Four-Goal Second Period Carries Buffalo Sabres Past Los Angeles Kings
The Buffalo Sabres appeared to be in a coma for most of the first half of Tuesday night's game at Key Bank Center. Give the Los Angeles Kings credit for smothering the Sabres and not allowing them to get anything done offensively, but after the Kings took a 2-0 lead Ryan O'Reilly led the comeback charge with a great individual effort to finally put the Sabres on the board. From there the floodgates seem to open and the Sabres broke thru for a 6-3 win.
O'Reilly's goal was the first of four in a row for the Sabres in a span of just over six minutes in the second period including a pair only 12 seconds apart. Jack Eichel led the scoring with a pair of goals and an assist. Eichel now has five goals in the seven games he's played since returning from his ankle injury.
Brian Gionta, Evander Kane and Sam Reinhart into an empty net had the other Buffalo goals. It's the eighth straight time the Sabres have beaten the Kings in Buffalo, a streak that stretches back to 2003.
The six goals matches their season-high for the season. They also scored six against the Edmonton Oilers back in October.
The Sabres finish off their four-game homestand Friday night against the New York Islanders.