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Predators shut down Sabres 2-1

Sam Reinhart scores in Buffalo's third straight loss

December 03, 2018 - 8:08 pm

The Buffalo Sabres are streaking in the wrong direction after their recent 10-game winning streak came to an end last week.

The Sabres dropped their third straight game on Monday night in a 2-1 loss to the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Sam Reinhart scored Buffalo's lone goal in the loss after Predators captain Roman Josi accidentally put the puck into his own net in the second period.

Nashville defenseman Ryan Ellis scored the game's first goal on the power play as his slapshot gave the Predators a 1-0 lead in the first. It was Ellis' second goal of the season with Josi and Ryan Johansen picking up the assists.

The Sabres evened up the score in the second period with Reinhart's fourth goal in three games, and his seventh goal of the 2018-19 campaign. The goal was originally credited to Jeff Skinner, but later given to Reinhart upon further review.

The Predators re-gained the lead later in the period on Kevin Fiala's fifth goal of the season. His shot from the faceoff circle deflected off Casey Nelson and caught the top corner of the net behind Carter Hutton. 

After going back on top, Nashville clamped down defensively, holding Buffalo to just eight shots on goal in the third period. With Carter Hutton on the bench, Buffalo had a glorious chance in the game's final minute, but Jeff Skinner was stopped point blank and Patrik Berglund couldn't corral the rebound. 

The Sabres were out-shot in the loss 25-22, with Hutton making 23 saves for Buffalo in the losing effort.


Goal Summary:

First Period:

NSH: 16:25 - Ryan Ellis (2) PPG (Roman Josi, Ryan Johansen)

Second Period:

BUF: 5:20 - Sam Reinhart (7) (Unassisted)
NSH: 16:34 - Kevin Fiala (5) (Craig Smith, Mattias Ekholm)

Third Period:



Penalty Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 15:04 - Nathan Beaulieu (Tripping - 2 min.)
NSH: 11:41 - Mikka Salomaki (Holding - 2 min.)

Second Period:

BUF: 18:19 - Jeff Skinner (Slashing - 2 min.)
NSH: 1:50 - Dan Hamhuis (Tripping - 2 min.); 13:26 - Austin Watson (Hooking - 2 min.); 17:27 - Ryan Hartman (Tripping - 2 min.)

Third Period:


Shots on Goal:

BUF: 22 (8, 6, 8)
NSH: 25 (11, 8, 6)


BUF: Carter Hutton - 23 saves
NSH: Pekka Rinne - 21 saves

Power Plays:

BUF: 0 for 4 (0%)
NSH: 1 for 2 (50%)

Three Stars:

  1. Ryan Ellis - NSH
  2. Kevin Fiala - NSH
  3. Pekka Rinne - NSH

What's Next: 

A quick turnaround for the Sabres, who now look ahead to Tuesday's matchup against, yet, another one of the league's top teams. The 19-8-0 (38 points) Toronto Maple Leafs will be at KeyBank Center to face the 17-8-3 (37 points) Sabres for a 7:30 p.m. faceoff. William Nylander is back in the fold for Toronto, and may make his season debut. Hear all the action on WGR 550 with Dan Dunleavy and Rob Ray on the call.

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