Make it three-straight wins for the Buffalo Sabres after a 4-1 victory in Dallas Thursday night against the Stars.
Despite a four-goal night, it was an up and down offensive showing for Buffalo with the defense and goaltending leading the way.
Linus Ullmark carried the load for Buffalo in net with a 28-save performance. From the drop of the first face-off, Ullmark began to make some crucial saves.
The Sabres goaltender stopped three quick shots by Stars forward Tyler Seguin before Jack Eichel took a penalty just 1:04 into the first period.
Strong play in the defensive zone while capitalizing on the few quality offensive opportunities the Sabres had was the key theme of this victory.
Buffalo would hang on to a 1-0 lead heading into the first intermission, but it took just four minutes for Stars F Jamie Benn to tie the game up, scoring off of a rebound from a shot at the point.
Heading into the final period, the Sabres held a 2-1 lead despite the Stars spending 5:29 minutes with the puck in the opposing zone.
That was almost double the time Buffalo spent past the Dallas blue line.
It wouldn't matter. The Stars would get off just three shots on goal in the third before newly acquired Sabres F Michael Frolik scored his first goal with his new team.
Frolik had an empty net but had to still be fairly accurate with his shot, dealing with a tough angle along the right boards.
One more goal with just :10 seconds left by Zemgus Girgensons would be all she wrote as the Sabres stay five points out of a wild card playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
BUF: 7:01 - Jimmy Vesey (6) (Sam Reinhart, Jack Eichel)DAL: NONE
BUF: 16:10 - Rasmus Dahlin (3) (Henri Jokiharju, Kyle Okposo)DAL: 4:28 - Jamie Benn (12) (Miro Heiskanen, Tyler Seguin)
BUF: 17:44 - Michael Frolik (1) (Curtis Lazar, Rasmus Ristolainen); 19:50 - Zemgus Girgensons (9) (Kyle Okposo)DAL: NONE
BUF: 1:04 - Jack Eichel (Tripping - 2 min.)DAL: 8:26 - Esa Lindell (High-sticking - 2 min.)
BUF: 9:00 - Rasmus Dahlin (Hooking - 2 min.); 17:44 - Rasmus Ristolainen (Hooking - 2 min.)DAL: 8:04 - Joel Kiviranta (Tripping - 2 min.)
BUF: 16:25 - Lawrence Pilut (Interference - 2 min.)DAL: NONE
Shots on Goal:
BUF: 22 (8, 5, 9)DAL: 29 (8, 16, 5)
BUF: Linus Ullmark - 28 savesDAL: Ben Bishop - 18 saves
BUF: 0 for 2 (0%)DAL: 0 for 4 (0%)
1. Linus Ullmark - BUF
2. Rasmus Dahlin - BUF
3. Jamie Benn - DAL
The Sabres head to Nashville for a weekend battle with the Predators on Saturday night, Jan. 18. It will be the last game for Buffalo before their scheduled bye week. Puck drop inside Bridgestone Arena is set for just after 8:00 p.m.; the Paul William Beltz Pre-Game Show kicks off at 7:00 with Brian Koziol on WGR Sports Radio 550.