Buffalo Sabres Handed Second Straight Overtime Loss
The Buffalo Sabres were 56 seconds away from a shut out victory over the Calgary Flames Tuesday night. It might be better to say goaltender Carter Hutton was 56 seconds away from stealing a victory from the Flames because he didn't get much support.
The Flames pulled their goaltender late in the third period and it paid off with a goal that went off a couple of sticks to tie it and force overtime. And it was in the extra session that the Flames' Johnny Gaudreau won it giving Calgary a 2-1 victory.
Hutton made 36 saves on the night and at times he was left out to dry and didn't get much help. He deserved a much better fate.
The Sabres had been nursing a 1-0 length on the strength of Jack Eichel's first period goal. The Sabres had just two chances on the power play to build on that lead because they weren't playing well enough to draw more penalties than that. But their biggest opportunity came in overtime when they played the first two minutes with a 4 on 3 advantage but couldn't convert.
Jason Pominville's assist on Eichel's goal was his 500th point tying him with Danny Gare for ninth all time for the Sabres. Thursday night's game in Ottawa will be his 1000th game in the NHL.