Wild fall to Buffalo 02 Nov 16

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Johan Larsson had a third-period goal in his return to Minnesota and Robin Lehner made 27 saves, lifting the Buffalo Sabres over the Wild 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Ryan O’Reilly added his fourth goal for Buffalo, which has won three straight.

Larsson, a 2010 second-round pick by Minnesota, played one career game for the Wild in 2012-13 before being traded for Jason Pominville.

The Swedish forward batted a bouncing puck past goaltender Devan Dubnyk with just over six minutes left. Brian Gionta centered a puck that went off the stick of Minnesota forward Mikael Granlund and Larsson swatted it out of the air with the shaft of his stick.

Dubnyk stopped 22 shots but had his individual scoreless streak end at 183:16. Granlund scored his second goal for Minnesota, which had won three in a row and was unbeaten in four previous home games.


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Wild center Zac Dalpe will miss the next four to six weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee.

Dalpe was hurt Saturday in Minnesota’s 4-0 win over Dallas. The Wild placed Dalpe on long-term injured reserve on Tuesday after what the team called a successful operation, performed by Dr. Joel Boyd. Dalpe, who turned 27 on Tuesday, has one goal and two assists in nine games.

The Wild recalled forwards Christoph Bertschy, Tyler Graovac and Jordan Schroeder from their AHL affiliate in Iowa before hosting Buffalo on Tuesday.

Bertschy and Graovac played on Saturday against Dallas before being sent back briefly. Schroeder will make his season debut. He’s played in 51 games for the Wild over the last two years.