Chicago – Buffalo thought they had a good game plan heading into Chicago for Sunday nights roadie against the Blackhawks but somewhere between O’Hare International Airport and the United Center directions went off course.
Rookie Kirby Dach scored two goals to help lead Chicago to a 4-1 victory over the Sabres.
Jack Eichel had the lone Buffalo goal giving him five tallies in his last 2 games. Carter Hutton had the start in net and made 23 saves in the loss. But it was Eichel’s poor backchecking on Dach’s second goal that had the Sabres leading scorer miffed after the game. “It’s really frustrating for me,” Eichel said. “I gotta have him (Dach) there. I’d really love to have that play back.”
Patrick Kane, who turns 31 on Tuesday, scored Chicago’s 3rd goal just 3:42 into the third period and Jonathon Toews netted the Blackhawks fourth goal a little over five minutes later.
Kane’s goal extended his scoring streak to nine games (8-9-17) pushing his season point total to 25.
Corey Crawford turned away 33 Buffalo shots for the win, he is now 11-0-0 against Buffalo for his career.
Dach’s first goal came at 15:43 of the first period, weaving his way into the Buffalo zone untouched and floated a shot just over Hutton’s glove. His second was a nice right to left deke against a defenseless Hutton after sneaking behind Eichel.
The game featured 28 combined penalty minutes including a second period fight between Jimmy Vesey (BUF) and Erik Gustafsson (CHI). Buffalo’s powerplay woes continued going 0-4 with the man advantage. Chicago did convert on one of their 5 powerplays. Kane’s goal was unassisted and with the man advantage.
With a number of Sabres standing around looking for the puck after a faceoff deep inside their own zone, Kane pulled the biscuit in close and wristed a shot past Hutton putting this one out of reach and Toews added extra insurance a short time later.
“That second goal took the wind out of our sails,” Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger said after the game. “We seemed to breakdown with too many penalties and lost control of the game. Chicago definitely deserved to win.”
Krueger liked the way Rasmus Dahlin bounced back after being benched Saturday night for the final 22 minutes.
Tage Thompson was called up from Rochester and played well before leaving the game with an apparent upper body injury in the third.
There was an announced crowd of 21,334.
Buffalo (10-7-3) hosts Minnesota (7-11-2) on Tuesday. The Wild have lost 10 of those eleven on the road.
Sabres Post Game Interviews with Jack Eichel, Ralph Krueger and Jimmy Vesey
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