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Sabres lose their first game in regulation

Rather than leaving the first stop of their three-game West Coast road trip with a win, the Sabres blew a two-goal lead with their ugliest period of the season and lost to the Anaheim Ducks, 5-2, in Honda Center.

Anaheim scored five unanswered goals – including three in the second period – led by a pair of goals from Adam Henrique.

Buffalo’s power play, which entered the game No. 1 in the NHL, went just 1-for-8 on Wednesday. In 11:23 of ice time on the man advantage, they managed 7 of their 33 shots on the night.

The Sabres certainly had their opportunities – especially early on – when Jack Eichel and Victor Olofsson scored to give Buffalo an early lead. Anaheim netminder John Gibson was busy early on, but Anaheim turned up the physicality and aggressiveness to put Buffalo on its heels for most of the game.

Linus Ullmark made 26 saves for the Sabres.