Sabres fall in overtime, 3-2 to visiting Flames

Jack Eichel's point streak reaches seven games in defeat

Kyle Powell
November 27, 2019 - 7:01 pm
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The Buffalo Sabres battled hard on Wednesday night, but could only managed to pull out a point in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Calgary Flames at KeyBank Center.

Flames forward Elias Lindholm scored the game-winner at the 1:17 mark of overtime as he gave Calgary just its second win in nine games.

The Flames grabbed a 1-0 lead late in the first period as a shot from defenseman T.J. Brodie trickled its way ever-so lightly through the five-hole of Linus Ullmark at the 17:55 mark. Mark Giordano and Sean Monahan received assists on Brodie's first goal of the year.

Through 20 minutes of play, Buffalo held a 9-8 shot advantage and began to come alive after totaling just two shots in the first eight minutes of action.

The Sabres were able to tie the game up at 1-1 about six-and-a-half minutes into the second period. After their Monday night hiccups against the Lightning where they allowed a pair of shorthanded goals, they got one of their own this night courtesy of Jimmy Vesey.

After a strong forecheck by Sabres forward Rasmus Asplund leads to a turnover in the Calgary end, Vesey chased down a loose puck in open ice for a breakaway. Vesey was able to go to the forehand and beat Calgary goalie David Rittich for his second goal of the season, and second in as many games. 

With the lone assist on the shorthanded tally, Asplund recorded his first point in the National Hockey League.

With the game still tied at 1-1 early in the third period, the Sabres' top line went to work. With less than two minutes gone in the period, Victor Olofsson buried the go-ahead goal with his ninth of the season as he fired a wrist shot past the far side, glove hand of Rittich to give Buffalo a 2-1 advantage. The goal extended Olofsson's point streak to a career-high five games; it also extended Jack Eichel's active point streak to seven games.

Less than two minutes later, the Flames tied the score at 2-2 as forward Matthew Tkachuk jammed a loose puck past Ullmark for his 11th goal of the season.

That 2-2 score held through the remainder of play in regulation, forcing overtime in downtown Buffalo.

It took just 77 seconds for the Flames to score the game-winner as Lindholm dropped the curtain on the Sabres for the 3-2 win on the road.

 

GAME SUMMARY

 

Goal Summary:

First Period:

BUF: NONE
CGY: 17:55 - T.J. Brodie (1) (Mark Giordano, Sean Monahan)

Second Period:

BUF: 6:32 - Jimmy Vesey (2) SH (Rasmus Asplund)
CGY: NONE

Third Period:

BUF: 1:55 - Victor Olofsson (9) (Jack Eichel, Sam Reinhart)
CGY: 4:02 - Matthew Tkachuk (11) (Mikael Backlund, Michael Frolik)

Overtime:

BUF: NONE
CGY: 1:17 - Elias Lindholm (12) (Matthew Tkachuk, T.J. Brodie)

 

Penalty Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 12:31 - Jack Eichel (Tripping - 2 min.)
CGY: NONE

Second Period:

BUF: 5:35 - Marcus Johansson (Holding - 2 min.)
​CGY: 18:10 - Dillon Dube (Holding the stick - 2 min.)

Third Period

BUF: NONE
CGY: 8:47 - T.J. Brodie (Hooking - 2 min.)

Overtime:

BUF: NONE
CGY: NONE


Shots on Goal:

BUF: 36 (9, 10, 16, 1)
CGY: 29 (8, 8, 12, 1)


Goalies:

BUF: Linus Ullmark - 26 saves
CGY: David Rittich - 34 saves


Power Plays:

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


Three Stars:

  1. Elias Lindholm - CGY
  2. Matthew Tkachuk - CGY
  3. Jimmy Vesey - BUF


What's Next:

The Sabres will practice on Thursday before facing the Toronto Maple Leafs for the first game of a home-and-home series on Friday afternoon at KeyBank Center. Faceoff is set for 4 p.m. with the Paul William Beltz Pregame Show starting at 3 p.m. on WGR.

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