Ullmark helps Sabres beat Flyers 6-1, stop 18-game slide

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — Linus Ullmark stopped 31 shots and the Buffalo Sabres snapped an 18-game skid — the NHL’s longest in 17 years — with a 6-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night.

 Defenceman Rasmus Dahlin was the first off the bench as the final horn sounded and led a line of Sabres players high-fiving Ullmark in an arena without fans.

It was the first win for Buffalo since a 4-1 victory at New Jersey on Feb. 23, and ended an 0-15-3 streak. The slump was tied for the league’s 14th longest, and worst since the Pittsburgh Penguins had a 0-17-1 stretch during the 2003-04 season.

Steven Fogarty scored his first career goal and added an assist, and defenceman Brandon Montour sealed the win by scoring short-handed goals 37 seconds apart, the first into an empty net.

Ivan Provorov scored for Philadelphia in the second period. Brian Elliott allowed four goals on 16 shots before he was replaced by Alex Lyon.

MAPLE LEAFS 3, JETS 1

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Auston Matthews scored his NHL-leading 24th goal for Toronto, and goaltender Jack Campbell stayed unbeaten this season.

Zach Hyman and Alex Kerfoot also scored for Toronto. Mitch Marner had two assists for his 13th multipoint game of the season.

Campbell, who missed the Edmonton game Monday with a lower-body injury, made 26 saves. He improved to 7-0-0 on the season.

Josh Morrissey scored for Winnipeg. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 23 shots.

Adding to the Jets woes, captain Blake Wheeler did not play after the first period. There was no immediate word on a reason for his absence.

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