Buffalo Sabres Wilt In Third Period, Then Lose In Overtime
Give the Buffalo Sabres credit for playing two and a half periods of solid hockey. It was that half a period that killed them.
The Washington Capitals tied the game with a power play goal late in the third period then won it in overtime 3-2 to drop the Sabres to 0-3 in overtime games this season. Zemgus Girgensons gave Buffalo an early 1-0 lead and then after the Capitals tied it Kyle Okposo put Buffalo in front again 2-1.
The Sabres were playing solid two-way hockey up until midway thru the third period when they started playing not to lose. It didn't work. A penalty to Evander Kane put the Capitals on the power play and they needed only five seconds to tie the game and the Caps seemed to take over from there.
So after being invigorated with the return of Jack Eichel to the lineup with back to back wins the Sabres have now lost two in a row. They're back home Tuesday night to host the league's leading scorer Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers.