Sabres bounce back, blank the Kings 3-0

Carter Hutton sets a franchise record with 47 saves in the shutout

Kyle Powell
October 17, 2019 - 9:47 pm

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Thursday night was the definition of a bounce-back effort for the Buffalo Sabres.

Backed by a dominant performance in net from Carter Hutton and a three-point night from Casey Mittelstadt, the Sabres rolled over the Los Angeles Kings 3-0 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Much like Wednesday night against the Anaheim Ducks, the Sabres got the game's opening goal early in the first period. Just 2:36 into the first, Mittelstadt fired a quick shot from inside the faceoff circle off a feed from forward Jimmy Vesey over the glove of Kings goalie Jack Campbell. The goal was Mittelstadt's first of the season.

As for Vesey, his assist was his first point as a member of the Sabres.

Less than three minutes later, Buffalo doubled their lead thanks to Conor Sheary. In his first game back since an upper-body injury sidelined him for four contests, Sheary let loose a one-time shot off a feed from Mittelstadt on a 2-on-1 rush. It was Sheary's third goal of the season, and first since Buffalo's season opener on October 3 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The score remained the same through the opening 20 minutes of play. Other than an Ilya Kovalchuk high-sticking minor off a face-off, it was fairly clean hockey the rest of the way.

Hutton was tested in the later part of the opening period, ending the first 20 minutes with 11 saves.

The Sabres came out with a different purpose in the second period, compared to that of Wednesday night's game against the Ducks. 

Instead of their opponent pushing back in a big way, Buffalo kept the pressure coming in the early goings and forced another Kings penalty. Less than a minute into the period, Kovalchuk was penalized for the second time in the game, this time for a cross-check.

With 13-seconds left in the man advantage, Buffalo extended its lead to 3-0 thanks to Mittelstadt's second goal of the evening. The play started with Sabres defenseman Colin Miller attempting a one-timer from the point that he fanned on. However, defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen was there to corral the loose puck, and faked a shot in lieu of a pass to Mittelstadt, who was parked in front of the Kings' net.

Mittelstadt's marker stood as the only goal of the period for either side, as Buffalo took their 3-0 lead into the third period. Through 40 minutes of play, Hutton's save total stood at a pristine 28-for-28.

The Sabres faced a tough test to start the third as the Kings had some 5-on-3 power play time carry over from late in the second period. Both Jake McCabe and Johan Larsson found themselves in the penalty box for high-sticking and slashing minors, respectively, giving Los Angeles 1:11 of 5-on-3 time to work with. However, the Sabres were able to weather the storm and escape the penalty kill with their three-goal edge. 

Though the Kings pressured hard, Hutton remained unwaivered as he stuffed chance-after-chance in front of him. Los Angeles' pressure did not stop even after their power play opportunities expired. 

For the first half of the third period, it was all Los Angeles in the Sabres' end of the ice. The home side racked up 17 shots before the eight-minute mark of the final period. In comparison, Buffalo had just three shots on Campbell in that same span of time.

The final shot total for the Kings ended up being 47 against Hutton, but the Sabres completed the shutout and bounced back after Wednesday night's loss in Anaheim.

Hutton set a new regular season franchise record for the Sabres with his 47-save shutout. It was the most-ever saves made by a Buffalo netminder in a shutout performance. It was also one save shy of his career-high (48), which was reached when he was a member of the St. Louis Blues.

Furthermore, Hutton pitched his second consecutive shutout dating back to his last start on Monday at home against the Dallas Stars. 

The last goal Hutton allowed came back on Wednesday, October 9 in a 5-4 overtime win over the Montreal Canadiens; a third period tally by defenseman Ben Chiarot.

 

GAME SUMMARY

 

Goal Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 2:36 - Casey Mittelstadt (1) (Jimmy Vesey); 5:20 - Conor Sheary (3) (Casey Mittelstadt, Rasmus Dahlin)
LAK: NONE

Second Period:

BUF: 2:32 - Casey Mittelstadt (2) PP (Rasmus Ristolainen, Colin Miller)
LAK: NONE

Third Period:

BUF: NONE
LAK: NONE

 

Penalty Summary:

First Period:

BUF: NONE
​LAK: 14:12 - Ilya Kovalchuk (High-sticking - 2 min.)

Second Period:

BUF: 8:40 - Marcus Johansson (Tripping - 2 min.); 19:11 - Jake McCabe (High-sticking - 2 min.); 19:39 - Johan Larsson (Slashing - 2 min.)
LAK: 0:45 - Ilya Kovalchuk (Cross-checking - 2 min.)

Third Period:

BUF: NONE
LAK: 17:03 - Ilya Kovalchuk (High-sticking - 2 min.)

 

Shots on Goal:

BUF: 24 (7, 10, 7)
LAK: 47 (11, 17, 19)


Goalies:

BUF: Carter Hutton - 47 saves
LAK: Jack Campbell - 21 saves


Power Plays:

BUF: 1 for 3 (33%)
LAK: 0 for 3 (0%)


Three Stars:

  1. Carter Hutton (BUF)
  2. Casey Mittelstadt (BUF)
  3. Jeff Carter (LAK)


What's next:

Following a travel day on Friday, the Sabres wrap up their three-game California road trip on Saturday against the San Jose Sharks. Faceoff from SAP Center is set for 10:30 p.m. with pre-game coverage starting at 9:30 p.m. on WGR with Brian Koziol and Paul Hamilton.

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