Sabres drop another in OT

A fantastic second period and overtime weren’t enough for the Sabres as they once again quickly lost control Saturday evening against the Vancouver Canucks.

After a slow first half of the first period, Vancouver (15-11-4) struck first with a goal scored by Josh Leivo at 12:57, assisted by teammates Jordie Benn and Troy Stecher.

In the second period, Vancouver continued to lead Buffalo as Antoine Roussel scored at 3:07. Buffalo (13-11-6) bounced back and scored their first at 5:24, goal by Kyle Okposo assisted by Johan Larsson and Jeff Skinner. This was Okposo’s first game back after suffering a concussion 11 games back. A little over a minute later, Sam Reinhart tied it up for Buffalo with the assist from Rasmus Ristolainen and Victor Olofsson. A little back and forth happened, starting with a Canuck’s goal scored by Josh Leivo assisted by Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser, at 17:11 and a Sabres ‘tic-tac-toe’ power-play goal at 19:16 scored by Victor Olofsson assisted by Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart.

Vancouver returned back on top early in the third with a short-handed goal from Tyler Myers, his first of the season. The Canucks would regain a two-point lead after a goal at 10:40, scored by Antoine Roussel assisted by Jake Virtanen and Troy Stecher. Buffalo was able to gain a one-point deficit at 12:05 with a goal scored by Zemgus Girgensons assisted by Johan Larsson. With less than a minute remaining, the Sabres tied it at 5 each with a goal scored by Marcus Johansson assisted by Rasmus Ristolainen and Jack Eichel.

Heading into overtime, just as Eichel scored, a penalty was served to Henri Jokiharju for interference on Jake Virtanen. Vancouver’s J.T. Miller scored on the power play with just 1:39, ending the Sabres’ hope for a two-point gain.

Eichel dominated in the offensive zone, again, with another three-point night, giving him a twelve game point streak, the longest in NHL history. Carter Hutton made 24 saves. The Sabres head to Edmonton to take on the Oilers Sunday night.

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