Home win, and especially entertaining home wins, have been few and far between over the past few years at the First Niagara Center. Fans in attendance last night, however, were treated to one of the most fun nights the FNC has seen this season.
There were breakaways, sweet kick-pass goals, and even a successful penalty shot as the Sabres held on to win a wild 6-4 contest.
Things started off poorly for Buffalo, falling behind just four minutes into the first period thanks to the fantastically named Sven Andrighetto, who prompted many a "here we go again" feeling from fans watching.
But this game was not to be like the others. David Legwand, the guy who always gets breakaways but never scores, scored on a breakaway to even things up, and then Evander Kane would kick a Marcus Foligno pass to himself for a nifty goal in front with just 18 seconds left to give Buffalo a 2-1 lead.
The Sabres would not let up in the second either. Jack Eichel wired a seeing-eye pass through two Montreal defenders to Josh Gorges, who banged home his own rebound for his second of the season. Before DJ Kool could clear his throat, Marcus Foligno would get his reward for being strong in the crease, as a Phil Varone pass bounced off Foligno and in for a 4-1, and the Sabres were rolling.
Two Montreal goals from Galchenyuk and Andrighetto would cut the lead to 4-3, until Marcus Foligno was awarded a pretty weak penalty shot call, and buried it for his second goal of the game. Galchenyuk would add another to make it interesting, but Evander Kane would seal the deal with the empty net, thanks to a lucky bounce off the linesman's skate.
It wasn't the most disciplined game the Sabres have ever played, but boy was it fun. We got two goals from Foligno, Kane, two assists from O'Reilly, another solid game from Justin Bailey in his hometown debut, and a much-needed home win.
1. Which period will be the awful one tonight?
Shockingly, none of them were, though the Sabres defensive zone coverage was not great in period two.
2. Who will step up on offense?
Kane and Foligno, with two goals each, were the second and first star tonight. It was also nice to see goals from guys like Legwand and Gorges.
3. Who will be called up from Rochester?
Phil Varone was called up, and earned his first assist of the season on Foligno's first goal.
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