Luukkonen gets 1st career shutout as Sabres beat Avalanche 4-0

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 24 saves in his first career shutout and JJ Peterka, Casey Mittelstadt, Tyson Jost, and Rasmus Dahlin scored for the Buffalo Sabres in a 4-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.

Colorado closed a three-game trip with consecutive shutout losses, ending a record NHL streak of 15 wins in a row on the road.

Alexandar Georgiev stopped 25 shots in his second loss for Colorado. Georgiev tied an NHL record with 12 consecutive road victories going into Thursday night’s 4-0 loss in Pittsburgh.

Jeff Skinner had two assists for Buffalo, matching Dahlin for the team lead with nine points. Skinner set up Peterka’s goal midway through the first period, and Mittelstadt’s goal in the opening minutes of the second.

Jost scored his first goal of the season — and first in four games against his former team — giving the Sabres a 3-0 lead at 8:16 into the second period. Dahlin scored into the empty net with 3:08 remaining in the third.

Colorado’s All-Star defenseman Cale Makar returned to the game after sliding into the end boards and going to the dressing room during the second period.

Makar’s right knee was bent under his body during the collision, which came after Makar lost his balance skating toward the net and was pushed from behind by Sabres forward Kyle Okposo. Makar was down on the ice for a few minutes and needed a trainer’s assistance in skating toward the bench. There was no penalty on the play.

The Avalanche were shut out in consecutive games for the first time since December 2016, the season before drafting Makar with the fourth pick.


Avalanche: Host St. Louis on Wednesday night.

Sabres: Visit Philadelphia on Wednesday night.



The Associated Press