BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) _ Clint Malarchuk stopped 31 shots as the Buffalo Sabres beat Dynamo Moscow 4-2 Wednesday night, handing the touring Soviet team its first loss in three games against NHL teams.

The Sabres did not dress six regulars - including Soviet defector Alexander Mogilny, who sat out at the request of the NHL and the Soviet Hockey Federation. Pierre Turgeon, the Sabres' leading scorers, also was among those who got the night off.

Donald Audette, Steve Ludzik, Kevin Maguire and Dave Andreychuk scored for the Sabres. Sergei Yashin and Oleg Znarok scored for Dynamo, which beat Pittsburgh and Toronto in the first two games of its tour.

Dynamo goaltender Andrei Karpin stopped 23 shots as the Soviets outshot the Sabres 33-27.

Buffalo, 4-1 lifetime in exhibitions against Soviet teams, held leads of 2-1 after the first period and 4-2 after the second.

Audette, recalled for the game from Rochester of the American Hockey League, opened the scoring at 16:50 of the first period, taking a pass from John Tucker and beating Karpin with a 10-foot wrist shot. Ludzik took advantage of a turnover, broke in alone on Karpin and scored on a backhander at 17:24.

Dynamo cut the deficit to 2-1 with 1:06 remaining in the period when Anatoli Antipov sent Yashin in alone to beat Malarchuk to the stick side.

Maguire's goal at 3:20 of the second gave the Sabres a 3-1 advantage, but Znarok scored 19 seconds later into an open net after a scramble in the crease to make the score 3-2.

Andreychuk gave Buffalo a 4-2 lead at the 12-minute mark, beating Karpin to the stick side from the top of the left circle.