Buffalo Sabres Fall to Pittsburgh in a Shoot Out
Back to back one goal losses for the Buffalo Sabres. Not even a 3-0 first period lead was enough. The Pittsburgh Penguins scored four times in the second period including consecutive short handed goals, then won in overtime 5-4 to extend their winning streak over the Sabres to nine straight games.
Despite being outshot 18 to 9 in the first period the Sabres built a 3-0 lead on goals by Matt Moulson on the power play, Ryan O'Reilly shorthanded and defenseman Jake McCabe. For both Moulson and O'Reilly it ended long goal scoring droughts. Moulson hadn't scored since November. O'Reilly had put one in since January.
The Sabres were simply awful in the second period, allowing the Penguins to score four unanswered goals to take the lead including shorthanded goals 24 seconds apart.
Zach Bogosian scored on the power play in the third period to tie the game forcing overtime and the shootout where the Penguins won it. But Jack Eichel had a chance to win it on a breakaway in the overtime but missed, then came up empty in his shootout attempt. The Sabres drop to 2-7 in shootouts this season.
Defenseman Casey Nelson picked up a pair of assists. He has assists in his first three games as a Sabre.
So the Penguins sweep the season series from the Sabres for the third straight year. The Sabres are back home Thursday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs..