Luukkonen shines in goal for Sabres in win over Pittsburgh

Ukko-Pekka Luukonen made 32 saves in a 3-1 win for Buffalo
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Buffalo, N.Y. (WGR 550) - Ukko-Pekka Lukkonen made 32 saves, while three different players scored for the Buffalo Sabres in their 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday afternoon at KeyBank Center.

Buffalo outshot Pittsburgh, 12-11, in the opening 20 minutes, but neither team was able to score. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen stopped all 11 Penguins shot in the first period, while Tristan Jarry kept all of the Sabres' 12 shots out of the net.

The lone power play of the first period went to the Sabres midway through the frame. Xavier Ouellet was penalized for cross-checking, but Pittsburgh was able to kill it off.

Victor Olofsson broke the scoreless tie midway through the middle period to give the Sabres a 1-0 lead. Dylan Cozens made a cross-ice pass that helped set up the scoring chance. Cozens and Peyton Krebs were credited with the assists on the game's first goal.

Tage Thompson doubled Buffalo's lead with just over a minute to go in the middle stanza. Chase Priskie was credited with the only assist on the goal that made it 2-0 Sabres through 40 minutes.

Pittsburgh was finally able to beat Luukkonen with just 1:36 to go in regulation. Drake Caggiula was able to backhand a shot into the net with an extra attacker on the ice. The goal came on Pittsburgh's 11th shot of the period to bring the team within a goal, 2-1.

However, Jack Quinn was able to score on an empty net with less than a minute remaining in regulation to extend the lead for the Sabres back to a pair of goals, 3-1.

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GAME RECAP

Scoring Summary:

First Period:
BUF: NONE
PIT: NONE

Second Period:
BUF: 12:14 - Victor Olofsson (1) (Dylan Cozens, Peyton Krebs); 18:22 - Tage Thompson (1) (Chase Priskie)
PIT: NONE

Third Period:
BUF: 19:37 - Jack Quinn (1) ENG (Tage Thompson, Victor Olofsson)
PIT: 18:24 - Drake Caggiula (1) (Valtteri Puustinen, Kasperi Kapanen)

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Penalty Summary:

First Period:
BUF: 8:02 - Jeremy Davies (Slashing - 2 min.)
PIT: 8:02 - Nathan Lagare (Slashing - 2 min.); 10:48 - Xavier Ouellet (Cross-checking - 2 min.)

Second Period:
BUF: 7:02 - Anders Bjork (Cross-checking - 2 min.); 15:15 - JJ Peterka (Slashing - 2 min.)
PIT: 7:27 - Radim Zohorna (High sticking - 2 min.); 10:09 - Radim Zohorna (Holding - 2 min.)

Third Period:
BUF: 15:30 - Vinnie Hinostroza (2 min., holding)
PIT: 3:12 - Corey Andonovski (High sticking - 2 min.); 8:25 - Drake Caggiula (Holding - 2 min.); 12:58 - Corey Andonovski (Hooking - 2 min.)

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STATS OF THE GAME:

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Photo credit Losi and Gangi

Losi and Gangi Three Stars of the Game:

1. Ukko-Pekka Luukknonen
2. Tage Thompson
3. Victor Olofsson

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What's next:

The Sabres will host the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday for the team's final home preseason game at KeyBank Center. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. ET on the radio home of the Sabres - WGR Sports Radio 550.

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