Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Lander with Goal and Two Assists as Oilers Beat Sabres 3-2

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Lander with Goal and Two Assists as Oilers Beat Sabres 3-2

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Lander's three-point night leads Oilers over Sabres 3-2

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EDMONTON - The fourth line answered the bell for the Edmonton Oilers in a showdown of the league's two worst clubs on Thursday.

Anton Lander and Matt Fraser each had a goal and two assists as the Oilers beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-2.

Oscar Klefbom also scored for the Oilers (13-27-9), who have won three of their last four and now sit four points ahead of last-place Buffalo. The Oilers are now 6-5-2 since interim head coach Todd Nelson took over as full-time head coach.

Nelson, who has spent plenty of time watching Lander's progress in the American Hockey League, is thrilled to see him start to shine at the NHL level.

"Thank goodness Anton Lander had the game that he did tonight. He was exceptional, by far the best player on the ice," Nelson said. "I think he feels really comfortable and more confident when he looks behind and sees me. I've been working with him every year since he came over from Europe, so I think that helps. He's really improved his game. He has earned the opportunity. I thought he was outstanding tonight."

Lander shrugged off his personal best three-point performance.

"I think we played all right, we can still get better," he said. "You don't have to play great all the time, but if you get a win that's the most important thing. It's nice to get wins here the last couple of games. It's a good thing we have going on now, we have to keep it going."

Tyler Myers and Rasmus Ristolainen replied for the Sabres (14-31-3), who have lost a franchise-worst 13 games in a row and only have one win in their last 18.

"The defence were involved, but it wasn't a 60-minute effort for all of us," said Sabres centre Torrey Mitchell. "We play the first two periods well or we score the first goal, and get off to good starts and we just can't build on it right now."

It is clear the frustration level is running very high for the Sabres at the moment.

"We had our chances," said Buffalo head coach Ted Nolan. "With this team we need everyone, we can't afford two or three guys not playing well or not giving what they have to give. …

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