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Vrbata's late goal lifts Coyotes past Sabres

  • Arizona Coyotes left wing Brendan Perlini (29) skates between Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen (55) and Jake McCabe (29) in the second period during an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

    Arizona Coyotes left wing Brendan Perlini (29) skates between Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen (55) and Jake McCabe (29) in the second period during an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)  (The Associated Press)

  • Buffalo Sabres right wing Kyle Okposo (21) slashes Arizona Coyotes left wing Brendan Perlini in the second period during an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

    Buffalo Sabres right wing Kyle Okposo (21) slashes Arizona Coyotes left wing Brendan Perlini in the second period during an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)  (The Associated Press)

  • Arizona Coyotes left wing Jordan Martinook (48) skates away from Buffalo Sabres center Zemgus Girgensons (28) in the second period during an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

    Arizona Coyotes left wing Jordan Martinook (48) skates away from Buffalo Sabres center Zemgus Girgensons (28) in the second period during an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)  (The Associated Press)

Radim Vrbata scored with 18.9 seconds left to cap a three-goal third period and lift the Arizona Coyotes over the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 on Sunday night.

Vrbata took a pass from Alex Goligoski to the left of the Buffalo net, skated halfway between the blue line and the left faceoff circle, hesitated for a second and fired a shot through traffic and past goaltender Anders Nilsson.

Vrbata also had an assist, and Max Domi and Jamie McGinn also scored for the trade-depleted Coyotes, who snapped a two-game skid. Louis Domingue made 31 saves.

Jack Eichel had a goal and an assist, and Evan Rodrigues also scored for the Sabres, who have lost three straight. Nilsson stopped 26 shots.