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Sabres defeat Sharks after big trade

AP

Sabres 4, Sharks 2 

Marcus Foligno looked up at the video board and was moved as the Buffalo Sabres said farewell to two of their most popular players.

Jhonas Enroth made 36 saves as the Sabres beat the San Jose Sharks 4-2 on Friday night, a few hours after they traded away goalie Ryan Miller and captain Steve Ott.

“I’m not going to lie. It was pretty emotional watching the tribute,” Foligno said. “That was pretty nice what they did during the game, and those are two players that were hugely respected here in the city and respected Buffalo as well.”

Miller was set to start his 541st career game for the Sabres, but was pulled from the lineup just over an hour before the puck was dropped.

The deal made head coach Ted Nolan push Enroth into the starting lineup.

“I was sitting in the back, joking around with the trainers about all these trade rumors and I told them hopefully it doesn’t happen on game day, especially against the Sharks,” Enroth quipped.

“Three minutes after, Coach Nolan came up to me and told me I was starting, so I kind of jinxed myself there.

“After that, I was a bit more nervous than usual but I told myself I had nothing to lose.”

Enroth played well and the Sabres got goals from Cody Hodgson, Brian Flynn, Matt Moulson and Tyler Myers.

Avalanche 4 Coyotes 2

In Denver, Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and two assists, and Paul Stastny netted a goal and an assist as Colorado defeated Phoenix.

Wild 2, Canucks 1 (SO)

In Vancouver, Justin Fontaine’s goal in the seventh round of the shootout gave Minnesota a win over the Canucks.

Ducks 1, Blues 0

In Anaheim, Jonas Hiller made 18 saves in his fifth shutout of the season and Andrew Cogliano scored in the opening minutes as the NHL-leading Ducks returned from their Olympic break with a victory over St. Louis.