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Sharpen Up: All the Sabres news you need to know on October 15, 2019

Looking back at Buffalo's 4-0 win against Dallas and ahead to the road trip through California

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres improved to 5-0-1 yesterday thanks to their 4-0 shutout victory over the Dallas Stars.

Carter Hutton recorded his first shutout of the season - and his first as a Sabre - while Victor Olofsson scored to set an NHL record. He's the first player in league history to score the first seven goals of his career on the power play. 

Sam Reinhart, Marcus Johansson and Jeff Skinner also scored for Buffalo.

Here's what you need to know.

 

About yesterday

Video: Olofsson sets NHL record, Sabres shut out Stars

The Sabres finally put an end to Stars goaltender Ben Bishop's impressive run against them that included a 12-game win streak and back-to-back shutouts. 

From the Lexus Postgame Report…

Sabres rookie Victor Olofsson rifled a one-timer into the top corner 6:27 into the second period to give Buffalo the lead, paving the way for a 4-0 Sabres victory at KeyBank Center.

With his fifth power-play goal of the season, Olofsson became the first player in NHL history to score each of his first seven career goals with the man advantage.

Video: Victor Olofsson Broadcast Interview

Video: DAL@BUF: Olofsson blasts one-timer for PPG

Since he made his NHL debut on March 28, 2019 against Detroit, no NHL player has scored more power-play goals than Olofsson's seven in 12 games played. His five power-play goals this season tie James Neal for the league lead.

The Sabres' power-play came into the game as the top-ranked special teams unit in the NHL and they finished the game 1-for-2 with the man advantage. They're now at 42.9 percent efficiency on the season. Olofsson has five of the Sabres' nine power-play goals this year.

"It's obviously fun to have some kind of record, even if I want to get that 5-on-5 goal as well," he said. "It felt a lot better today - my overall game - and I'm sure it will come soon."

Video: POSTGAME: Ralph Krueger

Video: POSTGAME: Marcus Johansson

Video: POSTGAME: Marco Scandella  

Video: POSTGAME: Marcus Johansson 

In Buffalo's two previous games, the opposition rallied back from two-goal deficits. The Sabres managed to win both of those contests in overtime and the shootout. On Monday, they were able to not only hold the lead, but build upon it. Even though Buffalo was outshot 12-3 in the third period against Dallas, they scored twice, held strong defensively and shut the door.

"We didn't force things. We kept playing the same way and we kept playing smart," alternate captain Marcus Johansson said. "We didn't really give them much and that was key."

Video: DAL@BUF: Hutton makes 25 saves to shut out Stars

Video: POSTGAME: Carter Hutton  

Hutton earned his first shutout of the season, and his first in 52 starts with Buffalo. After stopping all 25 shots he faced, Hutton improved to 4-0-0 on the season.

Buffalo is now 5-0-1 to start the 2019-20 campaign. It's the team's best record through six games since they posted an identical 5-0-1 record through their first six games of the 2008-09 season.

The Sabres have worked hard this season to limit high-danger chances in the defensive zone, and that has been a big reason for the team's success so far.

"It's something I've talked about a bit, especially playing for a few different teams and you understand the successful teams [have] good structure," Hutton said. "The offense is going to come and go. There's going to be nights where you can't find the back of the net. It's going to be tough and it's going to be a battle. 

"But if you can consistently defend hard and keep pucks out of your net, you're going to have a good chance every night."

 

Other postgame notes

Courtesy of @SabresPR...

  • Yesterday's win gives the Sabres wins in each of their first four home games of the season for the first time since 2006-07.
  • The Sabres have gone 5-0-1 through six games this season, earning 11 of 12 possible points. It's the team's best record through six games since they posted an identical 5-0-1 record through their first six games of the 2008-09 season.

 

  • Buffalo's 4-0 win marked the largest winning margin the Sabres have recorded against the Stars franchise since a 6-2 win on March 9, 1988 at Minnesota.
  • It also marked the Sabres' fourth-ever shutout against the Stars franchise and the first since a 5-0 win on Dec. 8, 1974 at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium.

 

  • With their goals yesterday, Jeff Skinner (4+1) and Marcus Johansson (3+2) each have five points in their last five games.
  • Henri Jokiharju earned an assist on Skinner's goal to record his first point as a Buffalo Sabre.

  

Off to Cali

The Sabres left for the airport immediately after the game yesterday for their three-game West Coast road trip. They'll make stops in Anaheim, Los Angeles and San Jose starting tomorrow night when they play the Ducks at Honda Center.

Faceoff is at 10 p.m. The Buick Game Night pregame show on MSG gets underway at 9:30. Dan and Rayzor will have the call on MSG and WGR 550. 

The team will practice today in Anaheim so stay tuned to Sabres.com and our social media platforms for full coverage.

Buffalo will play its next home game on Tuesday, Oct. 22 against the Sharks. Tickets are on sale now.
 

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