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Hutton makes 47 saves for Sabres against Kings in second straight shutout

Mittelstadt has two goals, assist for Buffalo, which rebounds from first regulation loss

by Dan Greenspan / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Hutton's 47-save shutout

BUF@LAK: Hutton stops 47, extends shutout streak

Carter Hutton makes 47 saves against the Kings, leading the Sabres to a 3-0 win and extending his shutout streak to 128:36

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LOS ANGELES -- Carter Hutton set the Buffalo Sabres record for most saves in a shutout with 47 in a 3-0 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Thursday.

It was Hutton's second consecutive shutout after he made 25 saves in a 4-0 win against the Dallas Stars on Monday.

"He stole us that game, so we'll take two points, for sure, pretty much thanks to [Hutton]," said forward Casey Mittelstadt, who had two goals and an assist.

 

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Conor Sheary scored for the Sabres (6-1-1), who were coming off a 5-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday.

Jack Campbell made 21 saves for the Kings (2-5-0), who were shut out for the second consecutive game (2-0 loss to Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday) and have lost three in a row, all at home.

"I think the offense will come and come back. … But that's not my concern," Los Angeles coach Todd McLellan said. "My concern is our approach to the game early tonight. The same line, two shifts in a row, made the same mistake. Like, you think you'd learn the first time, so that's a concern of ours."

Video: BUF@LAK: Mittelstadt nets one-timer from the circle

Mittelstadt put the Sabres ahead 1-0 2:36 into the first period on a one-timer in the left face-off circle off a pass from Jimmy Vesey. Mittelstadt stole the puck from Kings defenseman Sean Walker in the neutral zone, leading to his first goal of the season.

Sheary made it 2-0 at 5:20 on a one-timer from the top of the right circle off a pass from Mittelstadt on the rush. Sheary missed the previous four games because of an upper-body injury.

"We were pretty due," Mittelstadt said of his line with Sheary and Vesey. "The last few games, we had quite a few chances, especially the last couple even though [Sheary] was out. But played with him enough that it's pretty easy to pick up where we left off. I think we've done a lot of good things, and it was good to see a few go in."

Mittelstadt scored on the power play 2:32 into the second period to make it 3-0.

It was Mittelstadt's first NHL multigoal game, his first game with three points, and his fourth multipoint game in three NHL seasons.

Sabres coach Ralph Krueger felt they became too aggressive after the third goal at the expense of their defensive responsibilities, allowing the Kings to get 36 shots in the second and third periods.

"We were trying to get the 4-0 (goal) at times in the second period, and (the team is) still learning how to manage games like this," Krueger said. "We are a group that has so much to learn, and tomorrow's going to be another day of learning. I think today what happened was guys were excited by the way the game started for us."

The Kings had a 5-on-3 power play for 1:32 late in the second and to start the third. The Sabres allowed one shot during the two-man advantage, and one second after the first penalty ended, Hutton made the save on a tipped shot by Jeff Carter at close range at 1:12 of the third.

"Just when it looked like they might sneak back in the game, he made a big save for us, and that kind of kept us going I think," Mittelstadt said.

Video: BUF@LAK: Mittelstadt nets PPG for second goal of game

 

They said it

"I think the main thing is he's just so calm all the time, no matter what's going on. The game can be chaos, and you look back and he's always calm and relaxed, and he does a great job." -- Sabres forward Casey Mittelstadt on goalie Carter Hutton

"It was first 10 minutes of the game that put us behind, and we couldn't get back. Credit to them, they're a good team. But it wasn't so much what they were doing, it was we gave up four or five odd-man rushes, and they cashed in, so you just can't expect to give up odd-man rushes and not get scored on." -- Kings captain Anze Kopitar

 
Need to know

Chad Johnson held the previous Sabres record for most saves in a shutout with 44 against the Ducks on Dec. 17, 2015. ... Hutton has not allowed a goal in 128:36 since Ben Chiarot scored for the Montreal Canadiens at 12:54 of the third period of Buffalo's 5-4 overtime win Oct. 9. That is 2:15 shy of his NHL career-high shutout streak (130:51), set Feb. 6-March 3, 2017, with the St. Louis Blues. ... Hutton is 5-0-0 with a 1.39 goals-against average and .953 save percentage. ... Vesey's assist was his first point for the Sabres. ... The Kings have not scored in 135:36 since Dustin Brown's goal at 4:24 of the third period in a 5-2 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday. ... Los Angeles forward Tyler Toffoli played his 200th consecutive game.

 

What's next

Sabres: At the San Jose Sharks on Saturday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCA, MSG-B, NHL.TV)

Kings: Host the Calgary Flames on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; ESPN+, CBC, SN360, SN1, CITY, FS-W, NHL.TV)

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