Luukkonen wins NHL debut, Sabres end Bruins winning streak at six


BUFFALOUkko-Pekka Luukkonen made 36 saves in his NHL debut, and the Buffalo Sabres ended the Boston Bruins’ six-game winning streak with a 6-4 victory at KeyBank Center on Friday.

Sam Reinhart scored a hat trick, Rasmus Dahlin had a goal and an assist and Mattias Samuelsson had two assists for the Sabres (13-28-7). 

Steven Kampfer had a goal and two assists for the Bruins (27-13-6), who scored three goals in the third period to pull within one. Tuukka Rask allowed four goals on 28 shots before being replaced by Jaroslav Halak early in the third period. Halak allowed one goal on five shots. 

Kampfer gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead when he scored from the high slot off pass from Taylor Hall off the rush at 2:15 of the first period. It was the Bruins’ first shot on goal.

Reinhart tied it 1-1 on the power play on a one-timer from the left circle at 15:40.

Dahlin’s shot from the high slot through a crowd in front of Rask made it 2-1 for the Sabres at 6:54 of the second period. 

Casey Mittelstadt scored from the bottom of the right circle to extend it to 3-1 at 14:17.

Arttu Ruotsalainen made it 4-1 from the high slot at 1:14 of the third period, ending Rask’s night. 

Reinhart beat Halak to a loose puck on the power play to push it to 5-1 at 4:30.

Nick Ritchie poked in a rebound from in front to cut it to 5-2 at 12:06 and Kevan Miller cut into the slot to narrow it to 5-3 at 15:25.

With the net empty, Hall brought the Bruins to within one, 5-4, at 17:12 when his shot from the right circle went in off the stick of Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen in front.

Reinhart scored into an empty net with 42 seconds remaining for the 6-4 final.

Bruins center Patrice Bergeron was a late scratch with a lower-body injury.

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