ST. PAUL, Minn. – Mike Grier snapped a tie with 3:32 remaining and Martin Biron set a Sabres record by winning his 10th straight start in Buffalo’s 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild.

Grier netted the winner when he tipped Chris Drury’s shot while standing in front of the net. Drury got the tying tally in the second period on a goal originally credited to Grier.

Biron, who made 34 saves, hasn’t lost since Nov. 12 at Ottawa. Since then, the Sabres are 11-1-1 including seven straight road wins. He broke Gerry Desjardins’ team record of nine consecutive wins, set in the 1976-77 season.

The last NHL goalie to win 10 consecutive starts was Detroit’s Dominik Hasek in 2001-02.

Biron’s best save was a right pad stop of Marc Chouinard’s slap shot during a Minnesota power play with 6 minutes remaining. He also made a sprawling save on Randy Robitaille earlier in the period.

Brian Rolston had a goal and an assist for Minnesota, which returned home following a 1-3-1 road trip in which the Wild scored just 11 goals. They are 0-12-4 when scoring two goals or fewer.

Thomas Vanek put the Sabres up 1-0 when a pass from Derek Roy bounced slightly off his skate, before Vanek was able to swat the puck past Dwayne Roloson 8:03 into the first period.

Minnesota, which lost 3-2 in Philadelphia on Saturday, tied it three minutes later on a power play as Mikko Koivu took a perfect feed from Robitaille and beat Biron with a one-timer from the slot.

Rolston put Minnesota up 2-1 at 11:47 of the second period by tipping in a pass. Marian Gaborik took a feed from Brent Burns behind the net and carried the puck toward the right corner before sliding a pass back to Rolston, who was coming down the slot.

Gaborik had an opportunity four minutes later when he took a pass from Pierre-Marc Bouchard and got a stride behind two Sabres defenders, but his shot hit Biron in the chest.

A shot by Jay McKee through traffic deflected off Grier and was tipped past Roloson by Drury to get Buffalo even at 2 with 39 seconds left in the second period.

Buffalo, which entered the game with the NHL’s second-best power play at 21.7 percent, went 0-for-5. Minnesota was 1-for-8.

Notes: Roloson made 27 saves. … The game was the 200th consecutive sellout for Minnesota, including preseason and playoff games. The Wild have sold out every game in team history. … Minnesota D Filip Kuba missed his third straight game with back spasms. LW Pascal Dupuis missed his second straight due to the flu. … C Daniel Briere returned for Buffalo after missing eight games with an abdominal strain. … Vanek scored 113 points in two seasons at the University of Minnesota.

AP-ES-12-11-05 2159EST


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