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Sabres score 9 in blowout win

Eichel, Skinner, and Pominville lead way with three points each

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If Buffalo fans were hoping for a big comeback game against the Ottawa Senators after losing 4-2 on Thursday night, they got that and much more as Buffalo put up nine goals on 41 shots in a huge victory at KeyBank Center on Saturday.

Jack Eichel’s line that consists of Jeff Skinner and Jason Pominville took the lead on the offensive side of the game putting up four goals and nine points combined.

Per.TimeEVGoalAssistAssist
18:48Evan Rodrigues (5)Rasmus Ristolainen (25)Vladimir Sobotka (7)
112:12Alexander Edler (5)Bo Horvat (21)Brock Boeser (15)
115:31Sven Baertschi (7)Derrick Pouliot (6)---
22:26Kyle Okposo (8)Johan Larsson (4)Zemgus Girgensons (8)
28:00Brock Boeser (8)Bo Horvat (22)---
212:52Sam Reinhart (11)Conor Sheary (12)Jack Eichel (36)
35:57Loui Eriksson (9)Josh Leivo (4)Jay Beagle (5)

“I’ll remember this for a long time. The atmosphere in the arena… Top notch. No better place for this happening than at home.” – Pominville

The win gets Buffalo back in the win column after dropping three straight. They now sit in 5th place in the Eastern Conference with a 7-5-2 record. Ottawa will stay in 12th place with a 5-6-2 record.

Buffalo came out of the gate a little slow, but it only took about five minutes for them to get rolling as Skinner knocked in the first goal of the game. 

All but three skaters recorded at least one point, and hopefully, this serves as a big confidence booster for many players on this team including Casey Mittelstadt. 

Mittelstadt has been absent from the score sheet in many games this year, but that should not reflect the level he has been playing at. He finally was able to get his 2nd goal of the season on a snipe from the top of the circle. He also recorded an assist on Skinner’s 2nd goal of the game.

Rasmus Dahlin exited the game and missed most of the 3rd period with an unknown injury. Let’s cross our fingers that it was just precautionary to keep him out. 

Buffalo will look to keep the momentum moving forward as they visit the New York Rangers tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at MSG.

Per.TimePlayerPenaltyMinutes
116:48Kyle OkposoHooking2:00
119:42Erik GudbransonHooking2:00
27:13Jeff SkinnerCross Checking2:00
27:13Jake VirtanenRoughing2:00
313:28Jay BeagleTripping2:00

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4937-10-276
4829-17-260
4927-17-559
Metropolitan Division Leaders:
4829-15-462
4828-17-359
4827-16-559
Wild Card leaders:
5027-18-559
4826-16-658
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5028-18-460
4822-18-852
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5028-15-763
5029-17-462
Wild Card leaders:
4924-21-452
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