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Bad goals gnaw at Sabres' Ullmark despite 42-save night

Linus Ullmark had no desire to talk about the big saves he made. He said they didn’t mean anything, even the point-blank ones late in the third period.

He cared only about the easy shots he missed.

The Sabres goaltender had an up-and-down night during Tuesday's 5-4 shootout loss in Detroit. The rookie made a career-high 42 saves and stopped Pavel Datsyuk and Gustav Nyquist in the shootout. But he knows he could have stopped the game from even reaching the extra session.

Justin Abdelkader beat Ullmark between the pads with 6:29 remaining to tie the game, 4-4.

“If I would have been good I would have taken the fourth shot and we would have had a 4-3 win in the bag,” Ullmark said.

Giving up one bad goal can eat at a goalie. Ullmark had three gnawing on him, including Tomas Tatar’s backhand that found the net on Detroit’s first shot.

“It was three bad goals,” said Ullmark, who was asked what made them bad. “Just my execution on the goals.”

The setback dropped the goaltender to 0-3-2 in his last five decisions. He hasn’t won since beating Florida on Nov. 12 and has a .891 save percentage in the span. Overall, he is 4-5-2 with a .916 save percentage and 2.64 goals-against average.

“You see the guys battling their” butts “off and they score two early goals and you have a lead and then you’re letting in one of those bad goals and you know you’ve done that two other times during the game, of course you’re frustrated,” Ullmark said. “It just” stinks.

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