Dallas uses four goal first period to beat Buffalo 5-1
DALLAS (AP) — Tyler Seguin scored his fifth power-play goal of the season in Dallas’ four-goal first period, and Stars beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-1 on Saturday night.
Seguin’s goal on a slap shot from the left faceoff circle made it 4-0 just 12:51 into the game.
Remi Elie, Radek Faksa and Stephen Johns also scored in the first, and Antoine Roussel added a second-period goal. Johns’ goal chased Buffalo goaltender Robin Lehner from the game at 10:27 of the first.
Lehner made only four saves before Chad Johnson came in and stopped 13 shots.
Kari Lehtonen had 27 saves to win his second straight start. Ryan O’Reilly broke up Lehtonen’s shutout bid by winning a faceoff and sending a shot between the goalie’s legs late in the second.
John Klingberg had a season-high three assists.
Elie opened the scoring at 3:09 of the first. Roussel intercepted a clearing pass on the left-wing boards and sent a slap shot at Lehner. Elie took the rebound in front for a short wrist shot into the net.
Faksa scored at 7:07. Lehner deflected Gemel Smith’s cross-ice pass in front of the net and on to Faksa’s stick for a tip-in.
Smith also assisted on Johns’ goal, dropping a pass back into the slot for the defenseman. Johns put a wrist shot past Lehner.
NOTES: The Stars have won five straight home games. They have defeated Buffalo the last six times the Sabres have visited Dallas. ... The Stars were without C Martin Hanzal (lower-body injury) and RW Brett Ritchie (upper body). Neither is expected to play Monday vs. Winnipeg. ...O’Reilly has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in his last nine games. ... Elie’s first goal of the season was his second in 29 career games. Roussel also scored his first goal this season. Smith had his first two assists of 2017-18.
Sabres: Host Washington on Tuesday.
Stars: Host Winnipeg on Monday in the second of a three-game homestand.