FINAL: BUF 5 SJ 4
SHOTS: BUF 36 SJ 40
POWER PLAY: BUF 2/3 SJ 1/3
HITS: BUF 12 SJ 11
BLOCKED SHOTS: BUF 18 SJ 13
BUF: Matt Moulson (11) assisted by Brian Gionta (14) and Tyler Ennis (4)
SJ: Joel Ward (6) assisted by Brent Burns (34) and Paul Martin (14)
SJ: Logan Couture (19) assisted by Mikkel Boedker (13) and Marc-Edouard Vlasic (15)
SJ: Melker Karlsson (7) assisted by Marcus Sorensen (1) and Michael Haley (7)
SJ: Joe Pavelski (18) assisted by Brent Burns (35) and Patrick Marleau (12)
BUF: Ryan O’Reilly (12) assisted by Jack Eichel (12) and Rasmus Ristolainen (27)
BUF: Evander Kane (15) assisted by Cody Franson (13) and Brian Gionta (15)
BUF: Kyle Okposo (17) assisted by Sam Reinhart (21) and Ryan O’Reilly (22)
BUF: Evander Kane (16) assisted by Jack Eichel (13)
The Sabres have picked up 11 of the last 12 possible points at home in their last 6 games. The Sharks haven’t had much success in Buffalo at all throughout their franchise’s history. The Sabres are 16-1-1 in against the Sharks in home games since San Jose was awarded an expansion franchise. The Sabres have done very well against the Western Conference at home. They have a record of 11-1-3 over their last 15 home games against the west. Robin Lehner has been great as of late but he got the night off tonight and Anders Nilsson started in goal.
San Jose scored early in the 1st period but the goal didn’t count because if the intent to blow the whistle rule.
After the disallowed Sharks goal the Sabres headed to the power play. Tyler Ennis made a slap pass to Matt Moulson who then found Brian Gionta in front of the net, Gionta put the puck on net and it was probably going to cross the goal line but Matt Moulson put it in to give Buffalo the lead. Tyler Ennis is now on a 4 game point streak with his assist on Moulson’s goal. Hopefully, he can get back into his form that he was in during the tank. With that goal, Matt Moulson has now tied his point total from last season.
With about 6 minutes to go in the 1st period, Brent Burns took a slap shot on Anders Nilsson. Nilsson had Marcus Foligno and Joel Ward planted in front of him and the puck deflected off of Joel Ward to tie the game.
Minutes later, Mikkel Boedker took a shot on Anders Nilsson, Nilsson thought he had the puck stopped, and Logan Couture put the rebound past Nilsson to give San Jose the 2-1 lead.
Midway through the 2nd period, Michael Haley found Melker Karlsson alone in front of the net and ripped the puck past Nilson to give the Sharks a 3-1 lead. The puck deflected off of Marcus Sorensen after Haley’s pass and Sorensen notched his 1st career NHL point in his 1st NHL game.
San Jose would maintain their 3-1 lead heading into the 3rd period.
The Sharks had another power play because Justin Bailey took a high sticking penalty on Paul Martin. On that power play, Brent Burns found Joe Pavelski who then beat Anders Nilsson short side for his 18th goal of the season.
Minutes later, Justin Bailey caught a high stick from Brent Burns and the Sabres headed to the power play for the 2nd time tonight. Jack Eichel made a great pass to Ryan O’Reilly and he connected for his 11th of the season to put the Sabres within 2 goals.
Just 2 minutes after O’Reilly’s goal, Cody Franson threw a backhand pass behind the net to Evander Kane. Kane shovelled the puck past Martin Jones on the wraparound for his 15th goal of the season. San Jose did use their offside challenge but it was determined that it was inconclusive and the Sabres were now within one goal from tieing the game.
There was absolutely no quit in the Sabres. Right after Kane’s goal Kyle Okposo tied the game at 4.
The Sabres scored 3 goals in just 3 minutes and 28 seconds to come back and force overtime.
Jack Eichel took the puck down the ice and gave it to Evander Kane who made no mistake and he finished the game off and Buffalo would win this game by a score of 5-4 after losing 4-1.
There’s no other way to put it. The Sabres played like crap for most of that game and they remember how to play hockey again midway through the 3rd period. That was a great 3rd-period comeback and it makes it even better that it was against one of the better teams in the San Jose Sharks. The Sabres will face the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night in Buffalo. Hopefully, the Sabres can continue their strong play at home.