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Buffalo 4, Vegas 2
When: 7:00 PM ET, Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Where: KeyBank Center, Buffalo, New York
Referees: Tom Chmielewski, Chris Schlenker
Linesmen: Shandor Alphonso, Jesse Marquis
Attendance: 18257

Jack Eichel scored the game-winning goal in the third period and had an assist to extend his point streak to eight games, leading the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-2 victory over the visiting Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday night.

Sam Reinhart had a goal and two assists, and Kyle Okposo and Curtis Lazar also scored goals for Buffalo, which improved to 14-6-3 at home. Linus Ullmark finished with 24 saves.

Reilly Smith and Tomas Nosek scored goals for Vegas, which lost its fourth straight game. Marc-Andre Fleury had 22 saves while suffering his third consecutive loss. Shea Theodore had two assists.

Vegas snapped a six-game streak of allowing the first goal when it took a 1-0 lead at the 1:55 mark of the second period. Chandler Stephenson broke in on the right wing and then slid a backhand pass across the crease that caromed into the net off the skate of Nosek, who was credited with his sixth goal of the season.

Buffalo answered with a pair of power play goals later in the period to take a 2-1 lead.

Okposo got the first on a wrist shot from the top of the left circle off a feed from Reinhart for his fifth goal of the season. Reinhart, left wide open between the hash marks in the slot, followed with his 16th goal of the season when he fired a wrist shot past Fleury's glove side.

The Golden Knights tied it early in the third period with a power-play goal by Smith on the front half of a double minor on Colin Miller. Smith whipped a shot from the right face-off dot past Ullmark's blocker side for his 19th goal of the season.

Eichel then put Buffalo in front when he blew around Theodore on the left wing on an odd-man rush and flipped a shot over Fleury's right shoulder to tie his career-high with his 28th goal of the season.

The Golden Knights pulled Fleury for an extra attacker with 2:03 left, and Lazar sealed the win for the Sabres when his backhanded clearing pass slid the length of the ice into the empty net for his fourth goal of the season.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Vegas   Buffalo
Shea Theodore 2 Points Sam Reinhart 3
Tomas Nosek 1 Goals Sam Reinhart 1
Shea Theodore 2 Assists Sam Reinhart 2
Reilly Smith 1 Power Play Goals Sam Reinhart 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Marc-Andre Fleury .880 Save Percentage Linus Ullmark .923
Marc-Andre Fleury 22 Saves Linus Ullmark 24
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Vegas 26 2 1-3 1-3 8 24
Buffalo 26 4 2-3 2-3 8 28
Upcoming Games
  • Buffalo will play their next game on the road against Dallas. The Sabres have a W/L % of .476 after a win and .423 after a loss.
  • Vegas will play their next game on the road against Ottawa. The Golden Knights have a W/L % of .520 after a win and .458 after a loss.