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Sabers tie franchise record with 10th win in a row – The Buffalo News


The chants started moments after Buffalo Saber defender Nathan Beaulieu one-time a pass into the net for a two-goal lead in the third period.

"We want 10," the sold-out KeyBank Center crowd shouted in unison Tuesday night.

The Sabers delivered. Jeff Skinner scored 1:41 into overtime and Carter Hutton made 36 save to beat the San Jose Sharks, 3-2, for the third 10-game winning streak in franchise history and first since 2006-07.

Skinner scored when San Jose goalie Martin Jones left the crease to poke at a loose puck, allowing Skinner to grab the puck and beat Jones for his 19th goal of the season.

The Sabers, 17-6-2 with 36 points, have not lost since Nov. 4 against the New York Rangers, and one more win would give them the franchise's first 11-game streak. They are now 11-0-2 when scoring first and 9-2-1 at home, on pace for their best mark since 1979-80.

Sharks center Joe Pavelski scored on a one-hour slap shot on a pass 11:29 into the third period and again at 16:42 to tie the score with a wraparound for a power play goal, erasing the Sabers' two-goal lead.

Buffalo defendereman Rasmus Ristolainen scored 14:42 in the second period, when he rushed up the left wing, passed the between his own legs and skated around former Norris Trophy winner Brent Burns to beat Martin Jones. After killing off Rasmus Dahlin's penalty 1:35 into the third, Buffalo added to its lead when Beaulieu one-timed a backdoor pass from Sam Reinhart into the open net.

Rasmus Ristolainen scores and celebrates, and Twitter goes wild

The Sabers were outshot again, 38-31, and failed to capitalize on their lone power play. De har også slått av San Joses første tre power plays, som bare tillader en for det tyingmål. Hutton has won eight consecutive starts and has 12 in his first season with the Sabers.

Scramble: The Sharks almost tied the score 1:35 into the third period, when winger Timo Meier scrambled for a loose puck and was tripped by Rasmus Dahlin. Meier got enough of the puck to pass over to Joe Pavelski near the crease, and Pavelski's shot went under Hutton.

In the end, Hutton found a way to prevent the puck from going in.

Another key SAVE: Ondanks scoring only once, the second period was one of the Sabers' best. They also only outshot San Jose, 9-8, but they did a better job holding the puck and limiting the Sharks' opportunities. Buffalo was needed after the Sharks used their speed to beat defensemen in the first period.

Hutton bailed the Sabers out when a mistake was made. His glove save on San Jose winger Barclay Goodrow with 9.1 seconds remaining in the second period kept the shutout intact.

Bizarre celebration: Ristolainen's goal defied logic. Defensemen are not supposed to pass the puck between their legs and skate around of the league's best before scoring a highlight-real goal. Yet, that's exactly what Ristolainen did to Burns.

Ristolainen then celebrated by twirling the blade of his stick around and acted as if he had holstered it on his hip.

Close call: Building off his success in Detroit, Tage Thompson almost scored on a 3-on-2 rush in the second period, when Dahlin found him with a pass in the offensive zone but Jones made the save. Thompson was tripped up two minutes later when he was mauled by Burns but a penalty was not called.

Power-play despair: The Sabers had two shots on goal during a second-period power play and Kyle Okposo missed another attempt. San Jose entered the game having killed 53 of its previous 56 penalties.

Even first: The Sharks outshot the Sabers, 13-7, in the first period, but Buffalo was not outplayed during the first 20 minutes.

Casey Mittelstadt found Okposo with a centering pass almost nine minutes into the periods, although Okposo could not get a shot off at the top of the crease. Hutton outdid his opponent with a glove save at 17:31, when Sharks winger Marcus Sorenson received a pass near the top of the crease.

Mild welcome: Evander Kane, playing his first game at KeyBank Center since being traded to the Sharks last February, was welcomed back with a message on the video board above center ice. The brief message evoked a mild round of applause from the crowd, but Kane received a mixed response in his return.

There were a few angry when Kane touched the puck, though they were not as loud as the cheers. Playing on the Sharks' top line, Kane tried to impose his will early and even knocked down midfield between the benches in the first period.

Pilut's flight: Defenseman Lawrence Pilut is back with the Sabers after being sent back to the Rochester Americans on Friday. Pilut, 22, was recalled Tuesday afternoon because Marco Scandella was unavailable to play against the Sharks. Under en pregame intervju på WGR Radio, general manager Jason Botterill gav ikke anledning til den late scratch.

With Scandella Out, Casey Nelson was paired with Nathan Beaulieu.

Next: The Sabers will practice Wednesday at 11 a.m. before leaving for a three-game road trip, starting with Tampa Bay. They'll play the Lightning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

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