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, N.Y. (AP) — An emotional tribute to Jason Pominville inspired the Buffalo Sabres to their biggest home win in a decade.After being honored on the ice in a pregame ceremony for playing his 1,000 NHL game earlier this week, Pominville had two goals and an assist to lead the Sabres in a 9-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.“I feel very fortunate to call this home and have the support of the fans that I have,” said Pominville, who has played 674 of his 1,001 career games during two stints with the Sabres. “From top to bottom, it was a great day.”Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula presented Pominville with a silver saber before the game and fans were given commemorative placards that read “Welcome to Pominville, Population: 1000.” Video tributes from current and former teammates, as well as Pominville’s wife and two young children, were played throughout the game.“Kind of fortunate we had a lead and I was able to look up and hear most of them,” Pominville said. “Just a lot of people that meant a lot to me throughout my career and a lot of great players and a lot of great memories with all of them. Yeah, it was pretty emotional at times.”Jeff Skinner also had two goals and and assist for the Sabres, who carried over the momentum from a two-goal third period in Thursday night’s 4-2 loss at Ottawa to snap a three-game losing streak.Conor Sheary, Casey Mittlestadt, Patrik Berglund and Zemgus Girgensons added a goal and an assist apiece, Kyle Okposo also scored Authentic Julio Jones Jersey
, Jack Eichel had three assists and Linus Ullmark made 27 saves.Buffalo scored nine goals in a game for the first time since a 10-2 win over at Edmonton on Jan. 27, 2009. The last time they scored nine goals at home was a 10-1 win over Atlanta on Jan. 18, 2008.“Just the environment, with Pommer, the whole ceremony, I think it capped off a really good night, a special night for him and our team,” said Eichel, the Sabres’ captain.Pominville extended his point streak to seven games, his longest since 2014, when he played for the Minnesota Wild.Max McCormick and Thomas Chabot scored for Ottawa and Mike McKenna stopped 25 shots after replacing Craig Anderson in goal late in the first period.The Senators have lost five of their last six and have allowed 30 goals during that stretch.“I think collectively, we weren’t ready for the emotional level that they had,” Senators coach Guy Boucher said. “They came out as strong as we’ve seen all year and most probably because the players wanted to have a great night for Pominville.”The Sabres took a 2-0 lead in the first 6:28 of a three-goal third period.Okposo opened the scoring a little over five minutes in on rising slap shot from outside the right circle.Skinner knocked in the rebound off Eichel’s shot from the point less than two minutes later.Pominville made it 3-0 when he batted a bouncing puck after Skinner’s shot, chasing Anderson with 5:35 left in the first period.Buffalo scored four more goals in the first eight minutes of the second period. The first two came in a span of 13 seconds.Mittelstadt’s backhand pass set up Skinner in the slot for his team-leading ninth goal on a power play 3:55 into the period.Berglund then set up Girgensons from behind the net to put the Sabres up 5-0.After McCormick put the Senators on the board with his first goal of the season, Pominville netted his second of the game and eighth of the year on an assist from Eichel.Sheary scored Buffalo’s seventh goal on a breakaway 7:48 into the second period. Berglund added the eighth goal 5:41 into the third period and Sheary dropped the puck off to Mittelstadt for the final goal with 6:47 left to play.NOTES: Sabres rookie D Rasmus Dahlin, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 draft Julio Jones Jersey Limited
, was struck by a puck late in the second period and stayed in the dressing room for the third. Coach Phil Housley said Dahlin will be evaluated Sunday and is expected to make the trip for Sunday’s game against the New York Rangers. … Buffalo is in the midst of playing three of 12 games at home after opening the season with a four-game homestand. … Senators rookie F Brady Tkachuk skated Friday for the first time since injuring his leg on Oct. 15. … Anderson allowed three goals on 10 shots after stopping 46 of 48 shots in the Senators’ 4-2 win over the Sabres on Thursday. … Sabres F Sam Reinhart had two assists and now has eight points in Buffalo’s seven wins and none in seven losses.UP NEXTSenators: Host Tampa Bay on Sunday.Sabres: Start two-game road trip Sunday at New York Rangers. BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — After being booed at home throughout a shutout loss to open the season, the Buffalo Sabres gave their fans something to cheer about.Conor Sheary scored two goals and Carter Hutton made 43 saves as the Sabres beat the New York Rangers 3-1 on Saturday night for their first victory of the season.“We knew this was an important one,” Sheary said. “We kind of got spanked in our home opener there, so we wanted to come out and have a strong effort and it was good to get two points.”Captain Jack Eichel added an empty-net goal in the final seconds and had an assist for the Sabres, who snapped a six-game losing streak at KeyBank Center dating to last season.“It’s great to get a win on home ice,” Eichel said. “We were desperate. We won battles when we needed to. It’s great to see us get a team win like that.”Hutton, who led the NHL in save percentage and goals-against average as a backup in St. Louis last season, drew a standing ovation during his first win as the Sabres’ starter when he made a sliding save against Howden on a three-man breakaway in the second period. Hutton held up against 14 shots (six on power plays) while the Rangers controlled the action for most of the first period. He made 19 saves in the third period.“Our goalie was our best player tonight, and sometimes that needs to be the case,” Eichel said. “Credit to Hutts. I thought he was tremendous.”Sheary, acquired in an offseason trade with Pittsburgh, scored both of his goals on power plays and played on the Sabres’ top line. The former linemate of Sidney Crosby was moved up from Buffalo’s second group of forwards in the third period of the 4-0 opening loss to Boston.Rookie Brett Howden scored off a rebound with 4:39 remaining in the game for the Rangers, who started a two-game trip by falling to 0-2 under first-year coach David Quinn.“I thought we played pretty well but I don’t think we played winning hockey enough throughout the game,” Quinn said. “We did a lot of good things better than we did the other night. At the end of the day, though http://www.atlantafalconsteamonline.com/julio-jones-jersey
, this is a game of taking advantage of your opportunities and they took advantage of two of theirs and we only took advantage of one of ours.”Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves for New York. The Rangers outshot the Sabres in all three periods and finished with a 44-29 advantage in shots on goal.“The difference was special teams,” Lundqvist said. “If you look at how hard we played and the amount of chances we had, we should be happy about that. At the same time, this league isn’t about playing great, it’s just making key plays at the right time and finding a way to win games. That’s what it’s all about.”Rangers center Filip Chytil went to the locker room in the second period after taking a hit to the head from Buffalo’s Patrik Berglund but was able to return.“I had a big problem with the hit,” Quinn said. “He didn’t have the puck and they hit him in the head. From what I’ve been told already, the league is already looking at it.”Sheary skated off the bench to score Buffalo’s first goal of the season with 6:45 left in the first period. Rasmus Ristolainen set up Sheary’s wrist shot from the left circle on a 2-on-1 rush.“When that first one went in, truthfully for me, it was nice to hear the roar of the crowd,” Hutton said.Replays showed the Sabres had six men on the ice when Casey Mittlestadt created the scoring chance with a backhand pass from the right board to Ristolainen.Eichel and Sam Reinhart pinged the puck to Sheary for his second goal from the right side of the net 1:42 into the second period.NOTES: Sheary recorded his eighth multi-goal game and his teams are 8-0-0 in those games. His last came in a Penguins win over the Sabres on Nov. 14, 2017. … F Remi Elie made his Sabres debut after being claimed off waivers from Dallas on Thursday. Elie replaced Vladimir Sobotka, who is day-to-day with an upper-body injury sustained during the season-opening loss to Boston. … Rangers F Cody McLeod entered the lineup in place of Vladislav Namestnikov (healthy scratch). … Eichel played for Quinn during his lone season at Boston University in 2014-15. … Hutton is now 4-0-0 with a .960 save percentage and 1.35 goals-against average in five career appearances against the Rangers.UP NEXTRangers: Conclude a back-to-back at Carolina on Sunday. Backup goaltender Alexandar Georgiev will get the start.Sabres: Continue their four-game homestand with a matinee against Las Vegas on Monday.