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The Wraparound: Stars 5, Sabres 1

DALLAS – That was ugly.

Goaltender Robin Lehner had a terrible outing, which led to another forgettable game for the Sabres. Dallas pounced on Lehner's early mistakes and put a Texas-sized beating on Buffalo with a 5-1 victory.

The Sabres faced a 4-0 deficit with just 12:51 off the clock Saturday. Dallas needed only eight shots to bury Buffalo in the early hole.

Lehner lasted only 10:27 before getting yanked. He allowed three goals on seven shots, a save percentage of just .571.

It was the second time in nine starts this season that Lehner got pulled. He gave up four goals in 27 minutes against the New York Islanders in the second game of the year.

The Sabres fell to 1-3 in their last four games and 4-8-2 on the season.

Losing continues: The Sabres have dropped six straight games in Dallas. They haven't won in American Airlines Center since a 5-4 shootout victory Jan. 15, 2009.

Missed connection: Buffalo was in a 1-0 hole with 3:09 gone. Lehner went behind the net to play the puck, and he missed defenseman Matt Tennyson with the pass. The Stars' Antoine Roussel fired from the left boards, and Lehner knocked down the shot. Remi Elie immediately pounced on the rebound and pushed it past Lehner.

Tennyson was minus-3 for the game and is minus-8 this season.

Shooting from the hip: Gemel Smith set up the Stars' second goal with a nimble move. Smith streaked down the right side of the Sabres' zone, and defenseman Jake McCabe lined him up for a hip check. Smith squeaked by and put a soft toss on net.

Lehner failed to handle it, and Radek Faksa was all alone in front to bury the botch with 7:07 off the clock.

Farewell: Lehner headed for the dressing room with 10:27 gone. The Stars used a fast-break three-on-two to take a 3-0 lead. The trailer on the play, Stephen Johns, tapped the ice to call for the puck, and he ripped the pass into the top corner.

Power play rolls on: Dallas entered the game with the NHL's best power play at 30.8 percent. It connected on its first chance. The Stars worked the puck to Tyler Seguin at the left faceoff dot, and he fired a one-timer past replacement goalie Chad Johnson with 7:09 left in the first.

Seguin is a longtime torturer of the Sabres. He has 11 goals and 23 points in 24 games against Buffalo.

Seven in a row: Arizona scored the final three goals of Thursday's game and Dallas scored the opening four Saturday, making it seven straight allowed by Buffalo. The goals came in a span of just 20:40.

O'Reilly sticks with it: Ryan O'Reilly finally slowed the onslaught with 8:09 left in the second period. The puck stayed near the faceoff dot after a draw, and O'Reilly reached into the pile to pull it to himself. He quickly fired a shot that slipped under the arm of Stars netminder Kari Lehtonen.

O'Reilly has five goals and 11 points in the last nine games.

Running circles around Sabres: The Stars penned Buffalo in its own zone late in the second, keeping the puck long enough to make a line change. Left wing Antoine Roussel buzzed into an open area of the slot, and the gassed Sabres couldn't keep up as he deflected John Klingberg's pass into the net with 1:10 left.

Useless stat: The Sabres had a 19-13 shot edge through two periods.

Defense swaps: With Rasmus Ristolainen out because of an upper-body injury, the Sabres changed their defense pairs. Marco Scandella skated with Justin Falk. McCabe was paired with Tennyson. Victor Antipin shared the blue line with Taylor Fedun, who played for the first time in four games.

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Bailey still out: Right wing Justin Bailey missed his second straight game with a lower-body injury. He skated on his own after the Sabres wrapped up their morning skate.

Nick Baptiste was the Sabres' healthy scratch for the second game in a row.

Counting the house: The Stars announced 18,236 tickets sold. One was to a Sabres fan who flew in from Scotland. Greig Saunders said the Sabres are 6-17-4 at the games he's attended.

Next: The Sabres host high-scoring Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night. Ovechkin scored his 11th goal of the year Saturday night during a 3-2 victory over Boston.

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