Sabres storm back for 4-3 overtime win in Calgary

Jack Eichel scores the game-winner for Buffalo

Pat Malacaro
January 16, 2019 - 9:34 pm

Photo: Sergei Belski - USA TODAY Sports


Jack Eichel's last scoring chance of the night resulted in the game-winning goal, capping off the Buffalo Sabres' 4-3 overtime win over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night at Scotiabank Saddledome.

Johnny Gaudreau scored with less one-second to go in the opening period to give the Flames a 1-0 lead over the Sabres through a period. The goal came on the power play with Jason Pominville in the penalty box for tripping. Elias Lindholm and Mark Giordano assisted on the game's first goal.

The Sabres were out-shot in the opening 20 minutes 13-11, with Linus Ullmark making 12 saves for the blue and gold. Buffalo also had a power play chance in the first period, but failed to score. Eichel had two quality scoring chances in the frame, but failed to score. He hit the post on a breakaway chance just seconds into the game, and later in the period missed the net from a shot just above the blue paint in front of David Rittich.

Evan Rodrigues was able to even the score at 1-1 almost exactly halfway through the game when he scored on a breakaway chance. Casey Mittelsadt made the pass to help create the goal, he received the only assist on the game-tying goal. 

The Flames' third power play goal of the night helped give the home team a 2-1 lead nearly seven minutes into the third period. Matthew Tkachuk converted for his 24th goal of the season, with Lindholm and Gaudreau also contributing on the score. Both players received assists on Tkachuk's goal. 

However, the Sabres would answer back and even take their first lead of the game, thanks to the defense. Rasmus Dahlin and Jake McCabe scored back-to-back goals for Buffalo, just 3:22 apart to give the team a 3-2 lead midway through the final stanza. 

Dahlin's fifth goal of the season was assisted by Sam Reinhart and Jack Eichel. Both forwards were able to keep the puck in the offensive zone, which helped create the goal. McCabe's fourth goal of the season was unassisted with nine minutes remaining in regulation.

Noah Hanifin was able to even the score at 3-3 less than a minute later wth his fourth goal of the season. It was the first at even strength for Calgary in the game. Sean Monahan and Rasmus Andersson assisted on the goal.

Eichel was able to carry the puck into the offensive zone in the 3-on-3 overtime session and beat Rittich with a wrist shot into the top corner of the net. The captain's 16th goal of the season was the game-winning goal, giving the Sabres the 4-3 victory.


Goal Summary:

First Period:

CGY: 19:59 - Johnny Gaudreau (28) PPG (Elias Lindholm, Mark Giordano)

Second Period:

BUF: 9:45 - Evan Rodrigues (4) (Casey Mittelstadt)

Third Period:

BUF: 7:34 - Rasmus Dahlin (5) (Sam Reinhart, Jack Eichel). 10:56 - Jake McCabe (4) (unassisted)
CGY: 6:49 - Matthew Tkachuk (24) PPG (Elias Lindholm, Johnny Gaudreau). 11:34 - Noah Hanifin (4) (Sean Monahan, Ramsus Andersson)


BUF: 1:10 - Jack Eichel (16) (unassisted)


Penalty Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 19:11 - Jason Pominville (Tripping - 2 min.)
CGY: 10:08 - Mikael Backlund (Hooking - 2 min.)

Second Period:

BUF: 16:39 - Conor Sheary (High Sticking - 2 min.)
CGY: 7:01 - Johnny Gaudreau (Hooking - 2 min.)

Third Period:

BUF: 5:19 - Rasmus Dahlin (Holding - 2 min.)
CGY: 12:55 - Mikael Backlund (High Sticking- 2 min.)




Shots on Goal

BUF: 23 (11,9, 2, 1)
CGY: 33 (13, 8, 12, 0)


BUF: Linus Ullmark - 30 saves
CGY: David Rittich - 19 saves

Power Plays:

BUF: 0 for 3 (0%)
CGY: 2 for 3 (66.6%)

Three Stars:

  1. Johnny Gaudreau - CGY
  2. Jack Eichel - BUF
  3. Rasmus Dahlin - BUF

What's Next:

The blue and gold's Western Canada trip concludes on Friday night in Vancouver. Buffalo and the Canucks drop the puck at 10 o'clock on the flagship home of the Sabres Radio Network - WGR Sports Radio 550. Pre-game coverage with Pat Malacaro begins at 9 p.m.

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