Ullmark leads the way in Sabres 4-1 victory over Dallas

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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. 

A few minutes after Buffalo killed off the man-advantage, Jimmy Vesey capitalized on what would be just the third shot for the Sabres in the opening period.

The pass, the finish, IT'S ALL THERE --#Sabres50 | @19Vesey pic.twitter.com/7wdevezDSH

— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) January 17, 2020

Vesey's sixth goal of the year also extended yet another point-streak for Eichel. The secondary assist for the Sabres captian made it nine-straight games with at least one goal or assist.

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. 

Backed up in their own zone for the majority of the period, Ullmark would help Buffalo hang on until Rasmus Dahlin broke the tie with 3:50 to go in the second period. 

Fire in the hole! --#Sabres50 | @rasmusdahlin00 pic.twitter.com/Li93j2R9ql

— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) January 17, 2020

The goal was Dahlin's third of the season. It was also the second Buffalo goal on just the 11th shot on net for Buffalo.

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. 

 

GAME SUMMARY

 

Goal Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 7:01 - Jimmy Vesey (6) (Sam Reinhart, Jack Eichel)DAL: NONE

Second Period

BUF: 16:10 - Rasmus Dahlin (3) (Henri Jokiharju, Kyle Okposo)DAL: 4:28 - Jamie Benn (12) (Miro Heiskanen, Tyler Seguin)

Third Period

BUF: 17:44 - Michael Frolik (1) (Curtis Lazar, Rasmus Ristolainen); 19:50 - Zemgus Girgensons (9) (Kyle Okposo)DAL: NONE

 

Penalty Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 1:04 - Jack Eichel (Tripping - 2 min.)DAL: 8:26 - Esa Lindell (High-sticking - 2 min.)

Second Period:

BUF: 9:00 - Rasmus Dahlin (Hooking - 2 min.); 17:44 - Rasmus Ristolainen (Hooking - 2 min.)DAL: 8:04 - Joel Kiviranta (Tripping - 2 min.)

Third Period:

BUF: 16:25 - Lawrence Pilut (Interference - 2 min.)DAL: NONE

 

Shots on Goal:

BUF: 22 (8, 5, 9)DAL: 29 (8, 16, 5)

Goalies:

BUF: Linus Ullmark - 28 savesDAL: Ben Bishop - 18 saves

Power Plays:

BUF: 0 for 2 (0%)DAL: 0 for 4 (0%)

Three Stars:

1. Linus Ullmark - BUF

2. Rasmus Dahlin - BUF

3. Jamie Benn - DAL

What's Next:

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.