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Reinhart scores twice in Sabres win against Predators

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com

NASHVILLE -- Sam Reinhart scored two goals to help the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-1 win against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday.

Reinhart gave the Sabres a 2-1 lead on the power play at 16:13 of the second period on a wrist shot from the high slot that beat Predators goaltender Juuse Saros. Sabres forward Matt Moulson passed the puck to Reinhart at the point, where he shot it past Saros to the glove side for his fifth goal.

"I just tried to find the soft area," Reinhart said. "I think it was [Sabres forward David Legwand] that kind of handcuffed the defenseman or forward down low and kind of put it behind him, and [Moulson] is great at finding those soft areas and was able to pick the puck up and find me in the high slot."

Reinhart gave the Sabres (10-12-2) a 3-1 lead 58 seconds into the third period on a wrist shot in front. He took a shot that deflected off Saros' skate and into the net for his sixth goal of the season and second of the game.

"It was nice," Reinhart said. "I was plugging. We were able to stick with it at the end there and get the win. I felt the last couple of games the chances have been getting there, so to finally see a couple go in was a great feeling and great for the confidence."

Ryan O'Reilly scored an empty-net goal at 17:47 of the third period to make it 4-1.

Sabres goaltender Chad Johnson made 28 saves in his second start in two days.

"For us to score goals now and get rewarded for the hard work that we've been putting in in the last bunch of games here, it's nice to see the guys have some smiles on their face and to know that we're getting rewarded," Johnson said. "Personally, I'm doing the same thing I have from the start. We're getting the bounces now and we're getting the puck in the net, so that's going to lead to wins."

Johnson has started to see the results of his good play during November; he is 3-1-1 with eight goals allowed in seven games. He thinks the Sabres are starting to come together collectively.

"I said from the start, it was tough as a group I think," Johnson said. "We were just battling to kind of get things over with in the sense of like the rust and gelling. I felt good at the start of the year. You don't get the results sometimes that maybe you should, but now I think I've been getting the results that I think the team deserves and I think I deserve."

Buffalo forward Jamie McGinn tied the game 1-1 at 13:09 of the second period on a scramble in front of Saros on the power play. Saros made the initial save, but McGinn was able to put the rebound past him for his fourth goal.

"Once the shot came up, I was just trying to get it in front to him," O'Reilly said. "He did a good job of just getting it on net. As I came around, I was just trying to get it up and then actually fanned on it. Good thing [McGinn] was there to bury it home, because I don't know if it would have crossed the line."

Nashville forward Viktor Arvidsson was called for a major cross-checking penalty against Buffalo defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo and received a game misconduct at 11:43 of the second period that led to Buffalo's power-play goals.

"He got the cross-check to the throat," Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. "He did go to the hospital. He's there now. I guess they're saying he has a dented trachea, but [Colaiacovo's] OK."

Mike Fisher gave the Predators (12-7-4) a 1-0 lead at 11:42 of the first period on a wrist shot from in front on a power play. James Neal made a no-look backhand pass through traffic that Fisher one-timed past Johnson for his fifth goal and third in his past three games.

Nashville has scored six goals in its past six games (1-4-1), and has been shut out three times during that span.

"I think we can play at a higher tempo," Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. "I think that's when we're at our best. I think we had more push in that area tonight."

Saros made 20 saves in his NHL debut.

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