Smith scores twice, Golden Knights beat Sabres 4-2

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Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt, left, defenseman Brayden McNabb (3) and Robin Lehner (90) celebrate after defeating the Buffalo Sabres in an NHL hockey game Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Reilly Smith scored twice, Robin Lehner stopped 32 shots and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-2.

William Karlsson and Nicolas Roy also scored to help Vegas get its franchise-record eighth straight win and open a six-point lead ahead of Vancouver and Edmonton in the Pacific Division — the largest lead in the division by any team this season.

The Golden Knights improved to 12-3-2 under coach Pete DeBoer, and 21-10-4 at home. Carter Hutton finished with 24 saves while Dominik Kahun and Jeff Skinner scored for the Sabres, who are in danger of missing the playoffs for the ninth consecutive season, which would extend the NHL’s longest active playoff drought.

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