Sabres stifled on home ice by the Wild, 4-1

Brandon Montour scored Buffalo's lone goal late in the loss

Kyle Powell
November 19, 2019 - 6:33 pm

Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig - USA TODAY Sports

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The Buffalo Sabres fell to 10-8-3 on the 2019-20 season after falling 4-1 to the lowly Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night at KeyBank Center.

The visiting Wild jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two periods of play, and it wasn't until a Brandon Montour goal late in the third period, with Buffalo's net empty, that the Sabres were able to solve goaltender Alex Stalock.

Minnesota hit the ground running early in this affair with the game's opening  goal just seven minutes into the opening period. Veteran forward Zach Parise was freed from the box after serving a goaltender interference minor and 20-seconds later, netted his seventh goal of the season past Sabres goalie Linus Ullmark.

The chance was extended and eventually cashed in on after a couple of costly turnovers from Sabres forward Casey Mittelstadt.

With just 3.6-seconds left on the docket in the first period, Parise found paydirt for the second time on the night with Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen in the box for a tripping minor. Parise was able to get a piece of a power play shot from defenseman Ryan Suter, which found its way into the net and dug Buffalo into a hole at 2-0.

The Sabres' deficit reached 3-0 with 5:29 gone in the second period as Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin snuck into a play, unannounted for, and scored his first goal since December 13, 2018.

Head coach Ralph Krueger opted to challenge the goal to see if the opportunity was offsides, but the attempt was unsuccessful. As a result of the failed challenge, the Sabres were assessed a two-minute minor penalty.

Two minutes later, in a shock to everyone, Sabres captain Jack Eichel relieved some frustration and tried to drop the gloves with Minnesota forward Joel Eriksson Ek in Buffalo's defensive end behind a developing play. Eichel received a double-minor for roughing, as Ek never dropped his gloves in response. Buffalo was able to kill off both penalties assessed to Eichel.

The Sabres finally got a puck past Stalock with 3:49 left in the third period, but it was too little, too late. With the Sabres needing a goal, Eichel took a shot from the point, and Montour was planted in front of the net to put the rebound in for his first goal of the season.

Wild forward Jason Zucker then capped the scoring with 2:14 to play as he scored into an empty Buffalo net.

 

GAME SUMMARY

 

Goal Summary:

First Period:

BUF: NONE
MIN: 7:14 - Zach Parise (7) (Joel Eriksson Ek); 19:56 - Zach Parise (8) PP (Ryan Suter, Kevin Fiala)

Second Period:

BUF: NONE
MIN: 5:29 - Jonas Brodin (1) (Jason Zucker, Mats Zuccarello)

Third Period:

BUF: 16:11 - Brandon Montour (1) (Jack Eichel, Victor Olofsson)
MIN: 17:46 - Jason Zucker (9) EN (Eric Staal, Mikko Koivu)

 

Penalty Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 3:26 - Jake McCabe (Holding - 2 min.); 18:56 - Rasmus Ristolainen (Tripping - 2 min.)
MIN: 4:55 - Zach Parise (Goaltender Interference - 2 min.)

Second Period:

BUF: 5:29 - Bench minor (Unsuccessful Challenge - 2 min.); 7:32 - Jack Eichel (Roughing - 2 min.); 7:32 - Jack Eichel (Roughing - 2 min.); 15:40 - Brandon Montour (Cross-checking - 2 min.)
MIN: 10:24 - Jared Spurgeon (Tripping - 2 min.)

Third Period:

BUF: 3:25 - Henri Jokiharju (Tripping - 2 min.)
​MIN: 8:52 - Mikko Koivu (Tripping - 2 min.)

 

Shots on Goal:

BUF: 31 (10, 10, 11)
MIN: 26 (12, 11, 3)


Goalies:

BUF: Linus Ullmark - 23 saves
MIN: Alex Stalock - 30 saves


Power Plays:

BUF: 0 for 3 (0%)
MIN: 1 for 7 (14.3%)


Three Stars:

  1. Zach Parise - MIN
  2. Alex Stalock - MIN
  3. Jason Zucker - MIN


What's Next:

The Sabres travel to Boston for a divisional matchup with the Bruins on Thursday night at TD Garden. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. with the Paul William Beltz Pre-Game Show starting at 6 p.m. on the home of the Buffalo Sabres - WGR Sports Radio 550.

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