Rasmus Dahlin, Jack Quinn and others give glimpse of Sabres’ future in loss

BUFFALO – Sabres rookie Jack Quinn scored his first NHL goal Thursday, a lethal wrist shot he wired under the crossbar from the right circle, four minutes after defenseman Rasmus Dahlin’s highlight-reel goal opened the scoring.

Dahlin, who slickly moved in from the point to score, created Quinn’s goal by deftly feeding him a between-the-legs backhand pass.

Early in the second period, center Dylan Cozens put the Sabres up two goals, zooming through the slot before lifting a nifty backhander over goalie Braden Holtby. Quinn registered his first assist on Cozens goal.

Dahlin, who turns 22 on April 13, is the oldest of the Sabres’ first three goal scorers in Thursday’s 5-4 loss to the Dallas Stars.

The Sabres possess a wealth of elite young talent. Winger Alex Tuch, 25, scored their other goal, his eighth point in eight games this season. If their group keeps developing, they could morph into a playoff team in a year or two.

But right now, the Sabres are still a raw, rebuilding team that ranks among the NHL’s bottom-feeders.

In Thursday’s loss, they blew three leads and lost for the league-high eighth time this season when leading after two periods. They allowed four power-play goals and 47 shots on net before a crowd of 7,808 fans inside KeyBank Center.

The Sabres have dropped nine straight home games (0-7-2), their last win coming Nov. 26.

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