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Another comeback for the Sabres results in 5-4 OT win

Jack Eichel ends it in overtime for Buffalo's sixth straight win

November 19, 2018 - 7:31 pm

Another game, another spectular comeback for the Buffalo Sabres. This time, the team rallied to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday 5-4 in overtime. While trailing 4-1 in the second period, Buffalo notched three straight goals in regulation, and Jack Eichel scored the overtime winner for the team's sixth straight victory. 

Carter Hutton was called on once again early in the game, making several spectacular saves, including a shorthanded breakaway to keep Pittsburgh out of the net.

The Penguins kept up the pressure and Derick Brassard finally broke through at the 8:46 mark to make it 1-0. As has been the case so many times this season, Buffalo responded with the tying goal almost immediately. Tage Thompson's first goal of the season made it 1-1 just 2:57 later with a beautiful one-time shot set up by Sam Reinhart. 

Phil Kessel put Pittsburgh back in front, finishing off a 2-on-1 break with Tanner Pearson. Kessel snuck behind Rasmus Dahlin to join the rush and tip the puck past Hutton's left pad for the 2-1 lead. The Penguins made it a 4-1 game with two quick goals at the start of the middle frame courtesy of Jake Guentzel, beneficiary of another odd-man rush, and Pearson. Making his Penguins debut, Pearson's goal marked his first goal of the season and gave Pittsburgh a comfortable three-goal lead. 

Buffalo began chipping away at the deficit as the second period went on. Zach Bogosian ripped a shot by Casey DeSmith at 10:39, a play that started behind the Penguins net. Jack Eichel worked the puck out to Jeff Skinner, who found a wide open Bogosian at the point. The Sabres made it 4-3 in the closing minutes of the period thanks to Casey Nelson. The Sabres defenseman let a shot go that deflected off Jack Johnson's skate and into the net for his first of the season.

Casey Mittelstadt completed the comeback at 11:12 of the third, snapping a Kyle Okposo pass by DeSmith and under the crossbar to tie the game at 4-4. This was part of a final period that saw 18 shots from the Sabres and nine for Pittsburgh.

In overtime, it took Eichel 45-seconds to cap the win with his fifth goal of the season and first since October 30. DeSmith got a piece of Eichel's blast, but the puck trickled behind the Penguins netminder and into the net for the Buffalo victory. With a goal and an assist, Eichel picked up his eighth multi-point game of the season. 

The Sabres are winners of six straight games for the first time since December 27, 2009 to January 8, 2010.


Goal Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 11:43 - Tage Thompson (1) (Sam Reinhart, Rasmus Ristolainen)
PIT: 8:46 - Derick Brassard (2) (Patric Hornqvist); 16:15 - Phil Kessel (10) (Tanner Pearson, Evgeni Malkin)

Second Period:

BUF: 10:39 - Zach Bogosian (2) (Jeff Skinner, Jack Eichel); 18:12 - Casey Nelson (1) (Kyle Okposo, Conor Sheary)
PIT: 1:24 - Jake Guentzel (7) (Patrick Hornqvist); 5:00 - Tanner Pearson (1) (Jack Johnson, Evgeni Malkin)

Third Period:

BUF: 11:12 - Casey Mittelstadt (3) (Kyle Okposo, Conor Sheary)


BUF: 0:45 - Jack Eichel (5) (Rasmus Ristolainen)


Penalty Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 16:50 - Jake McCabe (Fighting - 5 min.); 16:50 - Jake McCabe (Boarding served by Zemgus Girgensons - 2 min.)
PIT: 4:16 - Olli Maata (High sticking - 2 min.); 16:50 - Riley Sheahan (Fighting - 5 min.)

Second Period:

BUF: 5:42 - Zach Bogosian (Hooking - 2 min.); 7:13 - Marco Scandella (High sticking served by Jason Pominville - 2 min.)

Third Period:

​PIT: 2:44 - Derick Brassard (Hooking - 2 min.); 13:40 - Chad Ruhwedel (Hooking - 2 min.)



Shots on Goal:

BUF: 40 (10, 11, 18, 1)
PIT: 40 (15, 16, 9, 0)


BUF: Carter Hutton - 36 saves
PIT: Casey DeSmith - 35 saves

Power Plays:

BUF: 0 for 3 (0%)
PIT: 0 for 3 (0%)

Three Stars:

  1. Jack Eichel - BUF
  2. Zach Bogosian - BUF
  3. Jake Guentzel - PIT

What's Next:

The red-hot Sabres return home after racking up six out of a possible six points with wins at Winnipeg, Minnesota and Pittsburgh. Buffalo hosts the Philadelphia Flyers at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, followed by a 4 p.m. home faceoff against the Montreal Canadiens on Friday. Hear all the action on WGR 550.

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