The Buffalo Sabres got out to a tough start again tonight. Luckily for them, Carter Hutton, was on his game all night.
Early in the first period the New York Rangers peppered the Sabres goaltender. He was able to keep the game scoreless throughout the first while his team found their footing.
Unlike on Thursday, the Sabres were able to get the first goal of the game tonight. Conor Sheary scored his first as a Sabre and the club’s first goal of the season. He finished off a nice 2 on 1 play with Rasmus Ristolainen.
The Sabres would take that 1-0 lead into the first intermission, but were outshot 14-7 in the period.
Buffalo was a much different team in the middle frame. It was their best period of the season thus far. They had numerous scoring chances and eventually were able to increase their lead with another power play goal.
Sheary scored his second of the game finishing off a nice tic-tac-toe play with Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart.
While the Sabres had a great period, Hutton made his best save of the game to keep it 2-0. He robbed the Rangers on a 3 on 0 rush early in the second.
Hutton continued to shut the door in the final 20 minutes. He made 20 saves in the period as the Rangers brought the pressure.
With 4:39 left the Rangers did get on the board to make things interesting. Brett Howden scored his first career NHL goal to get his club within one.
Hutton had to make a few more saves in the final minutes, but the game was finished off in the final seconds as Eichel found the empty net for his second point of the night and first goal of the season.
Final: Sabres 3, Rangers 1
Shots on Goal: Sabres 29 | Rangers 44
Sabres Goals: Conor Sheary (1, 2) (PPG’s) and Jack Eichel (1)
Rangers Goals: Brett Howden (1)
Three Stars of the Game
1. Carter Hutton (43 saves on 44 shots)
2. Conor Sheary (2 G)
3. Jack Eichel (1 G, 1 A)