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Sabres pick up 4-2 win at Colorado

Jake McCabe gets first Buffalo goal by a defenseman this season

December 05, 2017 - 9:11 pm

Ryan O'Reilly, Benoit Pouliot, Jake McCabe and Jack Eichel all enjoyed multi-point nights on Tuesday, lifting the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

O'Reilly assisted on the game's first and last goals, by Benoit Pouliot and Jack Eichel respectively. Pouliot's seventh of the season came just 5:32 into the second frame on a shorthanded chance.

Nathan MacKinnon tied it up moments later with the first of his two goals on the night, but Jake McCabe found the net about a minute before the end of the period, putting Buffalo ahead 2-1. McCabe's goal marked the first by a Sabres defenseman this season. It was allowed to stand following a lengthy review, after which it was determined that Buffalo was not offsides prior to the goal. 

After MacKinnon tied it with another power play goal, beating Lehner five-hole, Evander Kane notched his 13th to give the Sabres a 3-2 lead. Eichel added insurance with an empty net breakaway at 19:27 of the third period. Scott Wilson, making his Sabres debut, logged 14:19 of ice time and registered one shot on net. The win marked Buffalo's first at Colorado since December 4, 2005.

Scoring Summary:

First Period:


Penalty Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 1:06 - Jack Eichel (2 min., holding)

COL: 11:18 - Nikita Zadorov (2 min., interference)

BUF: 17:29 - Rasmus Ristolainen (2 min., roughing)


Scoring Summary:

Second Period:

BUF: 5:32 - Benoit Pouliot (7) (SHG) (Ryan O'Reilly)

COL: 12:22 - Nathan MacKinnon (9) (PPG) (Mikko Rantanen, Alexander Kerfoot)

BUF: 18:59 - Jake McCabe (1) (Johan Larsson, Benoit Pouliot)

Penalty Summary:

Second Period:

BUF: 5:10 - Zach Bogosian (2 min., high sticking)

BUF: 10:37 - Sam Reinhart (2 min., tripping)

COL: 15:51 - Mikko Rantanen (2 min., tripping)

COL: 18:59 - Delay of game (2 min., served by Sven Andrighetto)


Scoring Summary:

Third Period:

COL: 9:58 - Nathan MacKinnon (10) (PPG) (Tyson Barrie, Alexander Kerfoot)

BUF: 11:54 - Evander Kane (13) (Jack Eichel, Jake McCabe)

BUF: 19:27 - Jack Eichel (8) (EN) (Ryan O'Reilly)

Penalty Summary:

Third Period:

BUF: 8:23 - Kyle Okposo (2 min., high sticking)

BUF: 10:43 - Zach Bogosian (2 min., slashing)

COL: 10:43 - Blake Comeau (2 min., unsportsmanlike conduct)

BUF: 12:14 - Marco Scandella (2 min., high sticking)

Shots on Goal:

BUF - 35, COL - 37


BUF: Lehner - 35 saves
COL: Varlamov - 31 saves


BUF: 0 for 3 (0%)
PIT: 2 for 6 (33.3%)

Three Stars:

  1. Evander Kane - BUF
  2. Nathan MacKinnon - COL
  3. Rasmus Ristolainen - BUF

What's next:

Buffalo's three-game road trip out west continues with a matchup with the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night from the United Center in Chicago. Faceoff on Friday is set for 8:30 p.m. with pre-game coverage on WGR starting at 7:30 p.m. with Brian Koziol.

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