Wild 6, Sabres 3
Wes Walz got the game-winner when he tipped a long shot from Daniel Tjarnqvist past Mika Noronen at 7:39 of the third period. The goal came 38 seconds after Andrei Zyuzin scored on his own rebound for the Wild. Kyle Wanvig added two third-period goals for Minnesota.
Daniel Briere scored twice on the power play and Jeff Jillson at even strength to put Buffalo (2-1) in front 3-0 after one period. Former University of Minnesota star Thomas Vanek and J.P. Dumont each had two assists for the Sabres.
The tightly called game featured 33 penalties. Buffalo was 2-for-11 on the power play; Minnesota 1-for-13.
Manny Fernandez stopped 25 shots. Noronen had 23 saves in his first action of the preseason.
Minnesota was again without its top player, Marian Gaborik, who is sidelined with a strained groin. The right wing has yet to play in the preseason.