Sabres Rally To Tie Vegas Golden Knights, But...

Lost the game in overtime

Richard Root
October 18, 2017 - 3:10 am
Oct 17, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Buffalo Sabres left wing Evander Kane (9) bats a puck out of the air past Vegas Golden Knights goalie Malcolm Subban (30) to tie the game late in the third period of a game at T-Mobile Arena.

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Las Vegas, NV (WBEN) - A second period full of penalties by the Buffalo Sabres seemed to put the nail in the coffin of this game early.  That impression was reinforced when the Vegas Golden Knights scored early in the third to make it 4 to 1.

However, the Sabres, fond of saying they're "sick of losing", rallied toward the end of the third and tied the game with nine seconds left, forcing an overtime.  The momentum seemed to be in their favor heading into overtime.

A brief lack of focus during the OT by the Sabres (and the referees, in this writer's opinion) led to a wrist shot by David Perron beating Chad Johnson, putting an end to the game.

This was the Sabres first time meeting the NHL's newest team, and the last game of a disappointing west coast swing where the Sabres earned only three out of a possible eight points on the road.

Forward Ryan O'Reilly said "We are lucky to get a point tonight, but we need to build off that last 10 (minutes). There wasn't much thinking involved, you start to get bounces, little things go your way, we could've had two (points)."

Buffalo got 34 shots on upstart goalie Malcolm Subban, Vegas hit Johnson with 31 shots.

The Sabres play at home next, taking on Vancouver on Friday.

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