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Oilers forwards David Perron (57) and Nail Yakupov (right) celebrate defenceman Jeff Petry's...

Oilers forwards David Perron (57) and Nail Yakupov (right) celebrate defenceman Jeff Petry's (centre) first-period goal against the Sabres Monday night in Buffalo. (Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:38 PM ET

BUFFALO - It’s safe to say the game lived up to its billing.

The two worst teams in the NHL squared off Monday with the Edmonton Oilers pulling out a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

Matt Hendricks scored a short-handed goal early in the third period, which proved to be the difference in an otherwise uninspiring contest.

Jeff Petry and Justin Schultz also scored for the Oilers, who have now won three of their last four games.

Steve Ott and Drew Stafford scored for the Sabres, who fell six points back of the Oilers for last place in the overall standings.

Petry got things going for the Oilers early, scoring on the game’s first shift. The Oilers defenceman took a pass from David Perron in the slot and swept a shot past Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth.

The Sabres backup got the start in favour of Ryan Miller, who gave up five goals and was pulled in a 7-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.


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