The Buffalo season is remembered for the recent 18-loss losing streak, but since then, the young promises have been given a lot of responsibility and Sabres ’grips have picked up.
One stimulus injection has been Arttu Ruotsalainen.
On Saturday morning, the Swede scored his fourth NHL goal in two weeks as Buffalo knocked down Boston 6-4 at home.
At the beginning of the final round, the Swede fired a 4-1 shot into the home team with a whistling wrist shot in front of which Tuukka Rask was powerless.
Oulu now has a 4 + 0 power for nine NHL matches.
After the Swedish goal, Rask made room for Jaroslav Halak with his goal.
Boston still ran to the end of the goal, but Sam Reinhart solved the hat trick with his sealed goal to empty the final numbers 6–4.
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen played the first NHL match of his career with Buffalo's goal.
The debut was handsome.
The 36-game winning game brought Luukkonen the choice as a three-star match.
Team friend Rasmus Ristolainen gave Buffalo's 22-year-old Veskari's promise in his debut a bit of an extra challenge, as two of Boston's final goals were bounced behind Luukkonen via Ristolainen.
Luukkonen already became the 59th Finnish player of the season and the 13th goalkeeper in the NHL.
Both are record readings.
Luukkonen was also the first Buffalo goalkeeper since his NHL debut since Mika Noronen (2000).
Buffalo Sabers – Boston Bruins 6–4 (1–1, 2–0, 3–3) Bu: Arttu Ruotsalainen 1 + 0, Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen 36/40 ref.
Bo: Tuukka Rask 24/28 fight.
and 0 + 1.
NY Rangers – Philadelphia Flyers 4–1 (2–1, 0–0, 2–0) N: Kaapo Kakko 0 + 1
Chicago Blackhawks – Nashville Predators 1–3 (0–0, 0–2, 1–1) N: Erik Haula 1 + 0, Mikael Granlund 0 + 1, Eeli Tolvanen 0 + 1, Juuse Saros 29/30 ref.
Calgary Flames – Montreal Canadiens x – x (2–2, 0–0, x – x) M: Joel Armia 1 + 0
Los Angeles Kings – Minnesota Wild x – x (1–1, 0–1, x – x)