Winning streak reaches 10


Although the KeyBank Center crowd rung with “we want 10” chants, this game wasn’t all glitz and glamour. The first period remained scoreless and Buffalo took the lead with an absolute beauty from Rasmus Ristolinen at 14:42.

After Nathan Beaulieu scored Buffalo’s second goal four minutes into the third period, the Sabres lost control of the game — the Sharks not only got on the board, they tied it. Joe Pavelski scored both goals, one at 11:29 and the second on the power play at 16:42, forcing overtime.

15:43Nicklas Backstrom (1)Alex Ovechkin (1)T.J. Oshie (1)
18:48PPGTaylor Hall (1)Victor Olofsson (1)Jack Eichel (1)
110:33PPGT.J. Oshie (1)Alex Ovechkin (2)John Carlson (1)
27:05John Carlson (1)T.J. Oshie (2)Nicklas Backstrom (1)
213:23Brenden Dillon (1)Conor Sheary (1)Lars Eller (1)
218:46Tobias Rieder (1)Dylan Cozens (1)Jake McCabe (1)
30:20Jake McCabe (1)Jack Eichel (2)Tage Thompson (1)
30:46Jakub Vrana (1)------
318:06Victor Olofsson (1)Taylor Hall (1)Sam Reinhart (1)
318:57ENGarnet Hathaway (1)Nick Jensen (1)---

It almost seems like Buffalo wants to force overtime. San Jose’s goaltender, Martin Jones, left the crease grabbing for the loose puck, giving Jeff Skinner the chance to swipe it and snipe a nasty goal 1:41 into overtime — his 19th goal of the season.

Despite the win, Buffalo was outshot 38-31 and killed the first three Sharks power plays, but got lost when Pavelski scored the tying goal. The Sabres themselves only took three shots on goal during their power plays. Carter Hutton continued to keep the Sabres on track, making 36 saves.

Tonight’s win ties with the 1983-84 and 2006-07 seasons for the Sabres longest winning streak in franchise history.

Buffalo will hit the road for a three-game away streak starting in Tampa Bay at 7:30pm Thursday night. Tampa fell to Anaheim tonight, 3-1, meaning Buffalo (17-6-2) sits at first in the entire league.

Abbi Kamano
Abbi Kamano
Penn State Alumni. Faithful & optimistic Sabres fan. On my journey to a full-time hockey career.
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