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Luukkonen stops 33 shots, Greenway scores twice in Buffalo Sabres 7-0 rout of Los Angeles Kings

Tue, Feb 13, 2024
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Luukkonen stops 33 shots, Greenway scores twice in Buffalo Sabres 7-0 rout of Los Angeles Kings

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen stopped 33 shots for his fourth career shutout and Jordan Greenway scored twice and added an assist to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 7-0 rout of the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.

Rasmus Dahlin, JJ Peterka and Alex Tuch had a goal and assist apiece to help the Sabres snap a three-game home skid in which they combined to score three times. Kyle Okposo and Zach Benson also scored in an outing the slow-starting Sabres flipped the script by scoring the opening goal for the first time in eight outings, and holding a lead after 20 minutes for the first time in 11.

The seven goals were the most by Buffalo since a 9-3 win over Toronto on Dec. 21.

Luukkonen's best stop came during a Kings power-play chance with 4 minutes left in the second period, when he lunged to his left to stop Adrian Kempe's one-timer from the right circle.

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The shutout was Luukkonen's fourth this season, the most in one year by a Sabres goalie since Ryan Miller had six in 2011-12.

The Kings were flat and sloppy through most of an outing in which they provided little support for goalie David Rittich, who finished with 12 saves. The seven goals against were a season high for the Kings who entered the day having allowed 127 goals, the second-fewest in the NHL. It was the most goals they had given up since a 9-8 overtime loss to Seattle on Nov. 29, 2022.

Coming off a 4-0 win over Edmonton in interim coach Jim Hiller's debut on Saturday, Los Angeles fell back into the inconsistencies that led to the team firing Todd McLellan. Los Angeles dropped to 4-9-6 in its past 19.

Peterka opened the scoring 4:25 in when his initial shot from the slot was stopped by Rittich, but the puck leaked out behind the goalie. Peterka circled the net and swept in his own rebound.

Greenway scored 12 minutes later by intercepting Drew Doughty's ill-advised pass through the middle of his own zone. Okposo scored a power-play goal by deflecting in Dylan Cozens' shot with 35 seconds left in the first.

Buffalo scored twice in the second period and added two in the third, leaving the crowd chanting, "We want eight!"

The outing marked just the 11th time this season Buffalo has held a lead after the first period, improving to 10-0-1 in that category. Only the San Jose Sharks have had fewer games - they began the day 5-2-2 - with a lead after 20 minutes.


Kings: Continue four-game road trip at the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.

Sabres: Close a four-game homestand against the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.


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