Sabres defeat the Rangers, 3-1 for first win of the season

Conor Sheary scores twice on the power play for Buffalo in the win

Pat Malacaro
October 06, 2018 - 7:00 pm

Photo: Kevin Hoffman - USA TODAY Sports


The Buffalo Sabres notch their first win of the season 3-1 over the New York Rangers on Saturday night at KeyBank Center, thanks in part to a pair of power play goals by Conor Sheary.

Kyle Okposo was called for the game's first penalty when he was whistled for a holding the stick minor. Despite being peppered with shots on goal, Carter Hutton kept the game scoreless while Buffalo was shorthanded.

The Sabres enjoyed a 4-on-3 power play when Chris Kreider was called for holding. Evan Rodrigues and Jimmy Vesey were already in the penalty box for roughing when they jousted following a whistle. Buffalo would convert on the power play later in the chance when Sheary wristed the puck past Henrik Lundqvist. Rasmus Ristolainen fed the puck to Sheary on a cross-ice pass to help setup the goal. He was rewarded with an assist on the power play score.

Buffalo was called for a too many men on the ice penalty with just over three minutes to go in the opening period. New York failed to score on the man advatage. 

The blue and gold opened the second period with a power play chance thanks to a Vinni Lettieri high sticking penalty right at the end of the first. Sheary again scored on the man advantage. Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart each had tape-to-tape passes that helped create the goal that extended Buffalo's lead to 2-0. Reinhart and Eichel assisted on Sheary's second goal of the night.

Buffalo failed to score on their second power play of the period. Adam McQuaid was called for a hooking minor, but his teammates were able to kill it off.

Tage Thompson nearly added to Buffalo's lead, but his goal was waved off with his stick being above the crossbar. 

The Rangers enjoyed a man advantage thanks to an Eichel minor penalty for hooking.

The Blueshirts got on the score sheet with under five minutes to go in regulation with a sustained offensive attack. Brett Howden was credited with the goal that halved New York's deficit to 2-1. McQuaid and Ryan Spooner were credited with the assists on the even strength goal.

Eichel scored the final goal of the night with just seconds to go after New York pulled the goaltender. It was Eichel's first goal of the season to salt the game away.


Goal Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 13:15 - Conor Sheary (1) PPG (Rasmus Ristolainen, Casey Mittelstadt)

Second Period:

BUF: 1:42 - Conor Sheary (2) PPG (Sam Reinhart, Jack Eichel)

Third Period:

BUF: 19:58 - Jack Eichel (1) ENG (unassisted)
NYR: 15:21 - Brett Howden (1) (Adam McQuaid, Ryan Spooner)


Penalty Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 7:17 - Kyle Okposo (Holding the Stick - 2 min.); 10:57 - Evan Rodrigues (Roughing - 2 min.); 14:35 - Nathan Beaulieu (Fighting - 5 min.); 16:43 - Team (Too many men on the ice - 2 min.)
NYR: 10:57 - Jimmy Vesey (Roughing - 2 min.); 11:53 - Chris Kreider (Holding - 2 min.); 14:35 - Cody McLeod (Fighting - 2 min.); 20:00 - Vinni Letteri (High Sticking - 2 min.)

Second Period:

NYR: 11:10 - Adam McQuaid (Hooking - 2 min.)

Third Period:

BUF: 6:19 - Jack Eichel (Hooking - 2 min.)
NYR: 0:41 - Mika Zibanejad (Tripping - 2 min.) 

Shots on Goal:

BUF: 29 (7, 8, 14)
NYR: 44 (14, 10, 20)


BUF: Carter Hutton - 43 saves
NYR: Henrik Lundqvist - 26 saves

Power Plays:

BUF: 2 for 4 (50%)
NYR: 0 for 3 (0%)

Three Stars:

  1. Carter Hutton - BUF
  2. Conor Sheary - BUF
  3. Jack Eichel - BUF

What's Next:

Buffalo's season opening four-game homestand continues on Monday afternoon. The Sabres will welcome the Vegas Golden Knights to KeyBank Center for a three o'clock face-off Monday afternoon. Catch all of the action on the flagship home of the Sabres Radio Network - WGR Sportsradio 550. Pregame coverage with Brian Koziol will begin at 2:30 p.m.

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