Sabres rally late, win in shootout

The Sabres completed the comeback against the New York Rangers and got the 3-2 shootout victory to keep the point streak alive, making it four games in a row. This brings the Sabres record against the Rangers to 2-2-2 this year.

This team has completely shifted gears and has been playing at a much more competitive level and it showed tonight. Going toe-to-toe with the Rangers for a complete game as the shots were 30-29 in favor of New York.

Buffalo failed to score the first goal of the game when Artemi Panarin put New York on the board just halfway through the first period. However, it didn’t take long for the Sabres to catch up when Casey Mittelstadt snipes a beautiful goal past the Rangers goalie just 3 minutes later. It all started with an amazing outlet play from Rasmus Dahlin.

Panarin would score his second of the night with just over 2 minutes remaining in the 2nd period. This would give New York a 2-1 lead going into the final frame. However, the Rangers almost beat the buzzer with a late goal that was just a half-second too late.

With just under 4 minutes remaining in the entire game, Victor Olofsson was able to find the back of the net for his 10th of the year. This would be the 2nd game in a row with Buffalo tying the game late and forcing overtime. The difference was that this game went to the shootout, something that goaltender Linus Ullmark has excelled at this season, now with 12 saves on 13 attempts.

Ullmark stopped all 3 Rangers attempts and Tage Thompson scored in the shootout for Buffalo to get the win and complete the comeback.

The highlight of the game was easily a diving save from Linus Ullmark in the 3rd period to keep things close. He was excellent tonight as he ended the game saving 28-30 shots.

The Sabres will be back in action this Tuesday at 7:00 pm in New Jersey against the Devils. The home-and-home, 2 game-series will wrap things up against New Jersey for the season.

John Krieger
A Buffalo sports fan from birth who has stayed loyal through many tough years. Now living in Buffalo, NY. Producer of the BHC Podcast and would love to be able to report on future Sabres success. Let’s go Buffalo!
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