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Cozens scores 2 goals, Sabres snap skid with 3-2 win over Oilers

Anders Bjork scored during a second period in which Buffalo overcame a 2-1 deficit after Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl scored two power-play goals.
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Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (97) carries the puck past Buffalo Sabres center Dylan Cozens (24) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Dylan Cozens scored twice, including the go-ahead goal, in a span of 5 minutes, 14 seconds, and the Buffalo Sabres snapped a 0-4-1 skid with a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night.

Anders Bjork also scored during a second period in which Buffalo overcame a 2-1 deficit after Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl scored two power-play goals. Dustin Tokarski stopped 33 shots for his second win in seven starts.

The Pacific Division-leading Oilers dropped to 10-3 in failing to win 11 of their first 13 games of a season for the first time in team history.

Draisaitl improved his NHL-leading total to 14 goals, and Connor McDavid had an assist to extend his season-opening points streak to 13 games.

PREGAME NOTES: The Sabres had gone 4-1-1 in home games going into Friday. Buffalo has scored 35 goals and ranks eighth in the Eastern Conference averaging 2.9 goals per game. Victor Olofsson leads the team with five.

The Oilers had been 4-1-0 on the road. Edmonton averages 11.4 points per game to lead the Western Conference, recording 4.2 goals and 7.2 assists per game.

TOP PERFORMERS: Rasmus Asplund leads the Sabres with a plus-four in 12 games this season. Olofsson has four goals over the last 10 games for Buffalo, which has lost five straight.

Draisaitl leads the Oilers with 12 goals and has 26 points. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has 14 assists over the last 10 games for Edmonton.

LAST 10 GAMES: Sabres: 3-5-2, averaging 2.9 goals, 4.7 assists, 3.4 penalties and 7.4 penalty minutes while giving up 3.2 goals per game with a .904 save percentage.

Oilers: 8-2-0, averaging 4.4 goals, 7.2 assists, 2.8 penalties and 6.4 penalty minutes while allowing 2.9 goals per game with a .909 save percentage.

INJURIES: Sabres: Craig Anderson: day to day (upper body), Victor Olofsson: day to day (undisclosed), Casey Mittelstadt: out (upper body).

Oilers: Zack Kassian: day to day (lower-body).