Buffalo (WKBW) Newly acquired forward Matt Moulson scored a pair of goals in his debut but it wasn't enough for the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night. The Sabres dropped to 2-11-1 on the season with a 4-3 loss to the visiting Dallas Stars.
The game marked the return of former Sabres Head Coach Lindy Ruff to the First Niagara Center. Ruff looked out of place behind the visitors bench with the Dallas Stars after spending 16 years with the Sabres.
Fans gave the celebrated Ruff a standing ovation in the first period after the Sabres recognized his return with a video tribute.
"I have always said the fans of WNY and this area have been tremendous. I watched for a little while, but then I stopped when I got emotional. That was first class by the organization", said Ruff after the game. "The Hockey is one thing but the way the community has supported myself and my family has been second to none.", Ruff continued. "The fans have been terrific. I was really glad when the tribute was over I wanted to get the game over after that, a lot of good memories here"
The Sabres had to dig themselves out of a early hole. Vernon Fiddler, Alex Goligoski and Tyler Seguin all scored for Dallas in the first period. The Sabres trailed 3-1 in the second period when a Jamie Benn goal put Buffalo in a three goal deficit.
Steve Ott pulled the Sabres back within two with his second of the season at 12:54 of the second period. Ott scored on the power play off a pass from Mikhail Grigorenko. Moulson moved the Sabres within one with his second of the game at 17:17 of the period.
Moulson's first goal came just 3:26 into the first period when he scored off a great pass from Tyler Ennis. Moulson was acquired by the Sabres in a trade for veteran Thomas Vanek on Sunday night.