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Sheary scores twice in opening night win

Sabres shut down Pens to earn first win of 2019-20 season

Recap

The Buffalo Sabres kicked off their first game of the 2019-20 NHL season with a big win on the road against the Pittsburgh Penguins, coming away with a 3-1 victory to start the year off on a strong note.

In their first regular-season game under new head coach Ralph Krueger, the Sabres looked like a team with chemistry – the defense was making tape-to-tape stretch passes to exit the zone, and the forwards seemed to know where their linemates were going to be in the offensive zone.

The first period was almost all Buffalo, as the Sabres outshot the Pens 17-13, and scored the only goal of the period, as former Penguin Conor Sheary capitalized on a pass from Casey Mittelstadt to open the scoring.






Pittsburgh would tie the game up early in the 2nd period on an Evgeni Malkin goal courtesy of assists from Kris Letang and Sidney Crosby. The Sabres would answer back not long after, as Sheary notched his 2nd goal of the game on the power play after another nifty pass from Mittelstadt, and a secondary assist from Colin Miller, who recorded his first point as a Buffalo Sabre.

The Sabres extended their lead to 3-1 with a minute left in the middle frame as Rasmus Dahlin drove hard to the net and buried a chip shot top shelf. The superstar d-man opened his sophomore season in slick fashion thanks to helpers from Sam Reinhart and Victor Olofsson, who played in his first season-opener as a Sabre tonight.






Carter Hutton made 28 saves in tonight’s win and had some key stops on the penalty kill toward the end of the third period to help secure the win for the Sabres.

The Sabres will be back at KeyBank Center on Saturday to play in their home opener, in a 7 pm tilt against 2019 first-overall pick Jack Hughes and the new-look New Jersey Devils.

 




Preview



Sabres hockey is back! A new head coach and a fresh start has Buffalo ready to go tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Season openers have typically gone very poorly in recent years as they’ve dropped the last six. 




All-Time Series:

Sabres: 67  Penguins: 89  Ties: 35

This is the 192nd meeting between these two teams all-time. The Sabres took two of three last season, both of which were overtime wins.

View the full history between Buffalo and Pittsburgh

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