Sabres Shine in 2-1 Shootout Win Over Anaheim

Sabres Shine in 2-1 Shootout Win Over Anaheim

The Buffalo Sabres had the luck of the Irish on their side Friday night. Down by a goal late in the third, a guy named Ryan O’Reilly scored to tie the game that eventually sent them to the shootout. A place where Buffalo has struggled mightily as of late.

One would say the only reason the Sabres were in this contest was the outstanding play of Sabres backup goalie Anders Nilsson. He was solid in throughout regulation time as well as the overtime period stopping 39 of 40 shots faced.

Nilsson also came up big in the skills competition turning away 7 of 9 shooters. It was O’Reilly that tied the game, it was that same Irishmen that followed up a goal by Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf tying the competition at one apiece in the second round.

In the 8th round, Brandon Montour scored to put the Ducks in position to win. So, the Sabres needed to score and send it to a 9th round. Rasmus Ristolainen was on deck for his first ever appearance in the extra session. He went in on goal and scored with a highlight move around Ducks goalie Jonathon Bernier.

In the final round, Nilsson stopped forward Nick Ritchie’s attempt thus leaving the door open for Zemgus Girgensons to win it for the Sabres. He scored a beauty to finally decide the match at 2-1 Buffalo. This was their first win of the 3 game west coast road trip.

The Sabres will head home for a brief stay before heading out to Detroit for a showdown of the last place teams in the Atlantic Division. The game is scheduled a 7:30 p.m. start Monday night.

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