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