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Hutton stands tall in 2-1 shootout win over Jets

Carter Hutton shines in the shootout, while Jeff Skinner nets his 14th goal of the season

November 16, 2018 - 8:27 pm

The Buffalo Sabres needed Carter Hutton on Friday night, and the netminder came through in a big way.

Hutton made 25 saves in regulation and stopped five Winnipeg Jets skaters in a shootout, leading the Sabres to a 2-1 win at MTS Centre. The victory marked Buffalo's fourth in a row, good for 24 points and third place in the Atlantic Division.

The Sabres' lone goal during regulation came courtesy of Jeff Skinner, who netted his team-leading 14th goal of the season. Jack Eichel picked up another assist on Skinner's goal, giving him 16 helpers on the year. 

Hutton was outstanding in the opening 20 minutes, a period that saw Buffalo out-shot 12-4 with Winnipeg holding a 9-1 shot advantage at the halfway point of the first.

Hutton's strong play continued into the second period, but the Jets finally broke through on Kyle Connor's ninth goal of the season. Winnipeg pounced on a Tage Thompson turnover in the Buffalo zone and came back with a 2-on-1 rush featuring Connor and Patrik Laine. Connor took the pass and snapped a shot over Hutton for the 1-0 lead.

Buffalo put 16 shots on Laurent Brossoit during the second period, but to no avail. Perhaps Buffalo's best chance to get on the board in the middle frame came in the final minute, but Sam Reinhart's power play shot went off the crossbar and out of play, keeping the score 1-0.

Skinner's torrid pace continued on the same power play during the opening minute of the third period. The Sabres forward put home an Eichel rebound, making the score 1-1. Skinner's equalizer seemed to provide a spark as Buffalo turned in multiple scoring chances over the final period, including a 2-on-1 break with Conor Sheary and Casey Mittelstadt. Winnipeg nearly ended the game in regulation when, with four-seconds remaining, Zach Bogosian turned the puck over to Patrik Laine right in front of the Buffalo net, but Hutton came through with the stop.

Hutton's brilliance carried over into overtime and then the shootout, where he turned aside shots by Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler, Bryan Little, Jack Roslovic and Mathieu Perreault. Eichel scored on Buffalo's first attempt, making Eichel 2-for-2 on shootout chances this year. Jason Pominville scored on his fifth round chance, keeping the Sabres alive, and Sheary beat Brossoit for the winner.



Goal Summary:

First Period:


Second Period:

WPG: 7:10 - Kyle Connor (9) (Patrik Laine, Bryan Little)

Third Period:

BUF: 0:53 - Jeff Skinner (14) PPG (Jack Eichel, Rasmus Dahlin)




WPG: Mark Scheifele - MISS
BUF: Jack Eichel - GOAL
WPG: Patrik Laine - GOAL
BUF: Sam Reinhart - MISS
WPG: Blake Wheeler - MISS
BUF: Casey Mittelstadt - MISS
WPG: Bryan Little - MISS
BUF: Tage Thompson - MISS
WPG: Kyle Connor - GOAL
BUF: Jason Pominville - GOAL
WPG: Jack Roslovic - MISS
BUF: Kyle Okposo - MISS
WPG: Mathieu Perreault - MISS
BUF: Conor Sheary - GOAL


Penalty Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 13:10 - Patrik Berglund (Hooking - 2 min.)
WPG: 12:19 - Nikolaj Ehlers (Tripping - 2 min.)

Second Period:

WPG: 10:45 - Jacob Trouba (Interference - 2 min.); 19:41 - Brandon Tanev (Holding - 2 min.)

Third Period:




Shots on Goal:

BUF: (4, 16, 10, 2)
WPG: (12, 8, 5, 1)


BUF: Carter Hutton - 25 saves
WPG: Laurent Brossoit - 31 saves

Power Plays:

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

Three Stars:

  1. Carter Hutton - BUF
  2. Laurent Brossoit - WPG
  3. Kyle Connor - WPG

What's Next:

No rest for the Sabres, who are right back at it in an early faceoff on Saturday. Buffalo visits another of the Western Conference's top teams, the 12-5-2 Minnesota Wild, at 6 p.m. The Sabres have won four straight games for the first time since December of 2014. A win over the Wild would mark the team's first five-game winning streak since March of 2012. Hear Saturday's call with Dan Dunleavy and Rob Ray on WGR 550. Brian Koziol has the pre-game show at 5 p.m.

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