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Meszaros scores twice, Sabres end 5-game losing streak with 4-1 win over Coyotes

  • Buffalo Sabres' Mikhail Grigorenko (25), of Russia, battles Arizona Coyotes' Sam Gagner (9) for the puck after a face-off during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March 30, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Buffalo Sabres' Mikhail Grigorenko (25), of Russia, battles Arizona Coyotes' Sam Gagner (9) for the puck after a face-off during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March 30, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)  (The Associated Press)

  • Buffalo Sabres' Anders Lindback (35), of Sweden, makes a save on a shot by Arizona Coyotes' Tobias Rieder (8), of Germany, during the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March 30, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Buffalo Sabres' Anders Lindback (35), of Sweden, makes a save on a shot by Arizona Coyotes' Tobias Rieder (8), of Germany, during the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March 30, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)  (The Associated Press)

  • Buffalo Sabres' Patrick Kaleta (36) gets his shot turned away by a diving Arizona Coyotes' Mike Smith, left, as Coyotes' Andrew Campbell (45) and Joe Vitale (14) arrive late to defend during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March 30, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Buffalo Sabres' Patrick Kaleta (36) gets his shot turned away by a diving Arizona Coyotes' Mike Smith, left, as Coyotes' Andrew Campbell (45) and Joe Vitale (14) arrive late to defend during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March 30, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)  (The Associated Press)

Andrej Meszaros scored two goals for the second straight game, and the Buffalo Sabres ended a five-game losing streak by beating the Arizona Coyotes 4-1 Monday night in a matchup between the NHL's worst two teams.

The Sabres, the NHL's lowest-scoring team, had a rare strong night on the offensive end, generating 31 shots in the first two periods against goalie Mike Smith.

Anders Lindback stopped 28 shots, and Brian Gionta and Rasmus Ristolainen each added empty-net goals in Buffalo's second win in 14 games (2-9-3).

Smith made some spectacular saves to keep it close, but it wasn't enough to stop Arizona from extending its home losing streak to eight — one short of the franchise record set earlier this season.

Smith stopped 32 shots overall, and Connor Murphy scored for the Coyotes, who have won once in their past 18 home games (1-15-2).