Carter Hutton made a few great saves to keep his team in it early, including a highlight reel glove save on Mikko Rantanen.
Then the Sabres found themselves in penalty trouble. Tyson Jost tipped a point shot from Tyson Barrie past Hutton to make it 1-0 in favor of the visitors. Just a few minutes later on another power play, the Avalanche increased their lead on a goal from Colin Wilson.
It seems that adding Johan Larsson into the lineup did not help the penalty kill.
Just over three minutes later Colorado took a commanding 3-0 lead. This goal came off the stick of Carl Soderberg who found some more space in the slot to beat Hutton.
The Sabres got some momentum going on a late power play and looked to get themselves back in the game off a nice play from Jack Eichel to Kyle Okposo. However, the Avalanche challenged for goalie interference and the goal was overturned.
After 20 minutes the shots were even at 11, but the Avs held a 3-0 lead.
They turned things around a little in the second, but it still wasn’t nearly good enough defensively. Struggles continued for players like Casey Nelson and Jake McCabe.
We did get a look at Skinner on the wing with Casey Mittelstadt, but after one shift that was the end of that.
Buffalo had a few power play opportunities, in the period as well, but were unable to capitalize.
Eventually, Nathan Beaulieu got the Sabres on the board by squeezing a point shot through Semyon Varlamov. Rasmus Dahlin picked up his first NHL point on the play.
The Sabres found themselves back in the game, but only for 30 seconds. A Marco Scandella pass deflected off an official in the corner and eventually ended up on the stick of Nathan MacKinnon who made it 4-1.
That’s how things stood after 40 minutes.
We didn’t get much more out of the third period. The Sabres had a few more opportunities with the man advantage, but ended up 0-7 on the night.
A few more breakdowns in the final minutes allowed Alex Kerfoot and MacKinnon to each get breakaways from the red line in, both scoring bar down.
Rough way to end the home stand and the Sabres are headed out West for a five-game road trip.
Final: Avalanche 6, Sabres 1
Shots on Goal: Avalanche 30 | Sabres 31
Sabres Goals: Nathan Beaulieu (1)
Avalanche Goals: Tyson Jost (1), Colin Wilson (3), Carl Soderberg (3), Nathan MacKinnon (4,5) and Alex Kerfoot (1)
Three Stars of the Game
1. Nathan MacKinnon (2 G)
2. Mikko Rantanen (3 A)
3. Tyson Barrie (2 A)