Buffalo Sabres End 4-Game Losing Streak With Win Over Arizona
The Buffalo Sabres beat the Arizona Coyotes 6-3 Thursday night to end a four-game losing streak, but it wasn't easy. The Sabres scored three goals in the 3rd period to win it. Evander Kane scored his 23rd goal of the season to break a 3-3 tie and Marcus Foligno and Sam Reinhart scored empty netters.
Before Kane broke the tie it looked like it was going to be another one of those games the Sabres have been playing lately. The Sabres entered the third period with a 3-2 lead on the strength of power play goals by Ryan O'Reilly and Jack Eichel and a short-handed goal by Foligno. But like the two games before the other team came back to tie.
A different result though. The Sabres were able to pick themselves back up and keep working until Kane took a pass from O'Reilly and put Buffalo in front to stay.
And it's a game the Sabres should have won. They dominated play most of the night, often keeping the Coyotes pinned in their own zone for long stretches while finishing with 40 shots on goal.
Even though they have the longest of longshots to make the playoffs, many of the players were talking about the playoffs after the game. They have a better chance at finishing among the bottom five teams in the league, but the players don't sound like they're ready to give up.
The Sabres remain home to host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night.