Dallas Stars vs. Buffalo Sabres: Game Recap

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Dallas Stars vs. Buffalo Sabres: Game Recap
Dallas Stars' goalie Kari Lehtonen

It wasn't as easy as he would have preferred, but Dallas Stars coach Lindy Ruff returned to Buffalo and got his first win against his former team, the Sabres, in regulation by a score of 4-3. 

Tonight was a game of progressions and runs.  It was sloppy, almost chaotic play on both ends early on. But each team improved its puck movement and limited turnovers as the game went on, and the scoring came in bunches.  

The Stars opened the scoring on Vernon Fiddler's shifty rebound goal just three minutes into the game. All of 27 seconds later, Matt Moulson buried a wrister top shelf over Kari Lehtonen's stick side to tie the score at one.  It was Moulson's first goal as a Sabre.

The turning point of the game was Steve Ott's double minor penalty for slashing and unsportsmanlike conduct against Dallas defenseman Sergei Gonchar. The Stars went on a four-minute power play, and finally cashed in on Alex Goligoski's snipe from the right circle, giving them a 2-1 lead.  

Just over a minute later, Tyler Seguin joined the scoring party after taking a nice pass to the left circle from Erik Cole.  His soft wrister beat Sabres' goalie Ryan Miller on his glove side and Dallas took a 3-1 lead into the first intermission.

Jamie Benn's one-timer on a pass just above the crease from Tyler Seguin, gave the Stars a seemingly insurmountable 4-1 advantage ten minutes into the second frame.  But the last ten minutes of the second period belonged to the Sabres.  

Steve Ott put his own one-timer past Kari Lehtonen on a Buffalo power play, cutting the Sabres' deficit in half.  Four and a half minutes later, Matt Moulson scored his second goal of the night on a difficult backhand over Lehtonen's glove side, while falling down.  His goal brought the Sabres within one shot of tying the game going into the second intermission.

The third period was a stingy defensive one for Dallas, and a desperate offensive attack for Buffalo. The Sabres had several chances to tie the game, but Stars netminder Kari Lehtonen rose to the occasion and stopped enough pucks to pull out the win for his team.

Per ESPN, the Stars out shot the Sabres 29 to 25, but were out hit 30 to 20.  With the loss, the Sabres are still winless at home this season, and drop their record to 2-11-1.  The Stars move to 5-5-1 on the young season. 

The Stars will play the tail end of a back-to-back tomorrow night in Montreal against the Canadiens. The Sabres will resume play on Thursday night on the road against the struggling New York Rangers.

 

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