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Dahlin, Ullmark notch career firsts in 3-0 win over Arizona

Jeff Skinner adds his first goal as a Sabre in the win

October 13, 2018 - 9:14 pm

The Buffalo Sabres enjoyed a night of firsts in Arizona on Saturday night as Rasmus Dahlin scored his first NHL goal, Jeff Skinner picked up his first goal wearing a Buffalo sweater and Linus Ullmark picked up his first career shutout in a 3-0 win over the Coyotes.

Dahlin's goal, which proved to be the game-winner, came just 2:45 into the game. The rookie defenseman kickstarted the play by feeding a pass to Skinner, whose scoring chance got behind Antti Raanta but came up short of the goal line. Dahlin swept in to slam the puck home for the 1-0 lead and his first career goal. At 18 years and 183 days old, Dahlin became the youngest defenseman to score a goal since Kyle McLaren of the Boston Bruins on October 26, 1995.

Later in the period, Conor Sheary put the Sabres up 2-0 on the power play. Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart passed the puck back and forth along the near wall before Reinhart found Sheary in front with a backhand pass. Sheary hammered it past Raanta for his third goal of the young season. The score remained 2-0 until 16:29 of the 3rd period when Skinner took a long, looping pass from Rasmus Ristolainen, controlled a bouncing puck, walked in on net and tucked a shot under the crossbar to give Buffalo a three-goal advantage.

Ullmark, seeing his first action of the season, was sharp in net, coming up with 36 saves.

The Coyotes have now been shut out in three out of their first four games.


Goal Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 2:45 - Rasmus Dahlin (1) (Jeff Skinner); 18:06 - Conor Sheary (PPG) (3) (Sam Reinhart, Jack Eichel)

Second Period:


Third Period:

BUF: 16:29 - Jeff Skinner (1) (Rasmus Ristolainen)


Penalty Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 12:36 - Casey Mittelstadt (Hooking - 2 min.)
ARI: 16:55 - Christian Fischer (Cross checking - 2 min.)

Second Period:

BUF: 4:04 - Sam Reinhart (Slashing - 2 min.)
ARI: 11:13 - Ilya Lyubushkin (Holding - 2 min.)

Third Period:

BUF: 2:42 - Kyle Okposo (Delaying the game - 2 min.); 17:11 - Rasmus Ristolainen (Roughing - 2 min.)
ARI: 16:44 - Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Slashing - 2 min.); 17:11 - Kevin Connauton (Slashing - 2 min.)

Shots on Goal:

BUF: 23 (7, 11, 5)
ARI: 36 (14, 9, 13)


BUF: Linus Ullmark - 36 saves
ARI: Antti Raanta - 20 saves

Power Plays:

BUF: 1 for 3 (33.3%)
ARI: 0 for 3 (0%)

Three Stars:

  1. Linus Ullmark - BUF
  2. Rasmus Dahlin - BUF
  3. Conor Sheary - BUF

What's Next:

Buffalo's five-game road trip continues on Tuesday with a 10 p.m. faceoff at Vegas. The defending Western Conference champs are 2-4 to start the season and return home following a five-game road swing of their own, which included a 3-1 loss in Buffalo last Monday. Hear the call of Sabres-Golden Knights on Monday. Pre-game coverage with Brian Koziol begins at 9 p.m.

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