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Kraken edge Sabres for 6th straight win

Jan 10, 2023; Buffalo, New York, USA;  Buffalo Sabres goaltender Eric Comrie (31) makes a save on Seattle Kraken center Alex Wennberg (21) during the first period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Schultz, Matty Beniers and Jordan Eberle each had a goal and an assist to lift the Seattle Kraken to a 4-3 win over the host Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday.

Yanni Gourde also scored, Andre Burakovsky had two assists and Philipp Grubauer made 32 saves for the Kraken, who won their sixth straight game.

Alex Tuch had two goals and Rasmus Dahlin had a goal and an assist for Buffalo, while Jeff Skinner and Dylan Cozens each had two assists. Eric Comrie made 18 saves for the Sabres, who dropped their second straight game.

Beniers broke a 2-2 tie at the 1:06 mark of the third period when Comrie failed to make a clean save off Vince Dunn’s shot from the point after getting a pass from Burakovsky. Beniers pounced on the loose puck near the goal line and swatted it into the back of the net.

Schultz made it a two-goal game when he blasted a shot from the slot by Comrie off Beniers’ pass at the 5:17 mark, with Eberle also assisting.

Buffalo pulled to within 4-3 on Tuch’s second goal of the game off assists from Dahlin and Cozens with 22 seconds remaining, but the Sabres didn’t get another shot.

The Sabres took a 1-0 lead at the 9:56 mark of the first period. After getting a pass from Skinner, Tage Thompson drove toward the goal before sliding the puck across the goalmouth to Tuch, who one-timed it past Grubauer.

Seattle tied the game on the power play when Eberle deflected Burakovsky’s shot from the point past Comrie with 1:08 left in the period.

Buffalo regained the lead at the 5:12 mark of the second period on the power play when Dahlin took a pass from Skinner and wristed a shot past Grubauer, with Cozens also assisting.

Seattle countered when Gourde swatted Justin Schultz’s centering pass past Comrie at the 8:59 mark of the period, with Olivier Bjorkstrand also assisting.

The Kraken conclude their season-long seven-game road trip against the Boston Bruins on Thursday and the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday before returning home to face the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Sabres finish their three-game homestand against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday before visiting the Nashville Predators on Saturday.

–Field Level Media