Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Total Sabres 1 1 1 3 Rangers 0 0 2 2 Round Shooter Result Shooter Result 1 Jack Eichel ❌ Dylan Larkin 🚨 2 Sam Reinhart ❌ Andreas Athanasiou 🚨
Jeff Skinner provided the prettiest goal of the night, as he executed a beautiful give-and-go weave with Marcus Johansson in the offensive zone, that saw Johansson draw both Arizona defenders to him, allowing his pass to be cleanly one-timed into the net by the diminutive winger. It was Skinner’s 7th of the young season and provided a spark in the arena as the Sabres at that point, had a 2-0 lead.
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From that point though, Arizona carried long stretches of play in the neutral and offensive zones. Considering Arizona came into the game 7th in the NHL in High-Danger Corsi-for Percentage, it’s not surprising that they were able to create dangerous scoring opportunities. Despite that, it was a rather innocuous play that opened the scoring for the visitors.
Per. Time EV Goal Assist Assist 1 5:43 Nicklas Backstrom (1) Alex Ovechkin (1) T.J. Oshie (1) 1 8:48 PPG Taylor Hall (1) Victor Olofsson (1) Jack Eichel (1) 1 10:33 PPG T.J. Oshie (1) Alex Ovechkin (2) John Carlson (1) 2 7:05 John Carlson (1) T.J. Oshie (2) Nicklas Backstrom (1) 2 13:23 Brenden Dillon (1) Conor Sheary (1) Lars Eller (1) 2 18:46 Tobias Rieder (1) Dylan Cozens (1) Jake McCabe (1) 3 0:20 Jake McCabe (1) Jack Eichel (2) Tage Thompson (1) 3 0:46 Jakub Vrana (1) --- --- 3 18:06 Victor Olofsson (1) Taylor Hall (1) Sam Reinhart (1) 3 18:57 EN Garnet Hathaway (1) Nick Jensen (1) ---
Conor Garland corralled the puck on goaltender Carter Hutton’s left and had no other play but to fire it on the short-side. Hutton at first glance appeared to have everything covered, but a small opening between his glove and pad proved to be just enough space for Garland, as he halved the lead.
Jack Eichel and Carl Soderberg each scored power-play goals of their own for their respective clubs as part of the 2-2 tie in regulation.
The overtime period had everything you’d want as a Sabres fan….except a goal. The Sabres hit multiple posts by great shots by Sam Reinhart and Casey Mittelstadt, but could not end this one in the extra session, thus leading to Schmaltz’ game-deciding shoot-out goal. The loss prevented Buffalo from becoming only the second team in franchise history to start the home schedule 6-0.
The loss can’t be handed to Carter Hutton, as he was excellent in net for Buffalo, making 42 saves on 44 shots on net.
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Hutton responded beautifully to the sub-standard effort he and his teammates put on in his last start against the Rangers. It was highly-encouraging seeing his calm, poised demeanor for the majority of the contest.
Though he faced far less rubber, Kuemper was very good for Arizona as well. He dazzled with a right pad save on Johan Larsson, as the Sabres forward was creeping towards the far-post, received a beautiful pass from Kyle Okposo and looked to have a tap-in until Kuemper’s right leg flashed out and made the save. The Coyotes’ netminder was injured on the play but was able to finish.
Up next for Buffalo will be a three-day break, followed up by a Friday night tilt in the Nation’s Capital and a date with the Washington Capitals. The puck will drop at 7 p.m. at Capital One Arena.