each scored their first of the season to cut the lead to 5-3, but Perry’s second goal of the night, and team-leading eighth on the season, at 15:38 on a breakaway put the game away.
Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller made 14 saves to earn his sixth win of the season. Enroth stopped 23 shots in the loss.
For the Sabres, the loss is their fourth in a row and they fell to a League-worst 2-13-1 record. They’ll head to the west coast to face the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.
The Ducks (11-3-1) conclude their eight-game road trip on Monday against the New York Rangers.