Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen (55), of Finland, collides with Nashville Predators forward Gabriel Bourque (57) as they chase down the puck in the second period of an NHL hockey game on Thursday, March 27, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
Weber, Predators Pound Sabres 6-1
The Predators got two goals from Shea Weber in a 6-1 rout over the Sabres on Thursday, sending Buffalo to its 10th loss in 11 games. Rasmus Ristolainen scored the lone goal for the Sabres.
Nashville took it to the Sabres right away, scoring four times in what proved to be a disasterous period for Buffalo. Colton Sissons notched his first goal of the season, flicking a rebound past Matt Hackett 6:26 into the game. Later in the period, Colin Wilson outworked Christian Ehrhoff in front of the crease, slapping at a puck that hit Ehrhoff and landed in front of the net for the 2-0 lead. Nashville made 3-0 just nine seconds later on Calle Jarnkrok's first. Enjoying a 5-on-3 power play late in the opening period, Weber sent a rocket past Hackett, putting the Preds up 4-0 after 20 minutes.
Ristolainen, playing as an emergency call-up from Rochester, fired a slapshot past Carter Hutton to get Buffalo on the board early in the second, but Weber gave Nashville its four-goal lead back just 4:13 later. The Predators captain sent another blast into the Sabres' net, this time beating Nathan Lieuwen -- who replaced Hackett to start the second -- for the 5-1 lead. Eric Nystrom added a goal with 40 seconds left in regulation to make it 6-1.
Buffalo returns home on Saturday to face the Tampa Bay Lightning at 7 p.m. Former goaltender Dominik Hasek will be inducted into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame prior to the game.
6:26 - NSH - Colton Sissons (1) (Richard Clune, Eric Nystrom)
11:44 - NSH - Colin Wilson (8) (Viktor Stalberg, Nick Spaling)
11:53 - NSH - Calle Jarnkrok (1) (Gabriel Bourque, Craig Smith)
19:17 - NSH - Shea Weber (19) (PPG) (Matt Cullen, Patric Hornqvist)
7:04 - BUF - Henrik Tallinder (2 min., hooking)
14:28 - BUF - Nicolas Deslauriers (5 min., fighting)
14:28 - NSH - Victor Bartley (5 min., fighting)
17;39 - BUF - Bench penalty (2 min., too many men on the ice - served by Cory Conacher)
17:47 - BUF - Johan Larsson (2 min., delay of game)
2:06 - BUF - Rasmus Ristolainen (2) (Brian Flynn, Johan Larsson)
6:19 - NSH - Shea Weber (20) (Roman Josi, Mike Fisher)
12:37 - Mike Fisher (2 min., tripping)
19:20 - NSH - Eric Nystrom (14) (Richard Clune)
5:20 - NSH - Colin Wilson (2 min., interference)