Stars rout Buffalo 7-1

The Sabres never made the game a contest at KeyBank Center

Pat Malacaro
January 20, 2018 - 1:07 pm

Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig - USA TODAY Sports


The Dallas Stars scored first and never looked back in their 7-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center on Saturday afternoon.

Here's how the game played out:

First Period:

16:05 - It has been all Stars so far in this game. Dallas has pinned the blue and gold in their own zone for much of the first four minutes, opening up a 4-0 shot advantage. Robin Lehner has been busy in his crease, not only keeping the puck out but also dealing with Dallas players buzzing around the blue paint.

14:57 - STARS GOAL. Another fire drill in the Buffalo zone, but this time it results in the game's first goal. Robin Lehner was caught out of position and sliding in his crease while the team defense around him allows Remi Elie to get to the front of the net and knock home a bouncing puck. Bad start for Buffalo. 1-0 DAL.

10:21 - Dallas is playing with a real purpose, playing like a team locked into a playoff fight. They have ten shots on goal already, compared to Buffalo's one. For a team that has played a game out of their bye week, the Sabres really are showing little sign of life in this game early.

7:41 - This period could go from bad to worse for Buffalo as Benoit Pouliot sits for the next two minutes for slashing. 

5:51 - STARS GOAL. Buffalo did a good job of keeping Dallas out of harm's way on the power play, but another rebound chance goes the visitor's way and it results in the second goal of the game. Mattias Janmark kept the puck low and it appeared to hit off of Jake McCabe's skate and was directed into the net. 2-0 DAL.

End of Period

Goal Summary:

DAL: 5:03 - Remi Elie (5) (Mattias Janmark, Jason Spezza). 14:09 - Mattias Janmark (11) PPG (Esa Lindell, Devin Shore)

Penalty Summary:

BUF: 12:19 - Benoit Pouliot (2 min., slashing)
DAL: 17:44 - Antoine Roussel (2 min., tripping)

Shots on Goal:

BUF - 10, DAL - 13


Second Period:

16:22 - Buffalo nearly got back into this game thanks to a power play, but the bounce went Dallas' way to keep the game 2-0. Marco Scandella took the shot that nearly went in while Alex Radulov was in the box for tripping. Better start to this period than the first, but it needs to result in goals.

13:35 - STARS GOAL. Mattias Janmark nets his second goal of the game on one that Buffalo will want to have back. The young forward was able to unleash a wobbling wrist shot that found the far corner of the net from the left wing side of the ice, and it stuns the Sabre fans here at KeyBank Center. 3-0 DAL.

11:06 - SABRES GOAL. Buffalo finally capitalizes on having a player camped in front of the net and a rebound chance. Sam Reinhart gets the goal that puts the team on the score sheet. Still an uphill climb but it has to start somewhere. 3-1 DAL

10:28 - STARS GOAL. Robin Lehner's day is done on the fourth Dallas goal. Buffalo can rarely get a goal of their own an use it as a spring board to another positive play. It seems like this year the opponent comes right back and scores, which happened here. Chad Johnson now takes over in net for the blue and gold. 4-1 DAL.

7:52 - STARS GOAL. This one has quickly gotten out of hand. Esa Lindell wires a wrist shot from the point, while Rasmus Ristolainen fails to clear out Jamie Benn from the top of the crease that creates a screen in front of the net. Chad Johnson had little chance when Ristolainen failed to move the man in front. 5-1 DAL.

6:58 - Jordan Nolan is asked to drop the gloves, and he obliges. Dillon Heatherington cross checked Nolan up high to initiate the fight, and then prompty eats several lefts from the Sabre. Heatherington has to go to the locker room for "repairs" as his nose was bleeding pretty good.

2:26 - STARS GOAL. If the game was not out of hand before, it now is for sure. A broken stick leads to Radek Faksa having a clean look in front of the net and upping the Dallas lead to five. 6-1 DAL.

End of Period

Goal Summary:

BUF: 8:54 - Sam Reinhart (8) PPG (Jack Eichel, Rasmus Ristolainen) 
DAL: 6:25 - Mattias Janmark (12) (John Klingberg, Jason Spezza). 9:32 - Jamie Benn (19) (John Klingberg, Esa Lindell). 12:08 - Esa Lindell (5) (Alexander Radulov, Jamie Benn). 17:31 - Radek Faksa (12) (Stephen Johns, Antoine Roussel)

Penalty Summary:

BUF: 12:40 - Jordan Nolan (2 min., roughing). 12:40 - Jordan Nolan (5 min., fighting). 14:52 - Josh Gorges (2 min., interference)
DAL: 0:26 - Alxeander Radulov (2 min., tripping). 6:57 - Devin Shore (2 min., tripping). 12:40 - Dillon Heatherington (2 min., cross checking). 12:40 - Dillon Heatherington (5 min., fighting)

Shots on Goal:

BUF -  10 (20), DAL - 12 (25)


Third Period:

17:30 - The building is pretty quiet, despite being packed today for the kid's day matinee. There were very few empty seats when this game started, and with so many young fans here today it would have been a good opportunity for Buffalo to really get this place excited early. Unfortunately this game has gone the way many have before.Now it feels like there should be a running clock for the final twenty minutes. 

12:36 - STARS GOAL. Another shot from the point hits a body in front of the net and the deficit is now six for the blue and gold. John Klingberg took the original shot that was re-directed. 7-1 DAL.

3:09 - I have a feeling the Sabres will be holding a team meeting after this loss. You can see their frustration boiling over on the ice, and it has been a while.

End of Game
Dallas 7, Buffalo 1

Goal Summary:

DAL: 7:24 - Tyler Pitlick (8) (John Klingberg, Radek Faksa)

Penalty Summary:

DAL: 4:19 - Dillon Heatherington (2 min., roughing) 

Shots on Goal:

BUF - 7 (27), DAL - 7 (32)


BUF: Robin Lehner - 15 saves; Chad Johnson - 10 saves
DAL: Kari Lehtonen - 26 saves

Power Plays:

BUF: 1 of 2 (50%)
DAL: 1 of 4 (25%)

Three Stars:

  1. Mattias Janmark - DAL
  2. Esa Lindell - DAL
  3. John Klingberg - DAL

What's Next:

The Sabres will return to practice on Sunday before heading out to Western Canada to face the Calgary Flames in the first of three games on this road trip. Faceoff on Monday is set for 9 p.m. with pre-game coverage on WGR with Brian Koziol and Paul Hamilton starting at 8 p.m.

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