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Buffalo sees its 3-game winning streak come to an end

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Sam Reinhart scored for the third time in five games, but the Buffalo Sabres dropped a 2-1 contest to the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday. 

Craig Smith scored the winning goal for Nashville on the power play with 6:29 remaining. Ryan Johansen also scored for the Predators, while Pekka Rinne made 29 saves.

Linus Ullmark made 35 saves for the Sabres.


What happened

Reinhart opened the scoring for the Sabres with 1:02 remaining in the first period. The play was a product of a tremendous cross-ice feed from Rasmus Dahlin, who split three defenders from the right half wall to set up Reinhart at the back door. 

Video: BUF@NSH: Reinhart whips Dahlin's nice feed past Rinne

Nashville tied the game at 6:05 of the second period thanks to a pair of aggressive plays from defenseman Roman Josi, who forced a turnover in the neutral zone and then - after Ullmark made a pad save on a deflection in front - chased down the rebound, cut to the slot and took a shot that Johansen buried off the end boards.

Matt Duchene drew a tripping calls against Jack Eichel with 6:36 remaining in the third, prompting the go-ahead goal. Smith tipped a shot from the point that deflected off the post and in off the back of Ullmark's pad. 

What it means

The Sabres saw their three-game winning streak snapped as they head into a 10-day break for the bye week and All-Star Weekend. Eichel, meanwhile, saw his point streak end at nine games. 

They will have a prime opportunity to rebound after the break, with nine of their next 10 games at home. The team is 14-6-3 at home so far this season. 

Reinhart now has 21 points in his last 21 games, with eight goals and 13 assists in that span. Dahlin seven points in his last seven contests and now has 72 points in his career, tying Bobby Orr for fourth-most by a defenseman before his 20th birthday. 


Roll the highlight film 

Ullmark recovered to make a diving save on Johansen after seeing his pass intercepted by Austin Watson behind the net: 

Video: BUF@NSH: Ullmark dives across crease to rob Johansen


What's next

The Sabres return from their 10-day break at home against Ottawa on Tuesday, Jan. 28. Eichel will represent the team at All-Star Weekend in St. Louis in the meantime. Stay tuned to throughout the weekend for on-site coverage. 

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