Sam Reinhart opened the scoring just 18 seconds into tonight’s game. It was the Sabres’ fastest goal from the beginning of a game since Johan Larsson scored 18 seconds into a 4-3 victory on Dec. 1, 2016 against the New York Rangers.
Jack Eichel scored twice tonight, becoming the third player in the NHL to reach the 20-goal mark this season and extending his career-best point streak to 14 games (12+13). He’s now one game shy of Patrick Kane’s 15-game streak for the longest in the NHL this season.
Eichel’s second goal was the 13th empty-net goal of his career, tying Gilbert Perreault and Miroslav Satan for the most empty-netters in Sabres history.
With his goal and an assist tonight, Reinhart now has five points (3+2) in his last four games.
After recording two assists tonight, Victor Olofsson now has 18 points (6+12) in his last 17 games, including two-point performances in four of the team’s last five games.
With a two-point night (1+1), Johan Larsson has recorded his first three-game point streak since November 2016. He now has nine points (2+7) and a plus-9 rating in Buffalo’s last seven contests.
Linus Ullmark made 28 saves in the win. He has now stopped 79 of 85 shots (.929) in his three career meetings with St. Louis.
Ullmark is now 5-1-1 with a .923 save percentage in his last seven appearances.
With five goals in the first period tonight, the Sabres recorded their highest single-period goal total since they scored five in the second period on Jan. 8, 2019 vs. New Jersey.
The Sabres have scored at least six goals in consecutive home games for the fourth time in the last 10 years.
The others: Feb. 5 and Feb. 13, 2011; March 27 and March 31, 2010; Oct. 13 and Oct. 16, 2009
Linus Ullmark tied a career high with 44 saves tonight, improving to 9-3-3 in his career (4-0-1 this season) when facing at least 40 shots.
With two goals in the first period, Conor Sheary posted his 11th career multi-goal game and his second of the season.
Jack Eichel’s first-period goal tonight extended his point streak to 10 games (9+10). He now owns the eighth-longest streak in the NHL this season and trails only Patrick Kane for the longest active streak.
Johan Larsson recorded three assists in the first period, marking his second career three-point night (last: March 11, 2015 at Toronto). Jack Eichel (0+4, 3/31/18) is the only player in franchise history ever to have recorded more assists in a single period.
With Buffalo’s fifth goal of the game, Rasmus Asplund tallied his first career NHL goal.
With two points (1+1) tonight, Victor Olofsson now has at least a point in 11 of his his 13 games dating back to Nov. 8. During that span, all five of his goals and 10 of his 12 points have come at even strength.
Henri Jokiharju’s goal tonight was the third of his career and his first to come on the power play.
Rasmus Ristolainen recorded the primary assist on Eichel’s goal and now has a point in each of his last three games (1+3).
With tonight’s win, the Sabres are 4-0-1 through five games. It’s the first time Buffalo has started a season with points in five straight games since the team went 4-0-1 through its first five games of the 2009-10 season.
Buffalo has also begun the season with wins in each of the team’s first three home games for the first time since the 2008-09 season.
The Sabres went 4-for-4 on the penalty kill tonight. They have now killed each of their last six penalties.
Linus Ullmark, who earned the shootout win tonight, has the sixth-best career shootout save percentage (15-for-18, .833) of any NHL goaltender with at least 15 shots faced in shootouts.
With his goal tonight, Johan Larsson now has a point in each of his last two games against the Panthers.
Zemgus Girgensons notched two assists tonight to record the 19th two-point game of his career. He now has three assists in his last two games against Florida.
With primary assists on both of the team’s goals tonight, Kyle Okposo registered his first two-assist game since Nov. 19 at Pittsburgh.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 12, 2019) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Johan Larsson to a one-year contract with an AAV of $1.55 million.
Larsson (5’11”, 202 lbs., 7/25/1992) recently completed his seventh NHL season and recorded 14 points (6+8) in 73 games. Larsson, who played one game for the Minnesota Wild before being traded to the Sabres in April 2013, has recorded 79 points (32+47) in 331 career NHL games. Seven of his 32 career goals have been game-winners and the Sabres are 20-7-4 all-time when Larsson scores.
Before coming to the NHL, Larsson was named Rookie of the Year in the Swedish Hockey League and was a member of the Brynäs IF team that captured the 2011-12 SHL championship. The Lau, Sweden native appeared in two IIHF World Junior Championships, including as team captain in 2012 when his team won the gold medal. Larsson also won a gold medal with Team Sweden at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.