NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jack Quinn scored a goal and added an assist to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 5-3 victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.
Jeff Skinner, Dylan Cozens, Victor Olofsson and Kyle Okposo also scored and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 38 saves for the Sabres, which snapped a three-game losing streak.
“I think our guys felt and knew when they were playing the right way, they had some control over the game,” Buffalo coach Don Granato said. “Things were working well for them, it’s just getting back to that.”
Roman Josi, Jeremy Lauzon and Ryan Johansen scored and Juuse Saros made 28 saves for Nashville, losers of three straight.
Nashville entered Saturday with the NHL’s 28th ranked power play, clicking at just 16.7% and not having scored a man-advantage goal in the last four games. Josi scored a power-play goal at 15:23 of the first on Nashville’s first power play of the game, his team-leading sixth power-play goal of the season.
Okposo’s shorthanded goal was the fourth shorthanded goal allowed by the Predators this season.
“I think we felt good going into the third, obviously had a lot of momentum,” Josi said. “Gave up one on the power play, the shorthanded goal, which was the tiebreaker. That can’t happen on the power play, when you have a chance to score. If you can’t score, get some momentum. Can’t get scored on.”
Nashville defenseman Alexandre Carrier missed Saturday night’s game due to an upper-body injury. The Predators indicated the injury is unlikely to keep Carrier out of the lineup long term.
Roland McKeown was recalled from Milwaukee of the AHL earlier Saturday and played on the team’s third defensive pairing.