Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mogilny Returns, Helps Sabres Beat Calgary 5-3 and End Skid

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mogilny Returns, Helps Sabres Beat Calgary 5-3 and End Skid

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Getting Alexander Mogilny back in the lineup was exactly what the Buffalo Sabres needed to get their season back on track.

Mogilny, who tied for the league lead in goals last season with 76, suffered a broken leg and torn ankle ligaments in a goal-mouth pileup in last season's playoff loss to Montreal.

He returned to the Buffalo lineup Wednesday night at Calgary and scored a power-play goal in the first period as Buffalo (2-7-1) won for the first time since an opening-night victory Oct. 7 at Boston. Calgary dropped to 6-3-2.

"Alex just creates openings for everyone else on our team," Buffalo left wing Rob Ray said.

"And his speed means more open ice, for instance, for Patty," he added, a reference to center Pat LaFontaine, the team's offensive star who has played well, but not spectacularly, this season.

Wayne Presley, Bob Sweeney, Yuri Khmylev and Randy Wood also scored for Buffalo, whose winless streak included a seven-game losing string.

Goalie Grant Fuhr sparkled for Buffalo, saving 28 shots. His biggest one came in the fifth minute of the third period when he stopped German Titov on a breakaway. Moments later, Wood fired a shot from about 20 feet past goalie Trevor Kidd to put Buffalo ahead by two.

The five goals marked a turnaround for the Sabres, who were being outshot early in the season in large part because they were spending an inordinate amount of time in their defensive zone.

The Sabres' play in their own end hasn't been helped by the absences of defensemen Doug Bodger, Petr Svoboda and Denis Tsygurov. Bodger has back problems, Svoboda is out with a knee injury and Tsygurov has what is described as a charley horse.

Throw in injuries to solid two-way players like Khymlev and Presley, combine that with the fact the Sabres don't have a lot of depth to begin with, and an explanation for Buffalo's slow start comes into focus.

***** Flyers 5, Senators 2

At Ottawa, Rod Brind'Amour scored twice and Eric Lindros had a goal and an assist for Philadelphia, which took over sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Division ahead of New Jersey with a record of 8-2. …

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