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Predators too much for Sabres 4-1

  • Article by: NICK MENDOLA
  • Associated Press
  • March 11, 2014 - 9:00 PM

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Shea Weber had a goal and an assist and the Nashville Predators won their second straight road game with a 4-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.

Nick Spaling, Craig Smith and Paul Gaustad also scored for Nashville, which got 24 saves from Carter Hutton.

Drew Stafford scored for Buffalo, which has lost three in a row.

Hutton staved off a Buffalo attack that controlled possession and outshot Nashville 11-5 in the second period on the way to a 25-24 advantage for the game.

The Predators arrived in Buffalo after 2 a.m. after Monday's game at Ottawa and skipped their morning skate before having to fight off a slow start to Tuesday's game.

An early power play helped Buffalo take a 1-0 lead at 2:09 of the first as Stafford pulled a rebound away from Hutton's left pad to score his 12th goal of the season.

The goal ended a 0-for-11 slump for the Sabres power play.

Nashville's equalizer came at the 17:10 mark of the first period, as Spaling used his skate to deflect a Weber shot past Jhonas Enroth. The power-play goal came on Nashville's only attempt with the man advantage.

Tied at 1 after 20 minutes, Weber picked up a drop pass from Colin Wilson and beat Enroth to make it 2-1 at the 3:33 mark of the second.

Smith doubled Nashville's advantage at 7:51 with his 20th goal of the season. His low slap shot from just in front of the blue line beat Enroth between the legs.

The game was a shaky one for Enroth, who had played well since Buffalo traded Ryan Miller to St. Louis on Feb. 28.

Buffalo's Zenon Konopka was challenged to fight by Gaustad at 9:20 of the second after the Sabres forward put an open-ice hit on Viktor Stalberg. Gaustad received a two-minute instigator and 10-minute misconduct in addition to his fighting major.

Hutton made a big save on Tyler Ennis moments later. Stafford worked the puck behind the net before passing to Hodgson, whose high shot was gloved by the Nashville goaltender.

The Sabres finished 1 for 4 on the power play.

Hutton had allowed multiple goals in eight consecutive starts entering the game, but was stout in goal.

Gaustad added an empty-net goal at the 18:29 mark of the third period.

The Sabres next leave Buffalo for two games, while Nashville finishes a three-game road trip on Friday in Chicago.

NOTES: Sabres LW Matt Ellis played in his 300th NHL game. ... Patrick Eaves was scratched after going pointless in his first three games with the Predators after being acquired in a trade with Detroit for David Legwand. ... Sabres rookie C Zemgus Girgensons missed his third game with an undisclosed injury.

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