Sabres fall to the Golden Knights, 4-2

Dominik Kahun gets his first goal with the Sabres, but Buffalo falls apart in the third period

WGR 550
February 28, 2020 - 10:01 pm
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If the Buffalo Sabres were looking to play meaningful March hockey, their results after their first two games following the NHL Trade Deadline don't show it.

Although Dominik Kahun was able to find the back of the net for his first goal with the Sabres, the Vegas Golden Knights were able to carry the momentum of a seven-game win streak and make it an eighth win with a 4-2 decision at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

It only took the Sabres 2:16 to capitalize and take the lead as Kahun was the beneficiary of a nice play by Jimmy Vesey to force a turnover in the Vegas end. Vesey was able to chase down the puck and find forward Marcus Johansson, who then gave a nice backhand pass to Kahun who fired his shot past former Sabres goalie Robin Lehner.

Just about nine minutes later, the Golden Knights got back into the game as Nick Cousins was able to weave his way through the Sabres' zone before finding an open Nicolos Roy in the slot, who deked out Carter Hutton tie the game at 1-1.

The second period was rather uneventful on either side. Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault took a holding penalty with 5:42 to go in the period for the game's only penalty, but the Sabres couldn't convert.

The third period didn't shape up the way the Sabres wanted it to.

It started just three minutes in as Max Pacioretty won a puck battle behind the net and found an open and uncontested William Karlsson in front, who tapped in his 14th goal of the season to give the Golden Knights the 2-1 lead.

Just 2:23 later, Hutton overcommited to the left side of his net and got caught out of position, which allowed forward Reilly Smith  to easily slide in a wraparound goal to up the Vegas lead.

With the net pulled late in the third, Smith was able to take the puck out of his own zone and skate to center ice, where he fired the puck into the open net to make the score 4-1.

Jeff Skinner was able to add to Buffalo's score total with 11.8 seconds to go, but at that point the game was well out of reach.




Goal Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 2:16 - Dominik Kahun (11) (Marcus Johansson, Jimmy Vesey)
VGK: 11:12 - Nicolas Roy (4) (Nick Cousins, Nick Holden)

Second Period:


Third Period:

BUF: 19:48 - Jeff Skinner (13) (Brandon Montour, Jake McCabe)
VGK: 3:06 - William Karlsson (14) (Max Pacioretty, Chandler Stephenson); 5:25 - Reilly Smith (26) (Paul Stastny, Zach Whitecloud); 18:11 - Reilly Smith (27) (Jonathan Marchessault)


Penalty Summary:

First Period:


Second Period:

VGK: 14:18 - Jonathan Marchessault (Holding - 2 min.)

Third Period:



Strategic Financial Solutions Stats of the Game:

Shots on Goal:

BUF: 34 (9, 6, 19)
VGK: 28 (11, 6, 11)


BUF: Carter Hutton - 25 saves
VGK: Robin Lehner - 33 saves

Power Plays:

BUF: 0 for 1 (0%)
VGK: 0 for 0 (0%)

Three Stars:

  1. Reilly Smith - VGK
  2. Robin Lehner - VGK
  3. Nicolas Roy - VGK

What's Next:

The Sabres travel to Glendale, Arizona on Saturday to take on the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Faceoff is set for 8 p.m. with the Paul William Beltz Pregame Show starting at 7 p.m. on WGR with Brian Koziol.

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