Sabres roar back for 4-3 shootout win over Vancouver

The Sabres scored twice in the final three minutes to force extra time, and defeat the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 in a shootout at KeyBank Center.

Nathan Beaulieu scored nearly five minutes into the first period to give the Sabres a 1-0 lead over the Vancouver Canucks. The defenseman was able to pinch in from the blue line and tip home a cross-ice pass from Kyle Okposo to give the game its first score. Okposo and Rasmus Dahlin assisted on the goal. Read More

Mittelstadt’s SO winner completes comeback win over Canucks

Casey Mittelstadt skated to center ice for his first NHL shootout attempt knowing exactly what he was going to do. The situation – a comeback and a point in the standings on the line, an announced crowd of 17,451 on their feet – was the sort that might make an average 19-year-old feel butterflies.

Luckily for the Buffalo Sabres, Mittelstadt isn’t an average 19-year-old. He pulled the puck to his backhand as he neared the blue paint, quickly flipped it back to his forehand and tucked a shot behind the skate of Vancouver Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom. Carter Hutton made a save on Canucks forward Nikolay Goldobin on the next attempt to clinch a 4-3 Sabres win. Read More

Sabres get a wild 6-5 overtime win in Montreal

A back-and-forth, action-packed game in Montreal saw the Buffalo Sabres prevail over the Canadiens in overtime on Thursday, 6-5. Rasmus Ristolainen netted the winner 1:38 into the extra frame with a slapshot that beat Carey Price cleanly on the glove side. Prior to Ristolainen’s winner, Jeff Skinner netted a pair of goals in regulation, including the game-tying goal in the third period. Vladimir Sobotka also scored twice for Buffalo and Jack Eichel picked up two more assists.

After killing off an early Montreal 5-on-3 power play, the Sabres got on the board first. Sobotka scored the first of his two goals on a 2-on-1 break with Evan Rodrigues at 6:08 of the first, but the Canadiens responded a little over three minutes later on Jonathan Drouin’s fifth goal of the season. Sobotka put Buffalo back in front later in the period, with Rodrigues and Sam Reinhart, once again, picking up the assists. However, the lead was short-lived as Matthew Peca’s first goal of the season tied the score 2-2 only 10-seconds later. Read More

Rasmus Ristolainen wins it in overtime in Montreal.

It ended in the most fitting way possible, with one last mad dash up and down the ice.

The Sabres had surrendered four one-goal leads and erased a one-goal deficit of their own by the time Rasmus Ristolainen carried the puck down low in overtime at Bell Centre on Thursday night. The defenseman lost the puck, leading to an odd-man rush going back the other way in favor of the Montreal Canadiens. Read More