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Kahun scores in Buffalo debut

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Dominik Kahun got the Buffalo Sabres off to a good start Friday night, but the Vegas Golden Knights rallied back to beat Buffalo 4-2 at T-Mobile Arena.

Kahun, who scored on his second shift of the game, skated 10:37 in his first game with Buffalo, registering that lone shot and two blocks. The Sabres acquired Kahun from Pittsburgh ahead of Monday's NHL Trade Deadline. 

The Sabres took an early lead, but Vegas scored the next four goals, including a pair early in the third period to pull ahead.

Jeff Skinner added his 13th goal of the year for Buffalo, but it was already too late.

Carter Hutton made 24 saves in net while Robin Lehner stopped 32 Sabres shots. 


What happened

The Sabres took the lead on their first shot of the game. Kahun finished off a pretty play 2:16 in to put Buffalo ahead on his first shot in a Sabres uniform. 

Jimmy Vesey forced a turnover along the right-wing halfwall and dished the puck to Marcus Johansson who then sent a backhand pass in the slot to Kahun. The newest Sabre then lifted a shot top shelf for his 11th goal of the season. 

Nicolas Roy tied the game with 8:48 left in the opening period when he got past Sabres coverage in front to knock in a loose puck. 

Then the Golden Knights scored twice in a span of 2:19 to open the third period. 

William Karlsson was alone in front when Max Pacioretty, who drew the attention of the Sabres defense, sent a pass into the slot from behind the net. Karlsson potted it 3:06 into the third to give Vegas the lead. 

They went ahead by two at the 5:25 mark when Reilly Smith scored on a wraparound. 

Smith added an empty-net goal with 1:49 left in regulation.

Skinner scored with 11.8 seconds left to make it 4-2.


What it means

The Sabres are now 29-27-8 on the season and 10-17-4 on the road. They have 66 points and are in 13th place in the Eastern Conference. 

In the playoff race, Buffalo is 10 points behind Toronto, who is third in the Atlantic Division with 76 points through 65 games played. They're also 10 points behind Columbus, the second Wild Card seed, who has 76 points in 66 games. 

They're now 0-2-0 on the current road trip. 

Tweet from @SabresPR: With his goal, Dominik Kahun��became the 57th player ever to score in his Sabres debut.He joins Jack Eichel,��Zemgus Girgensons, Curtis Lazar and Kyle Okposo��as the fifth active Sabre to score in his debut.Kahun also has four points (2+2) in his last four games against the Golden Knights.


Roll the highlight film

Of course, we're going to feature Kahun's goal:

Video: BUF@VGK: Kahun puts home Johansson's dish for goal

 

Up next

The Sabres are right back at it with a game Saturday night against the Arizona Coyotes. Catch the pregame show on MSG at 7:30 p.m. EST with the opening faceoff from Gila River Arena set for 8 on MSG and WGR 550.

The road trip will conclude on Tuesday in Winnipeg.
 

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