Buffalo Sabres Win A Game the Hard Way
It's just too bad the Buffalo Sabres can't figure out how to win games at home the way they've found success on the road. In their last six games away from KeyBank Center they've won five and lost one in overtime. Thursday night in Detroit they beat the Red Wings in overtime when defenseman Marco Scandella scored with just two/tenths of a second left to play for a 3-2 win.
The Sabres had been nursing a 2-1 lead late into the third period when a tripping call against Johan Larsson gave the Red Wings a power play which became a 2-man advantage when they pulled the goaltender. It paid off for the Wings when they scored with 1:25 left to play setting up overtime.
Larsson got a chance to redeem himself when with time winding down he dropped a pass for Scandella and the defenseman ripped a hard shot into the net to beat the goaltender and the clock. The referees went to the video to see if the puck entered the net before time expired and sure enough there was 00.2 left on the clock when the puck crossed the goal line for Buffalo's fourth overtime win of the season.
Larsson also drew an assist on Rasmus Ristolainen's first period goal while Ristolainen assisted on Evander Kane's second period power play goal. Goaltender Robin Lehner stopped 35 shots to pick up the win. Lehner and Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard both made some incredible saves in the overtime.
The Sabres play the Capitals in Washington on Saturday, then are back home Sunday at 5:00 pm to host Boston.