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Thursday, November 26, 2015
ENP STAFF REPORTS
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BUFFALO -- After falling behind 3-0 to the Nashville Predators, the Buffalo Sabres attempted a comeback, but fell short, losing 3-2 Wednesday night.

Evander Kane and Jack Eichel scored late-period goals in the second and third periods, respectively, in the losing effort.

Nashville goals came from Mike Fisher -- at 13:52 of the first period, assisted by Colin Wilson and Ryan Ellis; Craig Smith -- 55 seconds into the second period, assisted by Mattias Ekholkm; and former Buffalo Sabre Cody Hodson -- at 6:29 of the second period, assisted by Gabriel Bourque and Calle Jarnkrok.

Sabres goals were scored by Kane -- at 18:22 of the second period, assisted by Rasmus Ristolainen and Josh Gorges; and Eichel -- at 18:41 of the third period, assisted by Ryan O'Reilly and Zach Bogosian.

The Sabres faced only 20 shots on the night with starting goaltender Linus Ullmark allowing three goals on only eight shots. Chad Johnson came into replace him, stopping all 12 shots he faced.

The Sabres, now 8-12-2), have lost six straight games.

NOTES: 

  • With his goal Wednesday night, Evander Kane now has a point in each of his last five games against the Predators (1+4).
  • Jack Eichel scored his seventh goal of the season and his sixth at First Niagara Center.
  • Ryan O'Reilly tallied an assist on Eichel's goal, giving him a point in his fourth consecutive game against Nashville (1+3).
  • After stopping all 12 shots he faced in relief, Chad Johnson has now stopped 33 of 33 shots in two career appearances against the Predators. His other appearance was his first NHL shutout on Jan. 28, 2013 and came as a member of the Phoenix Coyotes.
  • With a corsi for percentage of 78.8% at even strength (26 attempts for, 7 against), Evander Kane led all skaters and posted the seventh best CF% of his career. It was his best since his career-best 86.7% on Dec. 7, 2014.
  • Evander Kane recorded 24:34 of ice time, his highest total since Nov. 15, 2014 vs. PHI (25:19).
  • Tyler Ennis missed the game with an upper-body injury.



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