Sabres 3, Predators 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Brian Holzinger scored the winning goal with 5:13 left and Dominik Hasek made 36 saves, as the Buffalo Sabres defeated the Nashville Predators 3-1 Saturday night for their fourth straight victory.
Holzinger connected from the slot, breaking a 1-1 tie. He poked a shot past Nashville goaltender Eric Fichaud, who did the splits but could not reach the puck.
Erik Rasmussen added an insurance goal into an empty net.
A power-play goal by Nashville’s Cliff Ronning’s early in the third period had tied the game at 1.
Ronning was unguarded near the right post when he got a loose puck off the skate of Sabres defenseman Jay McKee. It was the first goal allowed by Hasek in 138 minutes and 52 seconds.
Buffalo’s Michal Grosek opened the scoring on the rebound of Darryl Shannon’s shot over Fichaud’s glove early in the second period. It was the ninth of the season for Grosek.
The first-year expansion Predators outshot the Sabres 37-28 but dropped their third straight. Top goaltender Mike Dunham, who has all nine Nashville wins, missed his second consecutive game with a groin strain.
Hasek, who has started all 22 Buffalo games, stopped Nashville’s Tom Fitzgerald in the first period on a 2-on-1 and again in the third period on a point-blank opportunity.
An apparent goal by Nashville’s Denny Lambert 13:34 into the second period was reversed by video replay judge Bob Sloan. The goal light came on, but Sloan ruled that the play was inconclusive because he had never seen the puck cross the goal line. Hasek appeared to have stopped the shot on the line with his right pad.
Nashville defenseman Bob Boughner played his 200th NHL game. The first 177 came with the Sabres.