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Sabres ride 5-goal 1st period to big win on Founders' Night

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

The Buffalo Sabres dominated from start to finish in their 7-1 win over the New Jersey Devils at KeyBank Center on Monday.

Eleven different Sabres recorded points while Jack Eichel (1+2) and Johan Larsson (0+3) paced Buffalo with three-point nights. Conor Sheary scored twice, and Eichel, Jeff Skinner, Rasmus Asplund, Victor Olofsson and Henri Jokiharju also found the back of the net.

Asplund's goal was the first of his NHL career. Larsson posted three points in a game for the second time in his career, matching his career-best total set on March 11, 2015 at Toronto.

Linus Ullmark made 44 saves with the only blemish coming while Buffalo was killing a penalty.

Buffalo scored five times in the first period. It marked their highest single-period goal total since they scored five in the second period on Jan. 8, 2019, also at home against New Jersey.

Louis Domingue was replaced in net by Mackenzie Blackwood after the first period. Domingue made 10 saves on 15 shots, while Blackwood stopped 15 Sabres shots.

Also, as part of the Golden Season celebrations, the team honored the families of the Knox brothers, the first owners of the Sabres, in a pregame ceremony. 

They were presented with gold pucks, and Jean Knox, the widow of Seymour H. Knox III, participated in a ceremonial faceoff:

Video: Founders' Night Pregame Ceremony

What happened

It'll probably be easier on the eyes to just list all the goals.

  • NJD 0 - BUF 1 - 2:46 of 1st period - Eichel (Rasmus Ristolainen) 
  • NJD 0 - BUF 2 - 4:59 of 1st period - Skinner (Larsson) 
  • NJD 0 - BUF 3 - 6:57 of 1st period - Sheary (Skinner, Larsson) 
  • NJD 0 - BUF 4 - 16:41 of 1s t period - Sheary (Larsson, Jake McCabe) 
  • NJD 0 - BUF 5 - 19:02 of 1 st period - Asplund (Casey Mittelstadt) 
  • NJD 0 - BUF 6 - 4:40 of 2nd period - Olofsson (Brandon Montour, Eichel) 
  • NJD 1 - BUF 6 - 8:10 of 2nd period - Nico Hischier (Sami Vatanen, Nikita Guzev) - Power Play
  • NJD 1 - BUF 7 - 12:06 of 2nd period - Jokiharju (Olofsson, Eichel) - Power Play

What it means

The Sabres are now 13-10-5 on the season and 8-3-3 on home ice. 

Here are a whole lotta stats from our friends, @SabresPR

Eichel's first-period goal tonight has extended his point streak to 10 games. He now owns the eighth-longest streak in the NHL this season and trails only Patrick Kane for the longest active streak. He has 19 points (9+10) during the streak.

Ristolainen recorded the primary assist on Eichel's goal and now has a point in each of his last three games (1+2).

Skinner's goal tonight gives him 11 on the campaign, all of which have come during 5-on-5 play. It ties him for the fourth-highest total in the NHL this season.

With his goal tonight, Olofsson now has a point in 11 of his his 13 games dating back to Nov. 8. During that span, all five of his goals and 10 of his 11 points have come at even strength.

Roll the highlight film

Here are the five first-period goals in one convenient package:

Video: NJD@BUF: Sabres hang five goals on Devils in 1st

And in honor of Founders' Night, we present "Beyond Blue and Gold: The Founding of the Franchise":

Video: Beyond Blue and Gold: Founding of the Franchise

Up next

The Sabres will practice Tuesday and Wednesday before hitting the road for a three-game trip through Western Canada. Their next game is Thursday in Calgary. Faceoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. with pregame coverage on MSG kicking off at 8:30. 


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