Sabres' comeback in Vancouver fell short in overtime

Buffalo overcame two separate two-goal deficits to get one point

Paul Hamilton
December 07, 2019 - 7:54 pm

Photo: Anne-Marie Sorvin - USA TODAY Sports


(WGR 550) - With the Sabres losing 6-5 in Vancouver on Saturday, I think you can guess that neither team got good goaltending.

Carter Hutton started the season 6-0-0 and has lost nine straight since. He had another rough outing in Vancouver, and in those nine losses, he has a goals-against average of 3.98 and a save percentage of .875

The Canucks didn’t get much better from Thatcher Demko. His team had a 5-3 lead with about seven minutes left, but Zemgus Girgensons and Marcus Johansson beat him to send it to overtime.

The Sabres had a horrible first period, and then came back in the second and scored three goals to leave the ice 3-3 after 40 minutes.

Special teams were, again, key in this game as Victor Olofsson netted a power play goal giving the Sabres a PP goal in three straight games. They also gave up a shorthanded goal for the second straight game.

The game-winning goal in overtime was on a 4-on-3 power play. It had appeared that Jack Eichel had won the game, but his goal was waived off because Henri Jokiharju set a bit of a pick and knocked down a Canuck for an interference penalty.

Jokiharju was also unaware that Tyler Myers was joining the play on the shorthanded goal. Myers blew by him and had his first goal as a Canuck.

If you’re a glass-half-full person, the Sabres got behind 2-0 and scored three of the next four goals to make it 3-3 after 40 minutes. The also trailed 5-3 and scored with the goaltender pulled late to tie it again.

Eichel had two assists and has points in 12 straight games. Rasmus Ristolainen had two assists and has points in five consecutive games. Victor Olofsson had a goal and an assist and has points in 12-of-14 games.

Johansson’s goal that sent the game to overtime was his first goal in 14 games.

The Sabres are 3-2-3 in their last eight games, scoring 31 goals. That is almost four goals per-game.

Kyle Okposo returned to the lineup after missing 10 games with a concussion. He scored his first goal in 18 games.

Johan Larsson chipped in with two assists, giving him six assists in his last five games.

The Sabres can salvage the three-game road trip with a win Sunday in Edmonton. Brian Koziol will have pregame for you at 7:30 after our Buffalo Bills coverage.

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