Stars beat Sabres in shut-out
The Dallas Stars beat the Buffalo Sabres 2-0 on Tuesday night at KeyBank Center, thanks in part to another outstanding performance from goaltender Ben Bishop. Bishop, who made 35 saves on the night, was recording his third straight shut-out for the stars, and becomes only the third goaltender in the franchise’s history to pull off that feat, after Cesare Maniago and Ed Belfour.
He also extended his career-high shut-out streak to 204:20, the second longest in the history of the Stars.
Speaking about his feat after the game, Bishop emphasised that winning the games for the Stars was the focus and that he had been well supported by his defence:
“The guys are doing a great job in front of me, big blocks at important times, big penalty kills, and then a couple of posts. Things are going my way right now, just try to ride the high as long you can."
Two goals from Roope Hintz secured the Stars’ victory. They are currently fourth in the Central Division, two points behind the St. Louis Blues, though they are big outsiders to win the section with sports betting companies. They also hold the first Wild Card qualification spot in the West, though they face tough competition from the Arizona Coyotes, who trail them by two points, and the Minnesota Wild, who are just a point further back.
For the Sabres, Linus Ullmark came up with 25 saves, but that wasn’t enough to stop Buffalo from losing their fifth game in a row. It was also the second in a row in which they had been shut out, and it leaves them way off the pace in the race for the second Wild Card spot in the East, as they trail the Columbus Blue Jackets by 12 points.
After a goalless first period, rookie Hintz scored at 7:29 in the second with an accurate shot from a tough angle. He added a second at 13:12 on a power play with an impressive effort through traffic from above the left face-off circle. The Sabres offered little offensively, though they were hampered by the absence of centre Jack Eichel, who was serving the first of a two-game suspension. Next up for Buffalo is a tough encounter with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday, while Dallas head to Minnesota on the same night.
Words: Stijn Janssen