The Buffalo Sabres had the opportunity to extend their winning streak to 10 games and tie the franchise record. For about 50 minutes it looked like they were going to pull it off without a lot of stress. However, that’s not the way they do it.
It was a fast paced opening period between the Sabres and Sharks. Evander Kane was noticeable in the opening period. He was around the puck a lot and created a few opportunities for his team.
The Sabres had a few chances of their own. Casey Mittelstadt set up Kyle Okposo early in the period and Sam Reinhart had a good opportunity in the middle of the frame.
Mittelstadt almost connects with Okposo in front of the net. pic.twitter.com/eObCfph8iG— Ben Mathewson (@Ben_Mathewson) November 28, 2018
It was a fairly even period until the Sharks poured it on late in the period. Marcus Sorensen looked to have the opening goal of the game, off a nice pass from Joe Thornton, but Carter Hutton robbed him with the glove.
Huge glove save by Hutton pic.twitter.com/EgThSaJeRM— Ben Mathewson (@Ben_Mathewson) November 28, 2018
After 20 minutes the two sides were scoreless and the Sharks lead 13-7 in shots on goal.
The Sabres picked up their game in the second period, in particular the Eichel line. They had a few good opportunities set up Eichel. Jeff Skinner missed a one-timer wide in the slot and Reinhart missed a chance of his own.
We were scoreless still late into the period and then Tage Thompson made a nice look across the ice to a streaking Rasmus Ristolainen.
The big Finnish defender then proceed to walk Brett Burns and put the puck by Martin Jones to give the Sabres the 1-0 lead. He finished it off with perhaps an even better celly.
Hutton made a nice save on Barclay Goodrow in the final seconds to keep the Sharks off the board. After 40 minutes the Sabres lead 1-0 and outshot the Sharks 9-8 in the period.
Buffalo took a two goal lead early in the period. Reinhart made an absolutely perfect cross crease pass to a cutting Nathan Beaulieu to push the lead to two goals.
They held off the Sharks for most of the final period, but Joe Pavelski got his team back into it with a little over eight minutes remaining.
Then after the referee’s put the whistle away for most of the game, they pulled it out to call a questionable hooking penalty on Evan Rodrigues in the final four minutes. Pavelski would score his second of the game to even it up with 3:18 remaining.
Of course, we’d head to another overtime session.
Also, as per usual, Skinner was the player who scored the big goal. Jones was caught out of position after trying to knock a puck out of the and the Sabres forward danced around him for the game-winning goal.
The winning streak is at 10 games now and the Sabres will look to set the franchise record on Thursday when they visit the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Final: Sabres 3, Sharks 2 (OT)
Shots on Goal: Sabres 31 | Sharks 38
Sabres Goals: Rasmus Ristolainen (3), Nathan Beaulieu (3), and Jeff Skinner (19)
Sharks Goals: Pavelski (14, 15)
Three Stars of the Game
1. Carter Hutton (36 saves on 38 shots)
2. Jack Eichel
3. Joe Pavelski (2 G)