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February 4, 2014

Hendricks lifts Oilers to 3-2 win over Sabres in battle of worsts

BUFFALO — Familiar inconsistencies. Different result.

Matt Hendricks and the Edmonton Oilers proved they aren't so bad that they can't beat the lowly Buffalo Sabres — and on the road, no less. The newly acquired forward scored a short-handed goal 57 seconds into the third period, and the Oilers hung on for a 3-2 win in a matchup of the NHL's two worst teams Monday night.

Bouncing back from a lethargic effort in a 4-0 loss at Boston on Saturday, the Oilers managed to eke out a win against the only team below them in the overall standings. Edmonton (19-33-6) won for the fourth time in five games and moved six points clear of the Sabres (15-32-8), who dropped to 4-8-4 in their past 16.

"We didn't have a very good game in Boston. We let them kind of dictate the game for 60 minutes," Hendricks said. "Tonight, we didn't have our 'A' game either, but we were able to get a road win."

Justin Schultz and Jeff Petry also scored for Edmonton, and David Perron had two assists. Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 42 shots in helping Edmonton snap an 0-5-1 skid against the Sabres dating to a 4-1 win on Oct. 16, 2003.

The Oilers, outshot 44-28, even had the good fortune of getting a break from the officials.

Sabres forward Marcus Foligno had a potential tying goal waved off with 10:25 left when referee Gord Dwyer ruled the whistle had blown before the puck went in. Foligno drove in from left side and got a shot off that Bryzgalov appeared to glove. Foligno followed up by poking the puck in.

Dwyer, parked at the left post, immediately waved it off and then confirmed the call following a video review.

"It was a quick whistle. It was a tough break," Foligno said. "We could have had momentum after that shift with a goal."

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