The Sabres started slowly in the game as Minnesota dominated possession and scored two quick goals, including a gorgeous wrist shot by Zach Parise that beat Linus Ullmark. Buffalo found their composure with Jake McCabe getting the Sabres on the board late in the first period to make it 2-1.
Jack Eichel continued his hot play with two assists in the game, including a great no-look backhanded pass to Jason Pominville on the game-wining goal with 1:30 to go. Eichel now has 22 points in 20 games and is on pace for 90 points for the year.
Ullmark made some incredibly athletic saves throughout to keep Buffalo in the game. Buffalos’ goaltending this year has been very dependable and timely to help keep the team in the game when they had their backs against the wall. Buffalo was outshot 39 to 29, but it was the first period when Minnesota really had the advantage and Ullmark kept the Sabres in the game.
This is the Sabres 5th win in a row and their first five-game win streak since March 2012. The Sabres have showed a willingness to compete and not give up when down all season which has been reflected on this winning streak. The Sabres have come back in four of the five games they’ve won during this streak.
Unlike the previous two games in which Buffalo seemed to weather the storm throughout the game, Buffalo controlled the last two periods after a slow start. That is an impressive thing considering they were playing their second game in a row.
They return to action Monday against a desperate Pittsburgh team that has fallen to the bottom of the Eastern Conference.