Sabres run over the Stars, 4-0

The Sabres remain perfect in regulation, improving to 5-0-1 on the season

Joe DiBiase
October 14, 2019 - 3:43 pm

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The Buffalo Sabres remain perfect in regulation through six games this season after a 4-0 shutout win over the Dallas Stars on Monday afternoon at KeyBank Center. With the win, the Sabres are off to a 5-0-1 start, which is the best start to a season since the 2008-09 season when Buffalo went 6-0-2 in the first eight games.

The Sabres had a good start to the game, spending much of the first period in the offensive end. Both teams, however, struggled to generate shots on goal, which included almost a 10-minute stretch where neither team registered a single shot.

The second period saw Buffalo net their first goal of the afternoon as Victor Olofsson continues to provide value to the Sabres power play. The scoring winger netted his fifth goal of the season with a beautiful one-timer that went right over the shoulder of Stars goalie Ben Bishop. That was the peak of a long stretch where the Sabres buzzed around the Stars end.

With the goal, Olofsson became the first player in National Hockey League history to score his first seven career goals on the power play.

Olofsson wasn't done there as he helped set up Buffalo's second goal of the period with a beautiful backhand pass into the high slot to set up Sam Reinhart. Reinhart did not wait to get the shot off as he ripped it five-hole on Bishop to give the Sabres the 2-0 lead with just 2:04 remaining in the period.

The Sabres turned up the pace of play again in the third period. Despite registering only three shots on goal, they dominated the puck and ended up scoring two more goals.

Buffalo went up 3-0 on Jeff Skinner's fourth goal of the season after Vladimir Sobotka feathered a nice pass to Skinner, who then buried a backhand over the glove hand of Bishop.

Less than two minutes later, Marcus Johansson let a rocket go from the point that found the top corner of the net to give the Sabres the 4-0 lead.

From there, Carter Hutton stopped a late barrage of shots on goal, making 12 saves in the third and 25 overall to earn his 12th career shutout, and his first career shutout as a member of the Sabres.

Heading into the game, Bishop was riding a 12-game win streak against the Sabres after losing his first career start against Buffalo in a shootout back in 2012. It is the first time ever that the Sabres have beaten Bishop in regulation.

 

GAME SUMMARY

 

Goal Summary:

First Period:

BUF: NONE
DAL: NONE

Second Period

BUF: 6:27 - Victor Olofsson (5) PP (Rasmus Dahlin, Jack Eichel); 17:56 - Sam Reinhart (2) (Victor Olofsson, Jack Eichel)
DAL: NONE

Third Period

BUF: 4:20 - Jeff Skinner (4) (Vladimir Sobotka, Henri Jokiharju); 6:02 - Marcus Johansson (3) (Rasmus Ristolainen, Jake McCabe)
DAL: NONE

 

Penalty Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 15:32 - Henri Jokiharju (Hooking - 2 min.)
DAL: 10:26 - John Klingberg (Hooking - 2 min.)

Second Period:

BUF: 10:36 - Victor Olofsson (Interference - 2 min.)
DAL: 5:05 - Bench minor (Delay of Game - 2 min.)

Third Period:

BUF: NONE
DAL: NONE

 

Shots on Goal:

BUF: 22 (6, 13, 3)
DAL: 25 (5, 8, 12)


Goalies:

BUF: Carter Hutton - 25 saves
DAL: Ben Bishop - 18 saves


Power Plays:

BUF: 1 for 2 (50%)
DAL: 0 for 2 (0%)


Three Stars:

  1. Carter Hutton (BUF)
  2. Victor Olofsson (BUF)
  3. Sam Reinhart (BUF)


What's next:

The Sabres head out west for a three-game road trip in California, starting on Wednesday night in Anaheim against the Ducks. Faceoff at Honda Center is set for 10 p.m. on WGR with the Paul William-Beltz Pre-Game Show starting at 9 p.m. with Brian Koziol and Paul Hamilton.

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