Sheary sends Sabres to 4-3 overtime win against Pittsburgh

Jack Eichel and Brandon Montour also score for the Sabres in the win

Pat Malacaro
March 01, 2019 - 7:09 pm

Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig - USA TODAY Sports


Conor Sheary scored twice against his former team, including the game-winning goal, to help the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-3 overtime win against the Pittsburgh Penguins at KeyBank Center. 

Jack Eichel scored just over three minutes into the game to give Buffalo a 1-0 lead over the Penguins. The goal was scored off of an offensive zone turnover that the blue and gold's captain capitalizes on. Sam Reinhart was credited with the only assist on the game's first goal.

Pittsburgh wasted no time answering back and tying the game at 1-1. Nick Bjugstad's eighth goal of the season found the top corner of the net for Pittsburgh. The tally was assisted by Juuso Riikola and Dominik Simon. The two goals came less than one minute apart.

Buffalo went to the power play for the first time in the game when Garrett Wilson was penalized for roughing. Sheary was able to score on the man advantage to give the team their second lead of the night, this time 2-1. Brandon Montour recorded his first point as a Sabre with an assist on the power play goal.

The Penguins recorded 20 shots on goal in the opening twenty minutes, with Linus Ullmark stopping 19 of the shots. Buffalo recorded seven shots in the first as well.

Matt Hunwick was penalized for hooking at the first period ended. However, his teammates were able to kill off the minor penalty to start the second period. The defenseman also took an interference minor that Pittsburgh failed to capitalize on.

Buffalo would not be so lucky on their next penalty kill, as the Penguins would tie the game 2-2 while on the power play. Scott Wilson was in the box serving a high sticking double minor when Patric Hornqvist tipped in a Justin Schultz shot from the point for the goal.

Sidney Crosby had a hand in the first power play goal, and also connected on his 28th goal of the season as Pittsburgh took their first lead of the game 3-2. Crosby slammed in a one-time pass to help the Penguins score on both of the Wilson minor penalties.

The Sabres failed to capitalize on a power play chance part way through the third period. Patric Hornqvist was whistled for high sticking, but the Penguins were able to kill off the two minute penalty.

Montour evened the game at 3-3 with less than three minutes to go in regulation. The defenseman took a wrist shot from the point that made it through traffic to beat Matt Murray.

Sheary capped off a frenetic overtime period with his second goal of the night after Pittsburgh turned the puck over in their own zone. The play was reviewed for offside, but was confirmed as a good goal to give Buffalo the 4-3 win.


Goal Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 3:09 - Jack Eichel (23) (Sam Reinhart); 12:53 - Conor Sheary (10) PPG (Kyle Okposo, Brandon Montour) 
PIT: 4:05 - Nick Bjugstad (8) (Juuso Riikola, Dominik Simon)

Second Period:

PIT: 17:18 - Patric Hornqvist (16) PPG (Justin Schultz, Sidney Crosby); 18:21 - Sidney Crosby (28) PPG (Evgeni Malkin, Justin Schultz)

Third Period:

BUF: 17:28 - Brandon Montour (6) (Evan Rodrigues, Conor Sheary)


BUF: 4:11 - Conor Sheary (11) (unassisted)


Penalty Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 17:02 - Brandon Montour (Roughing - 2 min.); 19:59 - Matt Hunwick (Hooking - 2 min.)
PIT: 11:02 - Garrett Wilson (Roughing - 2 min.); 17:02 - Evgeni Malkin (Roughing - 2 min.)

Second Period:

BUF: 13:37 - Matt Hunwick (Interference - 2 min.); 16:25 - Scott Wilson (High Sticking - 4 min.)

Third Period:

PIT: 11:47 - Patric Hornqvist (High Sticking - 2 min.)



Shots on Goal:

BUF: 30 (7, 9, 11, 3) 
PIT: 44 (20, 13, 8, 3)


BUF: Linus Ullmark - 41 saves
PIT: Matt Murray - 27 saves

Power Plays:

BUF: 1 for 2 (50%)
PIT: 2 for 3 (66.6%)

Three Stars:

  1. Conor Sheary - BUF
  2. Linus Ullmark - BUF
  3. Brandon Montour - BUF

What's Next:

The blue and gold are in Toronto on Saturday night to take on the Maple Leafs for the second time this week. The puck drops at seven o'clock on the flagship home of the Sabres Radio Network - WGR Sports Radio 550. Pre-game coverage with Brian Koziol begins at 6 p.m.

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