NHL

Landeskog scores twice, Avalanche beat Sabres 5-3

  • Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog, of Sweden, celebrates at the end of the team's NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, in Denver. The Avalanche won 5-3. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

    Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog, of Sweden, celebrates at the end of the team's NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, in Denver. The Avalanche won 5-3. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Colorado Avalanche goalie Jeremy Smith waits for the second period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

    Colorado Avalanche goalie Jeremy Smith waits for the second period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Colorado Avalanche right winger Jarome Iginla, left, congratulates goalie Jeremy Smith after he stopped the final shot from the Buffalo Sabres in the closing moments of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, in Denver. The Avalanche won 5-3. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

    Colorado Avalanche right winger Jarome Iginla, left, congratulates goalie Jeremy Smith after he stopped the final shot from the Buffalo Sabres in the closing moments of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, in Denver. The Avalanche won 5-3. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)  (The Associated Press)

Gabriel Landeskog had two goals and an assist, and Jeremy Smith made 34 saves for his first NHL win as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-3 on Saturday night.

The lowly Avalanche saw their three-goal lead twice cut down to one but held the Sabres scoreless in the third period for only their second victory in the last 10 games.

Buffalo came back from its bye week and missed a chance to make up ground in the Eastern Conference standings. The Sabres are seven points behind Toronto for third place in the Atlantic Division and six back of Boston for the second wild card.

Landeskog, Mikhail Grigorenko and Tyson Barrie scored in the first 14:24 for Colorado, which hadn't scored three goals in a game since Feb. 7. Blake Comeau added another in the second period and Landeskog scored his second of the game on an empty-net chance with 41 seconds remaining.