Sabres fall to Blackhawks, remain winless

Updated: October 12, 2013

Chicago, IL ( – Patrick Kane’s power-play goal late in the
second period proved to be the difference, as the Chicago Blackhawks edged the
Buffalo Sabres, 2-1, on Saturday at United Center.

Ben Smith scored once and Corey Crawford stopped 28-of-29 shots for the
defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks, who earned consecutive victories
for the first time this season.

Drew Stafford netted the lone Buffalo goal, while Ryan Miller allowed both
goals on 40 shots for the Sabres, who remained winless through six games this

Buffalo hasn’t gone this far into a season without a win since opening the
1999-2000 season with five losses and two ties.

Smith got the Blackhawks on the board near the midpoint of the first period,
tipping in Brent Seabrook’s point blast to make it 1-0 at 9:26.

After Buffalo’s Rasmus Ristolainen went off for holding with 1:19 left in the
second, Kane doubled Chicago’s cushion less than a minute into the man

Kane’s first shot from the right circle was turned away by Miller, but Patrick
Sharp picked up the rebound, skated around the Buffalo net and made his way
into the lower left circle before feathering a cross-ice feed for Kane, who
ripped a slapper past a sprawling Miller to make it 2-0 with 24.9 ticks left
in the period.

Stafford gave the Sabres some life with 11:49 elapsed in the third, beating
Crawford through the five-hole on a quick wrister from the left circle to
bring Buffalo within one.

However, Crawford was able to keep Buffalo at bay, racking up 12 saves over
the final 20 minutes to keep Chicago in front.

Game Notes

Chicago has won four straight and five of six against Buffalo … Chicago went
1-for-5 on the power play … Buffalo finished 0-for-3 on the man advantage.