Skinner scores in OT to give Sabres 3-2 win over San Jose

The Sabres' winning streak reaches 10 with the win

Pat Malacaro
November 27, 2018 - 7:12 pm

Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig - USA TODAY Sports


Jeff Skinner scored in overtime to send the Buffalo Sabres to their 10th straight victory, defeating the San Jose Sharks 3-2 in overtime at KeyBank Center.

Buffalo recorded seven shots on goal in the first period, with Martin Jones stopping all of them. Carter Hutton was equal to the task for the blue and gold, making 13 saves against the Sharks. Neither team was called for a penalty in the opening 20 minutes of play. 

Evan Rodrigues was called for the first penalty of the game. The forward was penalized for tripping less than two minutes into the frame. However, the Sabres were able to kill off the minor penalty.

Buffalo's first power play chance came halfway through the second period when Brendan Dillon was called for tripping. The Sabres failed to score while on the man advantage, keeping the game scoreless.

Rasmus Ristolainen broke the scoreless tie with just over five minutes to go in the second stanza, giving the Sabres a 1-0 lead. Ristolainen helped steal the puck away in the defensive zone and took a pass at his own blue line before breaking towards the net and scoring. Tage Thompson made the pass to help create the goal, he and Kyle Okposo were given the assists.

The Sabres increased their lead to 2-0 in the third period after killing off a penalty and getting back to even strength. Soon after, Nathan Beaulieu tapped home a Sam Reinhart cross-ice pass to double the lead. Casey Nelson helped create the play by making the initial pass in the defensive zone, Reinhart and Nelson were credited with the helpers on the goal for their efforts.

San Jose clawed back with a goal nearly halfway through the third period with a goal to make it 2-1. Joe Pavelski slammed home a Brent Burns pass, giving the visitors life in the final period. Burns and Tiemo Meier assisted on the goal.

The Sharks' captain scored again about five minutes later to tie the game at 2-2 late in the third. Pavelski was able to use a wrap around move while on the power play to score his 15th goal of the season for the visitors. The goal came with Rodrigues in The box for hooking. Logan Couture and Kevin Labanc recieved assists on the goal.

The game ended up heading to overtime, and at the 1:41 mark of bonus hockey, Skinner capitalized on a loose puck in the offensive zone and scored on the backhand to give the Sabres the victory. Buffalo had all three shots on goal in the OT. Skinner's 19th goal of the season was unassisted.


Goal Summary:

First Period:


Second Period:

BUF: 14:42 - Rasmus Ristolainen (3) (Tage Thompson, Kyle Okposo)

Third Period:

BUF: 4:14 - Nathan Beaulieu (3) (Sam Reinhart, Casey Nelson)
SJ: 11:29 - Joe Pavelski (14) (Brent Burns, Timo Meier); 16:42 - Joe Pavelski (15) PPG (Logan Couture, Kevin Labanc)


BUF: 1:41 - Jeff Skinner (19) (unassisted)


Penalty Summary:

First Period:


Second Period:

BUF: 1:23 - Evan Rodrigues (Tripping - 2 min.)
SJ: 9:44 - Brendan Dillon (Tripping - 2 min.)

Third Period:

BUF: 1:35 - Rasmus Dahlin (Tripping - 2 min.); 9:49 - Johan Larsson (Slashing - 2 min.); 15:38 - Evan Rodrigues (Hooking - 2 min.)
SJ: 9:49 - Joe Thornton (Cross-checking - 2 min.)



Shots on Goal :

BUF: 31 (7, 9, 12, 3)
SJ: 38 (13, 8, 17, 0)


BUF: Carter Hutton - 36 saves
SJ: Martin Jones - 29 saves

Power Plays:

BUF: 0 for 1 (0%)
SJ: 1 for 3 (33.3%)

Three Stars:

  1. Rasmus Ristolainen - BUF
  2. Jeff Skinner - BUF
  3. Joe Pavelski - SJ

What's Next:

The Sabres will have a chance to set a new franchise record for consecutive wins when they begin a three-game road trip on Thursday. Buffalo and the Tampa Bay Lightning drop the puck at 7:30 p.m. on the flasghip home of the Sabres Radio Network - WGR Sports Radio 550. Pre-game coverage with Mike Schopp and the Bulldog starts at 6:30 p.m.

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