February 4, 2023


DALLAS — Rookie defenseman Owen Power scored his first goal of the season 56 seconds after overtime and 41-year-old Craig Anderson stopped 29 of 31 shots in his 700th NHL appearance of his career as the Buffalo Sabers defeated the Dallas Stars on Monday night defeated 3-2.

Rasmus Dahlin and Victor Olofsson also scored for the Sabers, who have won three games in a row. The Sabers, seeking their first playoff spot since 2011, moved within three points of the East’s second wildcard position.

Power was eight days old when Anderson made his NHL debut with the Chicago Blackhawks on November 30, 2002.

“You just keep tucking,” said Anderson, who made several close-range saves in the first 10 minutes as Dallas went 1-0 and passed Buffalo 10-0. “Whatever the milestone is, the milestone is. The love for the game is real. It doesn’t feel like it’s been that long.”

“He’s had a lot of years in the NHL and there won’t be many years left in the NHL for him,” Sabers coach Don Granato said of Anderson. “He knows every special moment, and tonight was one of those.”

Power struck from the right circle following a pass from Tage Thompson, who had two assists, seconds after hitting a goal post.

“It’s nice, of course,” said Power, who scored twice in eight games last season. “Hopefully I’ll get more.”

Jamie Benn and Jason Robertson scored for the stars, who had shutouts in their last two. Jake Oettinger made 22 saves. With a point, Dallas moved a point ahead of the Winnipeg Jets to take the lead in the Central Division.

“I’m going to fill the glass half full,” said Stars coach Peter DeBoer. “We played a lot of good hockey and found a way to get an important point.”

Benn opened the scoring with 1:48 and 25 seconds into a power play, with a second try in the far corner of the net after Roope Hintz, who missed Dallas’ previous seven, deflected a skate save before a center pass in games with an upper-body injury.

Dahlin’s one-off roll from the high slot tied the score at 1 midway through the period.

Olofsson converted a 3-on-2 break with a one-timer from the right circle 1:44 into the third period to give Buffalo a 2-1 lead.

Robertson made it 2-0 at 5:58 after collecting a puck on the doorstep that was centered by Joe Pavelski, who assisted on both Dallas goals.

Robertson is fourth in the league with 65 points; Thompson is sixth with 63. Robertson has 32 goals, tied with Thompson and Colorado’s Mikko Rantanen for third in the league.


Referee Furman South had to leave the game early in the second half for medical attention after Buffalo’s Peyton Krebs hit him in the jaw with his racquet. Referee TJ Luxmore went solo, but only for a few minutes before South rejoined him.

The Sabers are 6-3 and the Stars 6-2 in games decided in overtime. … It was Benn’s 19th goal this season, one more than the 2015 Art Ross Trophy winner last season. … Dahlin has a career-high 14 goals this season with 53 points, matching last season’s career-high. The first draft pick of 2018 went into play for the defenders behind Erik Karlsson (62) from San Jose as a selective second.

Sabers: Will go straight on Tuesday against the St. Louis Blues.

Stars: Hosts the Carolina Hurricanes Wednesday in the third of four straight home games going on the All-Star break — followed by four more home games coming from the break.

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