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The Kings conquer the Sabres 4-2

Buffalo loses their second game in a row after a slow start on Saturday

February 17, 2018 - 12:52 pm

The Sabres gave up 19 shots in the first period, and goals on three straight shots in the second as the lost their second game in a row. They end up falling to the Los Angeles Kings 4-2 at KeyBank Center, and suffer their first home loss to the Kings since 2003.

Robin Lehner gave up some goals he will want back, but was given no help in the process from his defense. He was pulled in favor of Chad Johnson in the third.

The Sabres ended up getting a pair of third period goals from Marco Scandella and Rasmus Ristolainen, but the comeback effort was not enough.

Here's how the game played out:

First Period:

15:50 - Kyle Okposo makes a great play, skating hard back to prevent a 2 on 1 for the Kings. He pressured Pearson from behind and forced an easy save for Robin Lehner. Shots are 5 to 1 early in favor of the Kings.

12:49 - Robin Lehner has been sharp so far, 9 saves already. The Sabres have been pinned in their own end for almost the entire game, and Lehner has stood tall. Not only is he making the saves, but he's giving up very few rebounds. 

9:56 - Evan Rodrigues was too passive on the powerplay. Two times he had an open shot from a dangerous area, and tried to make a pass. He does look very comfortable playing on the left side of the Sabres umbrella formation, just needs to shoot more. 

8:34 - KINGS GOAL. A bad goal to let in by Robin Lehner. Kings forward Michael Amadio sneaks a wrist shot, along the ice, through Lehner's legs. What made it look bad was that Lehner didn't go down on the play. He was standing against the post when the puck crossed the line. It wsa Amadio's 3rd of the year. 

1:00 - The Sabres have been dominated in this period. Other than the powerplay chances, they have had no threatening offense. The Kings forecheck forced countless turnovers by the Sabre defense. Lucky to be just a 1 goal game. Kings are on pace for 55 shots. 

End of Period

Goal Summary:

LAK: 8:34 - Michael Amadio (3) (Andy Andreoff)

Penalty Summary:

BUF: 14:38 - Rasmus Ristolainen  (2 min., interference)
LAK: 11:57 - Dustin Brown (2min., tripping)

Shots on Goal: 

BUF - 8; LAK - 19


Second Period:

15:30 - The Sabres are playing much better in this period. The Kings do have 3 shots, but much of the offensive pressure has been supplied by the Sabres. 

10:34 - Robin Lehner makes a save on Dustin Brown, the rebound sits in front of Lehner for a good 5 seconds. All five Sabres were fishing for the puck, and it looked like only Ristolainen was clearing Kings out. 

7:58 - KINGS GOALAnze Kopitar scores his 24th of the year. Benoit Pouliot turned it over in his own end, and Kopitar stick handled around Lehner to put the puck into an empty net. Nathan Beaulieu didn't pick up either King in front of the net, and was caught watching the puck. 2-0 LAK.

3:54 - KINGS GOAL. Anze Kopitar again. He was set up by Buffalo native Alex Iafallo in front, and Kopitar put the puck low on Lehner. After a good start to the period by the Sabres, the Kings have re-asserted their dominance. 3-0 LAK.

2:25 - KINGS GOAL. Michael Amadio gets his 2nd of the night. Drew Doughty pads his stats with his 33rd assist of the season. Three goals in just over 5 minutes for the Kings, yet Robin Lehner remained in net. Could see Chad Johnson to start the 3rd. 4-0 LAK. 

0:00 - The Sabres were booed off the ice to end the 2nd period. Deservedly so, giving up 3 goals, and being outplayed like this on home ice. 

End of Period

Goal Summary:

LAK: 7:58 - Anze Kopitar (24) (Dustin Brown); 3:54 - Anze Kopitar (25) (Alex Iafallo); 2:25 - Michael Amadio (4) (Jonn Brodzinski, Drew Doughty)

Penalty Summary:

BUF: 14:12 - Johan Larsson (2 min., tripping)

Shots on Goal:

BUF - 9 (17); LAK - 11 (30)


Third Period:

19:30 - SABRES GOAL. Marco Scandella fires an absolute rocket over teh shoulder of Jonathan Quick. The puck was moving slowly in an open area by the point, and Scandella came from center to step into it with a slap-shot. Chad Johnson was in net to start the 3rd. 4-1 LAK.

13:51 - Dion Phaneuf shows up to slash Benoit Pouliot while going after him. Not sure why he did. Phaneuf gets two for slashing and two for roughing. Pouliot gets two for roughing, so the Sabres go to the powerplay. 

9:02 - Casey Nelson's strong play continues. He jumped down into the corner to keep the play alive, and set up Rodrigues for a great scoring chance. On the same shift, Nelson got a shot from the point through a herd of players for another scoring chance. 

5:30 - Some good back and forth action between both teams. Not a lot of whistles as both teams try to get this game to the garage. 

3:18 - SABRES GOAL. Rasmus Ristolainen scores his 5th of the season. The second goal of the night by a Sabre defenseman. Ryan O'Reilly got the original shot off, and Ristolainen charged to the net to put in the rebound. 4-2 LAK. 

2:31 - The Sabres respond from the goal with a wild sequence in front of Jonathan Quick. Evander Kane tipped a shot right on, and O'Reilly was robbed on the rebound. Sabre net is empty. 

0:00 - A flurry of shots came from the Sabres with the net empty. O'Reilly, Kane, and Ristolainen had several opportunities with the net empty.

End of Game
Kings - 4; Sabres - 2

Goal Summary:

BUF:  19:30 - Marco Scandella (2)(Unassisted); 3:18 - Rasmus Ristolainen (5) (Unassisted)

Penalty Summary:

BUF: 13:51 - Benoit Pouliot (2 min., roughing)
LAK: 13:51 - Dion Phaneuf (4 min., roughing, slashing)

Shots on Goal:

BUF - 15 (35); LAK - 9 (36)


BUF: Robin Lehner - 26 saves; Chad Johnson - 6 saves
LAK: Jonathan Quick - 33 saves

Power Plays: 

BUF: 0 for 2 (0%)
LAK: 0 for 2 (0%)

Three Stars:

  1. Anze Kopitar - LAK
  2. Michael Amadio - LAK
  3. Dustin Brown - LAK

What's Next:

The Sabres have another afternoon home game on Monday at 3 p.m. when they'll play host to the Washington Capitals at KeyBank Center. Washington currently sits atop of the Metropolitan Division standings with 73 points. The Paul William Beltz Pre-Game Show will start at 2 p.m. with Pat Malacaro right here on WGR!

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