Sabres 3, Wild 1

Associated Press  |  Last updated March 24, 2012
Rookie Marcus Foligno scored a power-play goal 1:45 into the third period, and the Buffalo Sabres continued their late-season surge into playoff contention with a 3-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night. Cody Hodgson had a goal and assist, while Thomas Vanek scored his first goal in eight games for Buffalo which overcame a slow start to improve to 6-0-2 in its past eight and 18-5-5 in its past 28. Ryan Miller stopped 24 shots in helping the Sabres (37-29-10) vaulted two points ahead of Washington and alone into eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings. The Sabres have six games left - one fewer than the Capitals - and haven't been in playoff contention since the morning of Dec. 20. And they're on a roll at home, improving to 7-0-2 in their past nine. Steven Kampfer scored the lone goal for the Wild (31-33-10).
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