Hertl, Sharks hang on, send Sabres to fifth straight loss


BUFFALO — Tomas Hertl had a goal and an assist for the San Jose Sharks in a 3-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center on Thursday.

Matt Nieto and Timo Meier scored for the Sharks (18-16-1), who won for the first time in three games. Adin Hill made 37 saves.

Jeff Skinner and Zemgus Girgensons scored, and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 18 saves for the Sabres (10-18-6), who have lost five in a row (0-3-2).

Nieto gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead at 12:27 of the first period. Nick Bonino won a puck battle along the left wall and passed to Andrew Cogliano at the left net, who quickly passed to Nieto in the left face-off circle.

Meier scored on a long shot from the left side inside the blue line that went off the far post in to make it 2-0 at 13:44. Meier has three goals and five assists in his past six games.

Hertl extended it to 3-0 at 17:24. Alexander Barabanov won a race for the puck in the neutral zone and passed to a trailing Hertl, who scored from the slot.

Skinner cut it to 3-1 at 7:56 of the second period, picking up the puck along the right wall and skating to the high slot before scoring top corner on Hill.

Girgensons made it 3-2 on the power play at 18:14 of the third period, jamming in a rebound at the left side of the net with Luukkonen pulled for the extra attacker.

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