National Hockey League
Buffalo 4, Winnipeg 2
When: 8:00 PM ET, Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Where: Canada Life Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Referees: Ghislain Hebert, Furman South
Linesmen: Brad Kovachik, Justin Johnson
Attendance: 13484

Rasmus Dahlin scored twice and the Buffalo Sabres snapped a seven-game slide with a 4-2 win against the host Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday.

Jeff Skinner and Anders Bjork also scored for the Sabres, who were 0-5-2 during their skid. Tage Thompson and Victor Olofsson each had two assists, and Buffalo goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 34 saves.

Pierre-Luc Dubois had a goal and an assist, Nikolaj Ehlers scored and Connor Hellebuyck made 23 saves for the Jets, who are winless in their past two (0-1-1) after going 4-2-0 in their previous six.

Dahlin gave the Sabres a 1-0 lead on a power play at 7:14 of the first period. He picked up a pass from Tage Thompson along the right wall and cut into the slot before going top corner, blocker side on Hellebuyck.

Dubois tied it 1-1 at 10:04 of the opening period. Defenseman Josh Morrissey intercepted a clearing attempt by the Sabres and fed Dubois, all alone in front, for his 14th of the season.

The Sabres regained the lead at 11:30 of the second period. Vinnie Hinostroza dished a quick backhand from the top of the left circle to an uncovered Bjork in front of the net to make it 2-1 Buffalo.

The Jets quickly responded. Moments after Luukkonen denied Dubois from the slot on a three-on-one that developed when Dahlin blew a tire along the left wall in the Sabres' end, Ehlers snapped home a one-timer from one knee to tie it 2-2 at 12:36.

Dahlin put the Sabres back on top with 39 seconds left in the middle period, finding an open lane from inside the blue line and firing a slap shot to make it 3-2.

Skinner's shot from the right circle went far side on Hellebuyck to push the lead to 4-2 at 11:55 of the third period.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Buffalo   Winnipeg
Rasmus Dahlin 2 Points Pierre-Luc Dubois 2
Rasmus Dahlin 2 Goals Pierre-Luc Dubois 1
Victor Olofsson 2 Assists Pierre-Luc Dubois 1
Rasmus Dahlin 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen .944 Save Percentage Connor Hellebuyck .852
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen 34 Saves Connor Hellebuyck 23
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Buffalo 27 4 1-2 3-3 6 19
Winnipeg 36 2 0-3 1-2 4 30
Upcoming Games
  • Winnipeg will play their next game at home against Washington. The Jets have a W/L % of .538 after a win and .400 after a loss.
  • Buffalo will play their next game on the road against Minnesota. The Sabres have a W/L % of .444 after a win and .263 after a loss.