Game Recap: Sabres blown out by Edmonton 7-2

Lucic, Kassian each score two goal; Sabres reach season low.

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Milan Lucic and Zack Kassian each scored two goals for the Edmonton Oilers (22-21-3) in a 7-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres (23-17-6) at Rogers Place on Monday night.

 (22-21-3)This was Lucic’s third goal in four games, from scoring just one goal in his first 42 games this season. Kassian, also not know for his scoring touch, more like a third or fourth line grinder had just two goals in 42 games this season.

“It feels good as an individual to pop a couple tonight, but the most important thing is that we got the two points in the standings,” Lucic said. “We finally got some bounces that went our way when they have gone against us the last three games. It was nice to get a win here. As of late, we have won one, lost one, won one, lost one, so now it is about putting something together.”

Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins each had a goal and an assist, and Leon Draisaitl scored for Edmonton , which won for the fourth time in 13 games. Mikko Koskinen made 41 saves.

Casey Mittelstadt and Evan Rodrigues scored for Buffalo, which has now lost three in a row. Carter Hutton gave up five goals on the first 12 shots before being yanked at 4:49 of the second period. Linus Ullmark made 11 saves in relief.

“We let some goals in [that] kind of deflated us,” Rodrigues said. “It’s a minor mistake and one that we usually write off and get back on track. But we let it affect us too much and we let in bring our game down, and we got the result we deserved.”

Period 1

The Sabres strikes first and fast with a play starting with Mittelsadt up the middle who passes to Sheary who then chucks it at the net from the corner boards which finds the back of the net tipped by Mittelstadt, one minute into the game.

The Sabres lead wouldn’t last long however as the Oilers tied it up 1-1 with a goal by Kassian 2:33 into the game, then Nugent-Hopkins scores the go-ahead goal just 3:23 into regulation making it 2-1 really quick.

Kassian scores his second of the night making it 3-1 Oilders, driving through the middle and catching Hutton hugging the post for an easy one-timer in the center of the net.

At 8:57 into the first, Rodriques scores stick side high with a wrist shot from the slot making it a one-goal game at 3-2.

“We let one get away from us,” Rodrigues said. “I think they got a few early, one goes off our stick, one is a random shot that gets deflected in. We had our chances, we just gave up too much and we let one get away from us in the second half.”

Sabres played on their toes mostly in the offensive zone with less than five minutes remaining in the period. They cycled the puck well, played with urgency, but also gave up a chance in their own end, every two or three shifts.

Buffalo  –  Oilers

Shots 16-8

Hits 9-9

Giveaways 5-8

Takeaways 5-2

Blocked Shots 0-5

Period 2

Just 30 seconds into the second period, McDavid poke checked the puck for a breakaway all alone down the center ice. He almost lost his balance looking over his shoulder twice, but regained in time to score five-hole on Hutton, making it 4-2 Edmonton.

All alone in the slot, Lucic intercepts a pass and scores for Edmonton, giving them a 3-goal lead 5-2.

Sabres added some good zone time with 12 minutes into the second period.

On the power play with 3:33 left in the second the Sabres record no shots on goal.

Period ends with Edmonton up three goals 5-3.

Oilers Buffalo
Shots 14(29) 10(18)
Hits 19 14
Takeaways 5 8
Giveaways 14 10
Blocked Shots 11 2

Period 3

With nearly four minutes into the third, Edmonton breaks this game wide open with Lucic’s second of the night making it 6-2.

Less than two minutes later, Edmonton lights the lamp again, this time on the power-play by Draisaitl making it 7-2.

After that, the Sabres didn’t want to dig themselves in any deeper, and Edmonton cruised to the win.

Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images

“When you look at the whole body of work in our game, we had a rough start, we turned some pucks over and we talked about rush coverage this morning, and I didn’t think we did a very good job of that,” Sabres coach Phil Housley said. “We can’t give those kind of odd-man situations up against a good team that can kill you on the rush.”

The Sabres are going to have to forget this one fast. Throwing pucks on the net from 45 feet out, will not cut it on most nights. You might even make the case this game was a rock bottom moment for the Sabres allowing Lucic and Kassian score multiple goals on you and giving McDavid a breakaway.

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