Special teams the difference in Sabres' loss to Dallas
The Dallas Stars used four power play goals, including two in the third period to defeat the Buffalo Sabres, 5-4, on Thursday night at KeyBank Center.
Rasmus Dahlin scored less than three minutes into the game to give the Sabres a 1-0 lead. The defenseman glided in from the blue line and stick handled around Braden Holtby for the game's first goal.
Jack Quinn's hot streak in the American Hockey League carried over with Buffalo after being called up prior to the game. The rookie scored his first career NHL goal while on the power play. It extended the Sabres' lead to 2-0 over Dallas midway through the first.
The Stars used a power play goal of their own to halve the first period deficit to 2-1. Jason Robertson was able to convert on a rebound chance in the slot for his 14th goal of the year. It came with Robert Hagg in the penalty box for hooking.
Buffalo wasted no time in the second period extending the lead back to a pair of goals. Dylan Cozens scored his 10th goal of the season after a nice pass from Victor Olofsson sprung the 20-year-old for a scoring chance. The forward was credited with an assist, along with Quinn.
Dallas, once again, answered back with a power play goal. Roope Hintz was able to tap in a shot at the side of the net for his 16th goal of the season and make the score 3-2 in the middle stanza.
A little more than halfway through the second period, the Stars were outshooting Buffalo, 15-5. They took advantage of the time spent in the Sabres' end, as Tyler Seguin scored to tie the game at 3-3.
Dallas held a 28-15 edge overall in shots on goal midway through the game.
Alex Tuch used a deceptive move in the offensive zone to, once again, give the Sabres the lead, 4-3. His third goal since joining the Sabres was assisted by Dahlin and Henri Jokiharju.
A pair of power play goals in the third period helped Dallas eventually overtake the Sabres, 5-4. Seguin's second goal of the night came on the man advantage while Cody Eakin served a minor penalty for slashing. Meanwhile, Robertson's second goal of the game was scored when he knocked the puck out of the air in front of the net.
BUF : 2:47 - Rasmus Dahlin (7) (Anders Bjork, Henri Jokiharju); 6:37 - Jack Quinn (1) PPG (Rasmus Dahlin, Tage Thompson)
DAL : 16:30 - Jason Robertson (14) PPG (Unassisted)
BUF : 1:09 - Dylan Cozens (10) (Victor Olofsson, Jack Quinn); 14:13 - Alex Tuch (3) (Rasmus Dahlin, Henri Jokiharju)
DAL : 5:26 - Roope Hintz (16) PPG (Jason Robertson, John Klingberg); 11:40 - Tyler Seguin (11) (Dennis Gurianov, John Klingberg)
BUF : NONE
DAL : 12:23 - Tyler Seguin (12) PPG (Roope Hintz, John Klingberg); 16:28 - Jason Robertson (15) PPG (Tyler Seguin, Joe Pavelski)
BUF : 16:38 - Robert Hagg (Hooking - 2 min.)
DAL : 6:21 - Jani Hakanpaa (Cross checking - 2 min.)
BUF: 3:49 - Mark Pysyk (Slashing - 2 min.); 14:21 - Rasmus Dahlin (Delay of game - 2 min.)
DAL : 16:45 - Esa Lindell (Interference - 2 min.); 19:32 - TEAM (Too many men on the ice - 2 min.)
BUF : 11:49 - Cody Eakin (Slashing - 2 min.); 15:36 - Rasmus Asplund (Tripping - 2 min.)
DAL : NONE
Losi and Gangi Three Stars of the Game:
1.) Jason Robertson - DAL
2.) Tyler Seguin - DAL
3.) Jack Quinn - BUF
The Sabres will return to game action on Saturday for a matinee affair with the Philadelphia Flyers at KeyBank Center. Faceoff is set for 1 p.m. EST with pregame coverage on WGR starting at 12 p.m. EST with Brian Koziol.