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At the Horn: Sabres 2 - Ducks 5

Eichel and Olofsson score, but Anaheim fights back to spoil the first game of the California road trip

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres started off strong Wednesday night, but some loose play and lapses in the defensive zone ultimately allowed the Anaheim Ducks to muscle their way back into the game and skate away with a 5-2 victory at Honda Center.

Anaheim scored five unanswered goals - including three in the second period - led by a pair of goals from Adam Henrique.

Buffalo's power play, which entered the game No. 1 in the NHL, went just 1-for-8 on Wednesday. In 11:23 of ice time on the man advantage, they managed 7 of their 33 shots on the night. 

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Sabres prepping for physical battle in Anaheim

Pregame notes ahead of Wednesday's meeting with the Ducks

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

ANAHEIM - Linus Ullmark will start in net when the Sabres open a three-game California road trip tonight in Anaheim. 

Ullmark is coming off a 41-save effort in his last outing, a 3-2 shootout win over Florida on Friday. He's posted a .931 save percentage in two starts this season. 

The Sabres are back on the road after sweeping a three-game homestand, which concluded with a 4-0 win over Dallas on Monday. They had 10 different skaters record a point in that game and have had 17 players find the score sheet through their first five games.

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Sharpen Up: All the Sabres news you need to know on October 16, 2019

Buffalo opens up its three-game road trip tonight in Anaheim

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres are in Anaheim tonight to take on the Ducks at Honda Center. It's the first of three games through the state of California, which means late start times on the East Coast.

Tune in tonight at 9:30 p.m. on MSG for the Buick Game Night pregame show and then stick around for the opening faceoff, which will take place just after 10. Dan Dunleavy and Rob Ray will have the call on MSG and WGR 550.

Here's what you need to know. 

 

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Hutton, Ullmark enjoying early success under Bales

Sheary returns to practice; Krueger offers update on Granato

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

ANAHEIM - Ralph Krueger has stressed since the start of training camp that the Sabres feel confident with either of their two goalies in net. Never has that been more evident than in their past two wins. 

Linus Ullmark got the nod against the Florida Panthers on Friday. He stopped 41 shots, then blanked the Panthers in the shootout to secure a 3-2 victory. It was his second performance of 40-plus saves in as many starts this season. 

The Sabres turned to Carter Hutton for their next game, against the Dallas Stars on Monday afternoon. He turned away all 25 of the shots he faced for his first shutout with the organization, staying undefeated through four appearances. 

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Amerks off to hot start, return home Friday

Rochester has earned 6 of 8 possible points so far this season

by Rochester Americans @AmerksHockey / Sabres.com

The Rochester Americans earned four of a possible six points this past weekend and have claimed six points overall through their first four games of the 2019-20 campaign. All four contests have been one-goal games, including a pair of wins beyond regulation.

The Amerks are among just six teams in the AHL this season to earn a win in the extra session, but are the only club to take the extra point in both games.

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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.

 

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Sabres put together complete effort in 4-0 win over Stars

Olofsson becomes 1st player in NHL history to score each of his 1st 7 career goals on the power play, Hutton earns 1st shutout of season

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

It's no secret that Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop has had a lot of success against the Buffalo Sabres in his career. 

He entered the game 12-0-1 with a 1.37 goals-against average and a .951 save percentage against Buffalo. His 12-game winning streak against the Sabres was tied with Pekka Rinne's streak against Edmonton for the longest active streak in the NHL for a goaltender against a single opponent. Bishop had shut the Sabres out in each of their last two meetings, and Dallas had also won the last five matchups, with Buffalo's last head-to-head win coming on Jan. 16, 2017. 

Impressive numbers, for sure. But Monday afternoon, one shot opened the door to end Bishop's run. And what a shot it was. 

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.

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At the Horn: Stars 0 - Sabres 4

Hutton posts shutout as Sabres improve to 5-0-1

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

For the third time in as many games, the Sabres opened the third period of their contest against the Dallas Stars on Monday holding a two-goal lead. 

This time, there was no need for overtime. 

The Sabres kept their foot on the pedal with a pair of third-period goals and went on to earn a 4-0 win over the Stars. At 5-0-1, it's the first time the team has earned points in six straight contests to open a campaign since going 6-0-2 at the start of the 2008-09 season. 

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Hutton gets the nod in net as Sabres conclude homestand vs. Stars

Rest of the lineup will remain the same from Friday's win over Florida

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Carter Hutton will start in net as the Sabres conclude their three-game homestand against the Dallas Stars on Monday. 

Hutton has won all three of his starts this season, stopping 69 of 76 shots. The rest of the Buffalo lineup will remain the same from the team's shootout win over Florida on Friday. 

The Sabres recalled forward Curtis Lazar from Rochester on Sunday to bring on their upcoming three-game road trip through California, which begins in Anaheim on Wednesday. 

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Sharpen Up: All the Sabres news you need to know on October 14, 2019

Buffalo hosts Dallas this afternoon to wrap up the homestand

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

After Friday night's thrilling 3-2 shootout victory over Florida, the Buffalo Sabres are back in action this afternoon with the Dallas Stars in town. We'll see you at KeyBank Center for the 3 p.m. faceoff.  

The GMC Game Night pregame show on MSG will begin on MSG at 2:30 p.m. RJ and Rayzor will take it from there at 3 on MSG and WGR 550.

Here's what you need to know. 

 

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