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Shea Weber, Colin Wilson, Craig Smith, Eric Nystrom
Nashville Predators' Shea Weber (6), Colin Wilson (33), Craig Smith (15) and Eric Nystrom celebrate a goal by Weber during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres in Buffalo, N.Y., Tuesday, March 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

Weber, Predators Shut Down Sabres 4-1



Shea Weber recorded a goal and an assist, helping the Predators defeat the Sabres at First Niagara Center on Tuesday 4-1. Paul Gaustad added an empty-netter for Nashville in the win.

Playing in his 500th NHL game, Drew Stafford opened the scoring with an early power play goal, collecting a Cody Hodgson rebound and scooping it past Nashville goaltender Carter Hutton. The goal marked Stafford's 14th point in his last 15 games. The Predators tied it later in the period with Cory Conacher in the Buffalo box for interference. A Weber shot glanced off Nick Spaling's skate and into the Buffalo net, making it 1-1.

Weber gave Nashville the lead early in the second period, receiving a drop pass from Colin Wilson and snapping the puck past Enroth. Craig Smith's 20th of the year put the Predators up 3-1 at 7:51 of the second, a slapshot that found its way through Enroth's five-hole. Gaustad provided the late empty net goal in his former home arena, sealing the 4-1 Nashville win.

The loss sends Buffalo to its third straight defeat. The Sabres look to turn things around on Thursday when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes for a 7 p.m. start. Catch the play-by-play on WGR 550 and the Buffalo Sabres Radio Network.

1st Period
Goals

2:09 - BUF - Drew Stafford (12) (PPG) (Cody Hodgson, Tyler Ennis)
17:10 - NSH - Nick Spaling (13) (PPG) (Shea Weber, Roman Josi)

Penalties
1:34 - NSH - Matt Cullen (2 min., holding)
4:38 - NSH - Mike Fisher (2 min., holding)
15:40 - BUF - Cory Conacher (2 min., interference)

2nd Period
Goals

3:33 - NSH - Shea Weber (16) (Colin Wilson, Craig Smith)
7:51 - NSH - Craig Smith (20) (Colin Wilson, Gabriel Bourque)

Penalties
9:20 - BUF - Zenon Konopka (5 min. major, fighting)
9:20 - NSH - Paul Gaustad (2 min., instigator)
9:20 - NSH - Paul Gaustad (5 min. major, fighting)
9:20 - NSH - Paul Gaustad (10 min. misconduct)
12:24 - NSH - Richard Clune (2 min., high-sticking)

3rd Period
Goals

18:29 - NSH - Paul Gaustad (9) (EN) (Nick Spaling)

Penalties
None

Goaltending
NSH - Carter Hutton (24 saves, 25 shots)
BUF - Jhonas Enroth (20 saves, 23 shots)

Power Plays
NSH - 1 of 1
BUF - 1 of 4

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