Dahlin shines as Sabres beat Devils at Prospects Challenge

Rasmus Dahlin puts on a show for the hometown crowd with two goals in the win

Brayton Wilson
September 07, 2018 - 9:34 pm

Photo: Buffalo Sabres / Bill Wippert

It was a great first showing for Rasmus Dahlin in a Buffalo Sabres uniform on Friday night.

The 18-year-old defenseman shined for the Sabres with two goals and an assist as Buffalo took Game 1 of the 2018 Sabres Prospects Challenge 6-4 over the New Jersey Devils at HarborCenter.

Dahlin scored his first goal of the night in the second period when his pass attempt to camp invitee Kevin Hancock went off a Devils defenseman in front of the net and past goaltender, Mackenzie Blackwood.

With the score tied at 4-4 in the third period, Dahlin thread a nice pass in the neutral zone across to Rochester Americans forward Myles Powell, who skated in and let go of a quick shot that Blackwood kicked aside. Dahlin saw the play develop and skated in, collecting the juicy rebound and netting it for the go-ahead goal.

Dahlin added his assist on Buffalo's sixth goal when he broke up a pass on a penalty kill, and Tage Thompson chased down a loose puck to score on a breakaway.

The Sabres get points from 12 different skaters on Friday, with camp invitee Cole Coskey, Victor Olofsson, and Alex Nylander also contributing in the goal scoring department. Forwards Rasmus Asplund and Matej Pekar each added a pair of assists to follow suit behind Dahlin in overall scoring.

Jonas Johansson got the start in goal for the Sabres, making 30 saves on 34 shots faced on the night.

Goal Summary:

BUF: Rasmus Dahlin (2), Cole Coskey, Victor Olofsson, Alex Nylander, Tage Thompson
NJD: Brett Seney, Nathan Bastian, Colton White, Fabian Zetterlund

Shots on Goal:

BUF - 30 (7, 12, 13); NJD - 34 (10, 16, 8)


BUF: Jonas Johansson - 30 saves
NJD: Mackenzie Blackwood - 26 saves

Power Plays:

BUF: 0 of 5 (0%)
NJD: 1 of 7 (14.3%)

What's Next:

The Sabres will play host to the Boston Bruins in their second game of the 2018 Prospects Challenge. Boston won their first game of the tournament with a 4-2 decision over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. with Paul Hamilton and Brian Koziol on the call on WGR Sports Radio 550.

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