Sabres' Ullmark plays his first game of the season and gets his first NHL shutout

October 14, 2018 - 1:07 am
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(WGR 550) - Linus Ullmark got his first start of the season and stopped all 36 shots he faced to pick up his first NHL shutout. He was very sharp when Richard Panik was left alone because Nate Beaulieu and Casey Nelson were caught out on an extended shift and couldn’t get off. He also had to make some big saves in the third period as the Sabres were defending a two goal lead.

The Sabres got back to playing with speed in Arizona and it showed up in spades on the Sabres first goal. Jeff Skinner blew around the Coyotes defense to walk in on Antti Raanta. Skinner hit the post, but Rasmas Dahlin used his speed to get right to the top of the crease and pop the rebound in for his first NHL goal. As it turned out, his first NHL goal was also a game-winner.

Casey Mittelstadt got to play this game with Skinner and I think it was the young center’s best game of the season. Mittelsatdt seemed confident and drew a penalty coming down the slot. Skinner was skating well for a lot of the night as scored a goal scorers goal. As he came in on Raanta the puck stood up and was bouncing. The winger still kept control and lofted a backhand under the bar.

Buffalo’s second goal came on the power play after a 0-for-7 performance against Colorado. Jack Eichel, Sam Reinhart and Conor Sheary all showed a lot of patience with their passing and Reinhart put the puck on to his backhand and found Sheary who picked the far corner.

We’ve spoken many times about how Eichel has worked on his defensive play. In the third period, there was a turnover in the Buffalo zone and Eichel turned on the jets to bother Brad Richardson at the net. Its little plays like that that are going to help the Sabres win the one goal games instead losing them.

Arizona has now played four games and has been shut out in three of them. The Sabres are 3-2-0 and have six points in the Atlantic Division. That’s good for third place, one point ahead of Montreal and Ottawa and two points in back of Boston.

After a day off the Sabres play in Vegas on Tuesday.

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