Sabres outlast Sharks in OT


The Buffalo Sabres continue their undefeated streak at home and sweep the home and home series with San Jose tonight at KeyBank Center. Another back and forth game was ended in overtime by the captain Jack Eichel to cap off the come from behind win.

“When we came out tonight we didn’t have the start we wanted… I think it says a lot about this group that we have the resiliency to come back.” – Jack Eichel

Buffalo went down early to an aggressive and desperate Sharks team. Dylan Gambrell and Marc-Edouard Vlasic struck early and put emphasis on the hard pressure San Jose was applying throughout the first period. Erik Karlsson would be the only other Shark to find the back of the net the rest of the night, tying things up midway through the third period. Carter Hutton fought of the remainder of the Sharks’ pressure, stopping 25 of 28 shots for a 0.892 save percentage and maintaining his undefeated streak at 6-0-0.

The remainder of the game went Buffalo’s way with nearly twice as many hits and blocks and a great presence in the faceoff circle, winning more than 55% of the time. Eichel opened up the scoring and assisted Sam Reinhart to tie it up late in the second period. Jeff Skinner was also the recipient of an assist from the Captain early in the third to take the lead. Eichel ended the night with four points, including a game-winning goal.

This win puts Buffalo at 5-0-0 at home and 8-1-1 overall, putting them atop the NHL. They are not without their faults, as displayed early in this game, but they are playing well as a team and fighting hard throughout the game. The Sabres special teams continue to play a big role in shifting momentum, going 1/4 on the power play and shutting down the San Jose power play unit by killing off both penalties tonight.

“Everyone’s good, everyone’s rooting for each other, so we’re trying to just fight for the wins and play as a team.” – Marco Scandella

San Jose earned a point tonight but ultimately fall to 3-5-1 which drops them to 23rd in the league and near the bottom of their division. Martin Jones played well, stopping 25 of 29 for a 0.862 save percentage. The rest of the Sharks roster was successful in their pressure, leading the game in takeaways, but lost every other major statistical area. They will stay on the road for game two of a five game road trip and try to return to the win column against Montreal on Thursday night.

Buffalo goes back on the road to Madison Square Garden on Thursday night to face the New York Rangers (2-4-1) at 7:00 PM.

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)---


Cory Hubbard
Cory Hubbard
I am a lifelong Buffalo hockey fan living in Boston, MA, where I moved after graduation from the Rochester Institute of Technology. I have played hockey my whole life and love bringing my passion for Buffalo hockey together with my knowledge and love of the game.
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