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Mittelstadt, Nylander net first career goals in wild first period

TAMPA, Fla. – Casey Mittelstadt and Alexander Nylander, the Buffalo Sabres' top draft picks the last two years, scored the first goals of their NHL careers Friday night early in the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Amalie Arena.

Mittelstadt converted with a wrist shot on a power play at 2:57 of the first period while Nylander tipped home a Brendan Guhle shot at 6:57. The score was tied 2-2 through seven wild minutes of play.

Mittelstadt, the top choice last June, was playing in his fifth game and the goal was his fourth point. Nylander, tapped No. 1 in 2016 when the draft was in KeyBank Center, was playing his second game this season and the sixth of his career. The goal was his second point.

According to Elias Sports, Mittelstadt and Nylander are the first pair of Sabres to score their first NHL goals in the same game since Curtis Brown and Wayne Primeau did so on May 3, 1995 vs. New Jersey.

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