Mueller Seals Avs’ 5-4 Shootout Win Over Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jamie McGinn forced overtime by scoring with 2 seconds left in regulation, and Peter Mueller netted the lone shootout goal in the Colorado Avalanche’s 5-4 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night.

McGinn scored twice, Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and assist, and David Jones scored for the Avalanche (38-30-4), who vaulted out of a four-way tie for eighth place in the Western Conference to sixth. Semyon Varlamov made 20 saves through overtime, and stopped all three of Buffalo’s shootout attempts to improve to 8-0 in the tiebreaker.

Rookie Marcus Foligno scored twice for Buffalo (33-29-9), which inched within three points of eighth-place Washington in the East. Drew Stafford had a goal and two assists, Tyler Ennis had three assists, and Alexander Sulzer also scored for the Sabres.

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