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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- For the first time in a month, the Nashville Predators skated off home ice with two points in their collective hip pockets.

Rookie centers Colton Sissons and Calle Jarnkrok each scored their first NHL goals in a four-goal first period on Thursday night as Nashville posted its first win in Bridgestone Arena since Feb. 27, drilling the Buffalo Sabres 6-1.

Defenseman Shea Weber added two goals, giving him 20 in a season for the second time in his NHL career, as the Predators (32-31-11) snapped a six-game losing streak at home. Goaltender Carter Hutton (17-11-4) stopped 32 shots to post the win.

It was the 11th loss in 13 games for Buffalo (20-45-8), which fell to 8-25-3 on the road and have scored a league-low 139 goals in 73 games.

Sissons started the scoring at 6:26 of the first period, jumping on the rebound of left winger Rich Clune's shot and swatting it past goalie Matt Hackett. Center Colin Wilson upped the lead to 2-0 at 11:44 with a point-blank backhander from the slot.

Nine seconds later, Jarnkrok one-timed a pass from left winger Gabriel Bourque over Hackett's right shoulder. A 22-year old Swede who was acquired from Detroit on March 5 in the David Legwand trade, Jarnkrok has scored in his first four NHL games.

Weber upped the lead to 4-0 at 19:17 with a power play goal off a setup from center Matt Cullen. Nashville was skating five-on-three after the Sabres picked up minor penalties eight seconds apart for too many men on the ice and delay of game.

Hackett (1-2-0) was lifted after the first period for Nathan Lieuwen and Buffalo derived a temporary spark at the beginning of the second period. Defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen got the Sabres on the board at 2:06 with a slapper from the right faceoff circle, his second goal of the season.

Weber restored a four-goal advantage at 6:19, teeing up defenseman Roman Josi's pass and ripping a slapper by Lieuwen.

Left winger Eric Nystrom capped the scoring at 19:20 of the third period with a wrister from the slot, his 14th goal of the season, off Clune's second assist in the game.

NOTES: Buffalo called up D Rasmus Ristolainen and LW Johan Larsson from Rochester of the AHL on an emergency basis. The Sabres had eight scratches on Thursday night, six because of injury. ... The Predators played penalty-free hockey in a 5-4 loss on Tuesday night against Colorado, the first time they have done it since Jan. 21, 2010, in Phoenix. ... The Sabres have turned their roster over by 50 percent since the season started in October. Just nine players who dressed for the opener are still with the team. ... Nashville LW Gabriel Bourque drew an assist in the first period, marking the fourth straight game in which he has scored.
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