The Pegula family has petitioned the hockey world for many things since buying the Sabres. For the draft, for the combine, for the World Juniors, for the first overall pick - that one didn’t go so well.
At some point this season, they may want to petition the NHL to get rid of overtime, seeing as how their team can’t win a game that goes past 60 minutes.
It was a shame too, because the Sabres got away with a poor start tonight. They were outshot 20-6 in the first period, but managed to end the first stanza tied 1-1 thanks to Marcus Foligno, who scored his sixth of the season, unassisted.
The two teams would alternate goals all night, and the Hawks took their turn next, tying the game at one later in the first thanks to Ryan Hartman.
Buffalo’s power play would strike in the second period, as Kyle Okposo put his team-leading 12th goal past Corey Crawford with assists going to Risto and ROR. Unfortunately, the Sabres would allow Artem Anisimov to score just 18 seconds later on a bouncing shot to tie the game once again.
The third period started well, with O’Reilly dishing a sweet pass to Eichel for the one-timer one the power play to put the Sabres up 3-2 just two minutes into the period, but it was the final two minutes would be their undoing, with Anisimov putting home his second of the game off of a Kane rebound to send it to overtime, where the Sabres would eventually lose.
It was a frustrating way to go down, especially with Buffalo just two minutes from a victory, but this is the second game in a row where the Sabres have managed to win or tie a game despite being outshot. Tonight it was by a massive 43-20 margin, which obviously is not good, but the Sabres still had control of the game with 120 seconds to go.
The team will try to get back on track on Saturday afternoon against the Jets.
1. Will the Sabres be able to bring a strong, 60 minute effort two games in a row?
A strong, 60-minute effort? No. But they did still have the chance to win tonight late into the third period, and it was disappointing to see them waste a gifted chance at two points tonight.
2. How effective will Ryan O’Reilly be tonight?
For a guy taking it easy on the third line, two assists is a pretty solid stat line.
Comment of the Game
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