Sabres Edged by Predators in OT 5-4

Sabres Edged by Predators in OT 5-4

The Buffalo Sabres had not won a game since February 18th entering home ice action Tuesday night. Coming off a three game losing streak the Sabres looked to break their skid at home versus a team they had success against last month. The Nashville Predators entered the game on a three game winning streak on the first game of a road trip.

Sabres Captain Brian Gionta opened up scoring from behind the opposing net off Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne at 15:52 of the first period. The home team continued their dominant zone time and puck possession leading into a second goal, this time by Sabres forward Kyle Okposo. Okposo banged home a rebound well hounded in front of the Nashville net. Before the first frame ended Predator forward Mike Fisher got an ever so slight breakaway and got behind Sabres goalie Robin Lehner to pull his team within one.

A little over a minute into the second period Sabres Defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen was sent to the box for roughing Viktor Arvidsson. Nashville made Buffalo pay for that penalty when Colin Wilson scored on the ensuing power play. Evander Kane responded a little over three minutes later when he rung a wrist shot off the left post behind Pekka Rinne. The middle period would end at that score line.

It was a little under a minute into the final period when Jake McCabe scored his second of the season giving his Buffalo Sabres their second two goal lead of the game. Not long after his tally, however, the Nashville onslaught began. Ryan Johansen slipped the puck top shelf on Lehner from the left dot. Filip Forsberg pulled the visiting team even again with less than three minutes left in the 3rd period.

The Buffalo Sabres had a 4-on-3 power play entering the overtime period. The team in Blue and Gold held the puck in the Nashville zone getting the first four back-to-back shots. In the Predator’s first push into the Sabres zone in OT Filip Forsberg rung in the game winner handing Buffalo their fourth straight loss and extending their own win streak to four. Buffalo plays again Thursday night after the trade deadline when Arizona comes to town.

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