As Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno looked up at the video board, their lives flashed before their eyes. There were clips of goals and fights. There were slides of them visiting hospitals and skating with kids from SABAH.
The former Buffalo Sabres waved to the applauding crowd when the tribute video ended. Then they went out and added another highlight.
Ennis and Foligno combined on Minnesota's first goal Wednesday night, and it propelled the Wild to a 5-4 victory in KeyBank Center. Ennis and Foligno celebrated during their first trip to Buffalo since being traded in June for Jason Pominville and Marco Scandella.
Meanwhile, the Sabres' slide continued. They are 0-5-2 in the last seven games, 5-13-4 this season and 2-7-1 at home.
Short night: Sabres goaltender Chad Johnson started the game, but he lasted only 20 minutes. Johnson allowed three goals on 13 shots as Buffalo trailed, 3-1, after one period. Robin Lehner skated to the crease to start the second.
Did it go in?: It did, though the officials needed a video review to find out. Jack Eichel and Pominville whacked at the puck at the side of Minnesota's net with seven minutes gone, and they soon raised their sticks in celebration. The nearby referee, however, waved the no-goal signal.
During the commercial break, the replay officials confirmed Eichel's sixth goal of the season and a 1-0 lead for Buffalo. Eichel has two goals in the last 13 games.
Quick answer: Ennis scored 2:04 after Eichel to tie it, 1-1. Foligno and Wild center Charlie Coyle outworked the Sabres along the boards to get the puck to Ennis. The winger spun and sent a no-look backhand to the net that fooled Johnson.
Two more: The Wild scored two goals in two minutes to make it 3-1. Mikael Granlund scored unassisted after taking advantage of a turnover by Johan Larsson. Nino Niederreiter scored on the power play, deflecting Mikko Koivu's shot in the slot with 5:32 left in the first period.
That's a first: Jordan Nolan scored his first goal with the Sabres, giving the home team a pulse with 2:01 gone in the second. The winger's shot from the right circle beat goaltender Devan Dubnyk high.
Two more again: The Wild opened a 5-2 lead by scoring the next two goals. Niederreiter, who has goals in five straight games, found the net from close range while being knocked down by Josh Gorges. The Minnesota power play then struck again as Niederreiter and Granlund both tipped Koivu's point shot, with Granlund getting the goal with 4:04 left in the second.
Tips accepted: The Sabres earned their own deflection to head into the second intermission in a 5-3 hole. Sam Reinhart sped to the top of the crease to tip Jake McCabe's pass with 1:35 remaining. Reinhart has three goals and five points in the last five games.
That's a second: Nolan treated the crowd to another goal, scoring with 6:05 remaining in the game. He beat Dubnyk from the right boards to cut Buffalo's deficit to 5-4.
Despite pulling Lehner, the Sabres couldn't tie it.
The Dominator: Sabres Hall of Fame goalie Dominik Hasek was in the house. He gave a Fonzie-like thumbs up to the crowd during his second-period introduction.
Welcome back: It was also the first trip back to Buffalo for Wild assistant coach Bob Woods, who was an assistant under Dan Bylsma last season.
Milestone: Larsson played his 200th game, and it came against the team that gave him his first. The Wild drafted Larsson in the second round in 2010 and sent him to the Sabres in 2013 as part of the trade that shipped Pominville to Minnesota.
Counting the house: Despite the influx of visitors to Buffalo for Thanksgiving, the Sabres sold 17,418 tickets for their 19,070-seat arena. Many of those tickets were not used.
Next: The Sabres continue their run of six games in nine days with a back-to-back. They host Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers on Friday and visit the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.