Skinner scores twice, Sabres end Predators five-game winning streak

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NASHVILLEJeff Skinner scored two goals and the Buffalo Sabres won for the first time in seven games, 4-1 against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday.

Skinner’s goals gave him 500 NHL points (278 goals, 222 assists) in 807 games. Aaron Dell made 29 saves in his first win for the Sabres (11-19-6), playing in his eighth game this season.

Juuse Saros made 17 saves and Matt Duchene scored for the Predators (24-12-2), whose winning streak ended at five games. The Predators had gone 12-1-1 in their previous 14 games.

Dell had been recalled Wednesday from Rochester of the American Hockey League after injuries to goalies Craig Anderson (upper body), Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (lower body) and Malcolm Subban (upper body). Dustin Tokarski is in COVID-19 protocol.

Mark Jankowski scored at 14:30 of the first period to make it 1-0 Sabres. It was his first goal with Buffalo. Mark Pysyk‘s shot from the point deflected off Jankowski on the way to Saros. When Nashville defenseman Matt Benning tried to clear the puck from the crease, it bounced off Saros’ pads and in.

Duchene tied it 1-1 at 13:12 of the second period, scoring his third power play goal in two games. Duchene slapped a bouncing puck in the slot, after Dell stopped a shot from Roman Josi.

Skinner made it 2-1 at 18:18 of the second period with his 12th goal of the season. It came on the power play, after Skinner settled the rebound of Dylan Cozens‘ shot.

Skinner scored his second goal at 7:59 of the third period, making it 3-1 on a breakaway after Josi and Philippe Myers became tangled at center ice.

Vinnie Hinostroza scored an empty-net goal at 18:46 to make it 4-1.  

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