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The ugly truth about the Sabres 3-2 overtime victory in Montreal on Tuesday night.

Richard Wolowicz

I think it would be fun to somehow avoid the outcome of a Sabres game before looking at the stats that will be posted below. Imagine what you would predict the score to be by looking at the Corsi/Fenwick. The other day my five year old son was amazed when the Blackhawks scored eight goals in an 8-1 win over the Dallas Stars. After looking at these stats I would have predicted the Sabres lost 9-1, maybe even 10-1. Instead the Sabres found a way to win. I have to admit, it feels good to be talking about a win.

There were plenty of negatives to take away from this hockey game. They were thoroughly outplayed for most of the game, they gave a two goal lead in the third period and they lost Thomas Vanek to injury. There were definitely some positives to this hockey game as well.

Despite the ridiculous disparity in shots attempted by the two teams, the Sabres limited the Canadiens scoring chances. They kept most of the shots outside and they blocked a lot of shots as well. Mike Weber did exactly what he needs to do in order to be successful in the NHL, he blocked shots. When the Canadiens did get scoring chances, Jhonas Enroth was up to the challenge. He played another great game in goal for the Sabres.

I think most of realize the Sabres were lucky to get two points in this game, but lets just enjoy it and let the coaches worry about the negatives.

Head-to-Head Time on Ice I Shift Charts I Fenwick/Corsi Ratings I Zone Starts I NHL.com Event Summary

Scoring Chances

Team Period Time Note P1 P2 P3 P4 P5 P6 Opp1 Opp2 Opp3 Opp4 Opp5 Opp6 Strength
Buf 1 4:16 Leino 63 23 26 6 10 1 27 81 20 26 76 31 5v5
Opp 1 5:25 Dumont 55 21 36 24 57 1 37 53 32 42 55 31 5v5
Buf 1 7:47 Ott Goal 9 19 29 24 57 1 51 11 67 26 76 31 5v5
Opp 1 13:31 Ryder 9 19 29 24 57 1 14 21 73 74 79 31 5v5
Opp 1 13:53 Gionta 9 19 29 24 57 1 27 81 21 74 79 31 5v5
Buf 1 18:59 Ennis Goal 63 23 26 24 57 1 51 11 67 74 79 31 5v5
Opp 2 2:38 Ryder 12 29 3 10 1 14 21 73 76 79 31 4v5
Opp 2 10:58 Gionta 9 19 29 6 10 1 14 21 73 26 76 31 5v5
Opp 3 4:53 Galchenyuk 12 65 82 6 10 1 27 81 20 26 55 31 5v5
Opp 3 5:07 Galchenyuk 12 65 82 6 10 1 27 81 20 26 55 31 5v5
Opp 3 6:36 Gallagher 9 19 29 24 57 1 51 11 67 74 79 31 5v5
Opp 3 7:04 Pacioretty Goal 9 19 29 24 57 1 51 11 67 74 79 31 5v5
Buf 3 8:36 Ott 9 19 29 6 10 1 14 21 73 26 76 31 5v5
Opp 3 15:23 Gallagher 55 21 36 3 53 1 51 11 67 74 79 31 5v5
Opp 3 15:32 Gallagher 55 21 36 3 53 1 51 11 67 74 79 31 5v5
Opp 3 16:09 Armstrong Goal 9 63 23 6 10 1 27 81 20 55 76 31 5v5
Opp 3 19:43 Gionta 21 23 82 3 57 1 14 21 67 76 79 31 5v5
Buf 4 2:16 Ott Goal 9 23 3 57 1 14 26 79 31 4v3

Head-to-Head Scoring Chances

Note - The chart below includes only 5-on-5 scoring chances

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