Colorado dominates in 6-1 win over Sabres

Rasmus Dahlin records first NHL point in loss

Pat Malacaro
October 11, 2018 - 7:08 pm

Photo: Kevin Hoffman - USA TODAY Sports


The Colorado Avalanche scored a pair of power play goals in the first period, on their way to a 6-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night at KeyBank Center.

Jake McCabe took the first penalty of the night when he was called for hooking nearly halfway through the first period. Tyson Jost was able to tip a Tyson Barrie point shot past Carter Hutton and into the net. The power play goal gave the Avalanche a 1-0 lead. Barrie and Mikko Rantanen was credited with an assist on the game's first goal.

Colorado's second goal also came on the man advantage when Colin Wilson was able to recover in the slot and wire a shot home to double the lead to 2-0. Wilson was hit by a deflected shot from Samuel Girard. Both Girard and former Sabres draft pick J.T. Compher received assists on the score. The goal came after Hutton was called for tripping.

Carl Soderberg scored the first even strength goal of the night to expand the lead to 3-0 late in the opening stanza. The goal was the third for the visitors on 11 shots on goal. Gabriel Bourque was credited with the lone assist on the goal. 

Buffalo thought they had trimmed the deficit to 3-1 with just 21.5-seconds to go in the first period. However, a coach's challenge by the Avs reversed the score after it was determined that Kyle Okposo interfered with Semyon Varlamov on the chance.

The Sabres eventually broke through on the score sheet with just under three minutes to go in the second period. Nathan Beaulieu took a shot from the point that hit a body and bounced into the net. The score cut Buffalo's deficit to 3-1, however, it would be short lived. Nathan MacKinnon capitalized off of a turnover in the offensive zone to make the score 4-1 Colorado moments later. 

Sabres rookie defenseman Rasmus Dahlin assisted on Beaulieu's goal for his first career NHL point.

Matt Calvert was called for a hooking minor early in the third period, but Buffalo failed to take advantage of the 5-on-4 opportunity.

Alexander Kerfoot scored with less than five minutes remaining in the third to extend the Colorado lead to 5-1. It was Kerfoot's first goal of the season, and was assisted by Barrie. MacKinnon extended the lead to 6-1 over Buffalo on a breakaway goal just a minute and a half later. Semyon Varlamov stopped all 8 Sabres' shots on goal in the third to help preserve the win.


Goal Summary:

First Period:

COL: 10:55 - Tyson Jost (1) PPG (Tyson Barrie); 13:20 - Colin Wilson (3) PPG (Samuel Girard, J.T. Compher); 16:30 - Carl Soderberg (3) (Gabriel Bourque)

Second Period:

BUF: 17:05 - Nathan Beaulieu (1) (Rasmus Dahlin)
COL: 17:33 - Nathan MacKinnon (4) (Mikko Rantanen)

Third Period:

COL: 15:23 - Alexander Kerfoot (1) (Tyson Barrie); 17:01 - Nathan MacKinnon (5) (unassisted)


Penalty Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 9:16 - Jake McCabe (Hooking - 2 min.); 11:24 - Carter Hutton (Tripping - 2 min.)
COL: 17:17 - Team (Too Many Men On The Ice - 2 min.); 19:02 - Nathan MacKinnon (Hooking - 2 min.)

Second Period:

BUF: 3:23 - Nathan Beaulieu (Tripping - 2 min.); 19:58 - Johan Larsson (Slashing - 2 min.)
COL: 4:35 - Alexander Kerfoot (Interference - 2 min.); 12:12 - Vladislav Kamenev (Interference - 2 min.); 14:35 - Nikita Zadorov (Boarding - 2 min.)

Third Period:

COL: 6:33 - Matt Calvert (Hooking - 2 min.); 10:49 - Alexander Kerfoot (Holding - 2 min.)

Shots on Goal:

BUF: 31 (11, 12, 8)
COL: 30 (11, 8, 11)


BUF: Carter Hutton - 24 saves
COL: Semyon Varlamov - 30 saves

Power Plays:

BUF: 0 for 7 (0%)
COL: 2 for 4 (50%)

Three Stars:

  1. Nathan MacKinnon - COL
  2. Colin Wilson - COL
  3. Carl Soderberg - COL

What's Next:

The blue and gold head out on the road for the first time this season, beginning a five-game road trip on the west coast. Buffalo begins the trip on Saturday night against the Arizona Coyotes. Catch all of the action, including the nine o'clock puck drop, on the flagship home of the Sabres Radio Network - WGR Sports Radio 550. Pregame coverage with Brian Koziol begins at 8 p.m.

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