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Buffalo drops OT thriller

Sabres handed 4th straight loss after Matthews’ game-winner

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As we were finally seeing the spark of the 10-game winning streak Sabres again, the Maple Leafs ended all hopes of Buffalo snapping their current losing streak. With just 2.7 seconds left in overtime, Auston Matthews sniped the puck, going bar down against Linus Ullmark ending the game, 4-3.

Matthews gave the Leafs the head start after a scoreless first period as he caught a soaring deflection from teammate Ron Hainsey and beat Ullmark with a backhanded wraparound.

Per.TimeEVGoalAssistAssist
25:14PPGJack Eichel (19)Sam Reinhart (38)Jeff Skinner (18)
33:07Jonathan Huberdeau (14)Frank Vatrano (12)Aleksander Barkov (36)
33:50Jayce Hawryluk (4)Vincent Trocheck (16)Evgenii Dadonov (25)
35:42Aleksander Barkov (23)Jonathan Huberdeau (41)Frank Vatrano (13)
316:45Jonathan Huberdeau (15)Aleksander Barkov (37)---
319:52Vladimir Sobotka (4)Zemgus Girgensons (10)Johan Larsson (5)

Sam Reinhart kept up with his hot streak, deflecting a shot from Nathan Beaulieu, scoring the first goal for the Sabres at 14:01 in the second period. After talk of being concerned about Jack Eichel’s lack of scoring this season — entering the night fifth in the NHL with 27 assists and just two goals in his previous 25 games — he ended up scoring two goals both during the third period Tuesday night. Eichel seemed hungry for a hat trick but fell short.

Before the close of the third period, Mitchell Marner sped up with the puck and spun around to make a backhanded pass into the crease. The puck went off Zach Hyman’s skate and John Tavares fed the puck into the slot, where Jake Gardiner flipped it into the net, sending the game into overtime. Toronto goalie Frederik Andersen had a busy night, stopping 38 of 41 Buffalo shots, and has now faced at least 40 shots in each of his past four games.

The Sabres appeared more lively and similar to the team that won ten straight games, outplaying Toronto during the first period with a 14-7 shot advantage. Ullmark made 26 saves and the defense looked a lot better, something Coach Phil Housley and some of the team had talked about adjusting after Monday night’s loss to Nashville.

Buffalo catches a bit of a break as their next game isn’t until Saturday afternoon against the Philadelphia Flyers. The puck will drop at 1 p.m. at KeyBank Center.

Per.TimePlayerPenaltyMinutes
15:52Vladimir SobotkaHooking2:00
113:22Rasmus RistolainenSlashing2:00
116:38Vincent TrocheckSlashing2:00
24:35Frank VatranoHolding2:00
26:57Rasmus DahlinTripping2:00
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