Sabres Big Rally Spoiled By Overtime Loss
The Buffalo Sabres came back from 2-0, 3-2 and 5-3 deficits to tie the Carolina Hurricanes and send Thursday night's game into overtime, but the Hurricanes got a lucky break going the other way and cashed in the winning goal on a 2 men on none break for a 6-5 win.
The Sabres never led in the game, but they showed tenacity in coming back each time they were down. Jeff Skinner scored twice to up his season total to 33 goals. His goal with less than a minute to play tied the game at 5-5 sending the game into the extra period.
It looked like the game was over when the Hurricanes scored a power play goal with under five minutes to play to go up 5-3 and it sent a good portion of the crowd to the exits. But Marco Scandella made it 5-4 off a perfect pass from Sam Reinhart, then Reinhart set up Skinner with another perfect pass to tie it.
Evan Rodrigues and Jason Pominville were the other goal scorers for Buffalo. Pominville's goal gave him 512 career points with the Sabres to move him past Mike Foligino and into 8th place all-time in franchise history.
Linus Ullmark stopped 24 of 30 shots in the loss. So after the first three games of their seven-game home stand the Sabres have a bad loss to the Blackhawks, a shootout win over Minnesota and a tough loss to Carolina. It's not the way they envisioned their home stand to go.
The Sabres host Detroit Saturday afternoon at 1:00 pm.