Sabres at Bruins recap: Sabres get one point and lose two players
The Sabres were unable to hold on to their lead, but lost out on more than just a point tonight.
The Sabres had a lead with minutes left in the third period, but Dougie Hamilton scored his second goal of the game to tie things up. Then two minutes into extra time Loui Eriksson caught Josh Gorges out of position to send Boston home winners.
There were some bright spots to take out of this one, including Rasmus Ristolainen scoring another goal and Tim Schaller scoring his first. Schaller, who grew up in nearby New Hampshire, said in his postgame interview that his parents, brother, girlfriend and many family friends were in attendance to see.
This is the second night in a row that a Sabre has scored their first NHL goal, as Johan Larsson's notched his first last night. This marks the first time that the two Sabres have scored their first goal since Mike Ryan and Nathan Paetsch did it in 2007 according to Sabres PR.
Unfortunately, the shorthanded Sabres lost even more players tonight. Brian Gionta was on the receiving end of a dangerous hit by Matt Bartkowski.
Marcus Foligno did the noble thing and immediately went to fight Bartkowski, and got some real good punches in early. However he started to slow down late in the fight, which appeared to simply be because of fatigue. However, he never returned to the game. Ted Nolan said that he will be out a while, possibly with a broken hand according to Mike Harrington. Gionta is still feeling the hit, and it is unknown whether he'll miss anytime.
The Sabres are back in action in two days when they play Detroit, so there's a chance that Matt Moulson and Patrick Kaleta may be healed of their illness by then. If not, the Sabres could need yet another call-up from Rochester. Joel Armia is likely the front-runner. Nolan said he wasn't considered for tonight because it would have been three games in three nights for the young winger.
1. How will Mark Pysyk and Tim Schaller look?
Both had solid efforts tonight. Obviously Schaller scored his first NHL goal in only his third game, so not too shabby. Pysyk played good minutes, just under 20, and played the good quiet game that you've come to expect from him.
2. Can Chris Stewart increase his trade value with a goal?
He didn't score, but did have the primary assist on the Meszaros goal. After a nice drop pass by Johan Larsson Stewart had a perfect pass to Meszaros, who only had to tap it into the net.
3. Will the Sabres outshoot a team for the second team in a row?
The Sabres weren't able to come close, getting outshot 37 to 28. It was a nice idea to dream about though.