Sabres Squeak By Senators 3-2 in Ottawa

Sabres Squeak By Senators 3-2 in Ottawa

The Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators met for the fifth and final time Tuesday night. In their previous meeting, Robin Lehner and the Sabres blanked Ottawa by a 4-0 score. This outing wasn’t so easy for the Sabres. Lehner, however, was on top of his game once again while 9 different skaters made the scoresheet to lead the way to a 3-2 win.

Ryan O’Reilly started things off just 24 seconds into the game with his 12th of the season off a wicked wrister that eluded G Craig Anderson. Kyle Okposo and Justin Faulk picked up the assists on the goal. The Senators tied the game up at the 14:45 mark after Bobby Ryan scored his 12th from Erik Karlsson and Fredrik Claesson.

Ottawa grabbed their second in a row and first lead of the game as Dion Phaneuf put away his 8th from Bobby Ryan for the 2-1 score that followed the teams into the second intermission.

The Sabres stormed out in the 3rd period to tie the game when Matt Moulson batted home his 12th from Sam Reinhart and Jack Eichel just 51 seconds into the period. The Sabres reclaimed the lead at 7:38 when rookie Justin Bailey scored his 2nd of the season from Jake McCabe and Rasmus Ristolainen. “Our talk was coming out in the third was a situation where we thought we knew we could come back and we had proven we can come back,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said.

Two factors I think weighed heavily into the reason the Buffalo Sabres pulled this game out; The goaltending of Lehner stopping 39 of 41 shots faced and staying out of the box. The Sabres went on the penalty-kill only twice and were a perfect 2-2.

The Sabres next action will be on Thursday night when they will face-off against the Colorado Avalanche at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.

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