Dallas Stars

Stars start slow, fall flat against last-place Sabres

Buffalo center Tyler Ennis (63) turns as a puck deflects off Stars defenseman John Klingberg past goaltender Anders Lindback in the first period.
Buffalo center Tyler Ennis (63) turns as a puck deflects off Stars defenseman John Klingberg past goaltender Anders Lindback in the first period. AP

Jhonas Enroth made 38 saves and Chris Stewart assisted on all three goals for the Buffalo Sabres in their first victory at home in more than a month, 3-2 over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night.

Tyler Myers, Tyler Ennis and Zemgus Girgensons scored for the Sabres, who won at First Niagara Center for the first time since Dec. 27.

Tyler Seguin and Cody Eakin had goals for the Stars, who started a three-game road trip by spotting the last-place Sabres a 3-0 lead.

Anders Lindback started in goal for the Stars in place of Kari Lehtonen and made 21 saves. Lindback, recalled Friday from a conditioning stint in AHL Texas, started for the first time since Jan. 15 and is now 2-8 this season.

The Sabres were outshot 15-8 in the first period, but scored on their eighth shot to build a 1-0 lead with 1:43 left in the period. Myers took a cross-ice pass from Stewart and fired a shot that deflected into the net off Stars defenseman John Klingberg, who was tied up with Ennis in front.

Buffalo took a 2-0 lead on its ninth shot, 43 seconds into the second period. A cross-checking penalty on Dallas’ Ryan Garbutt in the final minute of the first put the Sabres on the power play to open the second, and Ennis took advantage of a feed from Stewart to score his 13th goal of the season.

Girgensons netted his team-leading 14th goal six minutes into the second period, taking a pass from Nikita Zadorov and tapping the puck into a wide-open net. Stewart had a secondary assist on the goal.

Seguin broke the shutout by scoring his 29th goal of the season with 4:37 left in the second period on the power play.

Dallas cut the lead to 3-2 with 10:13 remaining when Klingberg set up Eakin’s goal. Klingberg, extended his points streak to five games with his two assists.

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