The Buffalo Sabres entered home ice action Tuesday night looking for a rebound from a very close 2-1 loss in New Jersey the night prior. Historically, Buffalo has dominated San Jose 16-1-1 going back to the inception of the Bay Area team in the early 1990s. The San Jose Sharks went to the Stanley Cup Final last season. As of late, they have won 8 out of their last 10 to find themselves atop the Pacific Division and second in the Western Conference.
About seven and half minutes into the first frame Matt Moulson shuttled a Brian Gionta shot across the goal line behind Sharks goalie Martin Jones. The goal put the home team ahead 1-0, but they would not fare so well as the game carried on. Sharks forward Joel Ward scored seven minutes later to even up the game at 1-1 before Logan Couture scored on a Mikkel Boedker rebound right in front of Sabres goalie Anders Nilsson. The second period was worse for the Blue and Gold as Buffalo struggled to get out of their own end. The Sabres gave up several high-risk scoring opportunities. Melker Karlsson cashed in on a wide open chance to put the Sharks up 3-1 after two periods.
The game would get a little worse before it got better for Buffalo. Sharks winger Joe Pavelski scored a highlight reel goal on the power play six minutes into the 3rd. The Sabres were in a three goal deficit and might as well deserve to be. But then the game changed. Over the course of a little under 5 minutes, the Sabres tied the game. First Ryan O’Reilly scored a Jack Eichel feed past Martin Jones on a power play that also yielded yet another power play for the Sabres. Two minutes later Sabre Evander Kane scored a wrap-around goal to pull within one goal. Then, less than a minute later at 12:31 of the third period, Kyle Okposo scored a bouncer 4-hole to even up the game. The momentum with which Buffalo had rocketed back to life carried them into overtime where Evander Kane scored short side on a nifty assist by Jack Eichel to complete the comeback.
The Sabres will stay put in Buffalo to take on another heavy-hitting California team on Thursday night, this time against the Anaheim Ducks.
EICHEL. TO KANE. DOWN 4-1. BUFFALO WINS. pic.twitter.com/GbJsdyuycG
— SabresFanatics (@SabresFanatics) February 8, 2017