Buffalo showed no signs of dwelling on its overtime loss against New Jersey, putting on an offensive clinic in a 7-4 victory against the Boston Bruins.
The two teams played a back and forth game for the first two periods. The Sabres scored first and Boston answered soon after. Buffalo pulled away in the third, going on a three-goal run thanks to Nick Baptiste, C.J. Smith and Vaclav Karabacek. Boston scored once in the final frame to bring it to 6-4, but Hudson Fasching swung the one last blow with a minute remaining in the game.
Smith (1+2), Fasching (2+1) and Guhle (1+2) led the team with three points each, with the latter two having bounce back performances after a poor game one. Baptiste (1+1), Cliff Pu (0+2) and Vasily Glotov (0+2) each had two points each, while Karabacek, Blackwell and Bailey each notched a point.
Jake McGrath, a camp invite, played all 60 minutes between the pipes. He made 35 saves on 39 shots.
The Sabres did all their scoring without the services of Alex Nylander, who was held out from the game with an injury due to precautionary reasons.
Through two games, the Sabres have a lead at the tournament with a 1-0-1 record. New Jersey, Pittsburgh and Boston are all 1-1-0.
Buffalo will play the final game of the round robin tournament Monday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
1. Can Colin Blackwell build off his strong debut?
Blackwell put up one assist centering Vaclav Karabacek and Daniel Muzito-Bagenda on the third line. His assist came on Baptiste’s goal, clearing the puck from the corner into open space.
2. Can the Sabres’ power play improve on game one?
You couldn’t have asked for more improvement from the PP unit. Buffalo went 4 for 8 with the extra man tonight, an enormous improvement over the Sabres’ 0 for 6 showing against New Jersey.
3. Can the Sabres get production from their big names?
The two quietest big names in game one, Guhle and Fasching, came up big against the Bruins. Guhle’s presence was particularly needed with how lackluster the Sabres blue line looked in game one. He showed his strong skating abilities that have some fans wondering if he’ll be on the big club this year.
His goal was outstanding, as he had the presence of mind to crash the net for a return pass from Smith.
Is that Phil Housley? No, it's Brendan Guhle. He charges up the ice & connects on a perfect pass from CJ Smith to give the Sabres a 2-1 lead pic.twitter.com/B4Zocy8m8U— Matthew Bové (@Matt_Bove) September 10, 2017
Bailey also chipped in with a shorthanded breakaway goal, while Baptiste beat Boston’s Luke Richardson with a slap shot from the right dot.