Whalers 5, Sabres 3
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) _ Dave Tippett scored twice in the third period as the Hartford Whalers rallied for a 5-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres in NHL Wednesday night.
Tippett scored his first goal of the season at 11:16 on a power play, scooping a backhand pass from Dana Murzyn past goaltender Tom Barrasso.
Just 2:04 later, Tippett deflected a shot from the blue line by Dave Babych past Barrasso.
Buffalo had taken a 3-2 lead early in period on a goal by Pierre Turgeon, but Kevin Dineen drew Hartford even.
Turgeon’s goal was his second of the night. The top pick in the 1987 draft got his first NHL goal at 3:50 of the first period when he steered in a Phil Housley pass at the edge of the crease on a power play.
In the second period, Hartford scored a pair of power-play goals for a 2-1 lead. John Anderson banked in a shot off Barrasso’s pads, then Paul MacDermid steered in a Ron Francis pass.
Dave Anderchuk tied it later in the period by driving the puck into an open when Hartford goalie Mike Liut was caught out of position stopping a shot by Christian Ruuttu.
″I thought we came on strong after the first period and played well,″ Whalers Coach Jack Evans said. ″We were on the puck and we forced a lot of turnovers. I didn’t think we gave them time to move around that much.″
Evans felt that Tippett’s performance was indicative of his play of late.
″Tippett has been a star in the last three games,″ Evans said. ″He’s played well for us.″
Buffalo Coach Ted Sator said his team ″ran out of gas.″ The Sabres have been playing without defensemen Mike Ramsey and Calle Johansson, and lost Shawn Anderson to an injury during the game.
″We just got worn down,″ Sator said. ″But give them (Hartford) credit. I feel they played well.″