EDMONTON — Jack Eichel had a goal and three assists and Ryan O’Reilly scored twice as the Buffalo Sabres earned an easy 5-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.
Sam Reinhart had a goal and two assists and Zemgus Girgensons also scored for the Sabres (13-26-9), who won their second game in a row for just the second time the season. The first time they won back-to-back games this season was Oct. 21 to 24. Robin Lehner made 33 saves to earn his second shutout of the season.
Cam Talbot started in net and stopped 18-of-22 shots in 31:32 of work before Al Montoya turned aside 11-of-12 in relief for the Oilers (21-24-3), who had a three-game winning streak snapped.
It was the sixth time this season that Edmonton has been shut out.
The game’s first goal didn’t come until there were five minutes left in the first period as Buffalo’s Reinhart tipped a Rasmus Ristolainen power-play point shot that hit Oilers goalie Cam Talbot and trickled across the goal line before he could get back to fish it out.
The Sabres outshot Edmonton 15-8 in the opening period.
Buffalo benefitted from a sloppy start to the second by Edmonton to make it 2-0 as O’Reilly scored his 12th of the season on a rebound just 17 seconds into the period.
The Sabres padded their lead 6:30 into the second as a puck caromed in off of Girgensons’s skate and into the net on a two-on-one break.
They made it 4-0 with another power-play goal 12 minutes into the second as Eichel rifled a shot into the top corner. Montoya came in to replace Talbot after the goal.
The Sabres added yet another power-play goal against Edmonton’s worst home penalty killing unit before the second period was over, O’Reilly’s second of the game.
There was no scoring in the third.
Both teams return to action on Thursday, as the Oilers play host to the Calgary Flames. The Sabres head to Vancouver to face the Canucks.
Notes: It was the final of two meetings this season between the two teams, with the Sabres winning the previous encounter 3-1 on Nov. 24 in Buffalo… The Oilers were without Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (ribs), while Buffalo didn’t have the services of Zach Bogosian (lower body) or Josh Gorges (illness).