Hutton and Sheary sparkle as the Sabres get their first win

October 06, 2018 - 9:21 pm
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Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - The Sabres finally found a way to get the fans out of their seats with Conor Sheary scoring two power play goals.

The first one came at 13:15 of the first period and honestly, they really needed it. Buffalo had gone 0-for-the-season and had not scored in the first 73:15 of the year.

It was a play started by Casey Mittelstadt who got the puck up quickly to Rasmus Ristolainen who engineered the 2-on-1 perfectly. Sheary didn’t have much to shoot at, but beat Henrik Lundqvist far side.

Buffalo got a power play to start the second period and Sam Reinhart found Sheary cross-crease with a perfect pass and a wide open net.

The goals were nice, but the Sabres wouldn’t have left the second period with a two goal lead if it wasn’t for Carter Hutton and Mittelstadt. Tage Thompson tried to get through a host of Rangers and turned the puck over producing a 3-on-0 on Hutton. Mittelstadt hustled to get back and bothered Brett Howden who was robbed by Hutton.

In the third period it appeared to be 3-0, but Thompson scored after knocking a Rasmus Dahlin rebound into the net with a high stick.

The Sabres seemed more engaged during the game as they weren't backing down and getting in the faces of the Rangers.

Make no mistake, there was a play in the first period that really sparked the team. Nate Beaulieu was sticking up for a teammate and fought a real tough player in Cody McLeod. Beaulieu ignited the building and his teammates appreciated it.

In the end, this was the Carter Hutton show. Hutton made 43 saves. In addition to the 3-on-0 save he robbed Jesper Fast in the third period keeping the game at 2-0.

Even the final goal into an empty net was a GREAT effort by Eichel. He blocked a shot, fought off a Ranger defenseman holding and hooking him and scored into the empty net. Eichel played a career high 25:45 and said after the game there is still better to come from him.

The Sabres went 2-for-4 on the power play and that was the difference in the game. The Rangers went 0-for-3 and had 10 shots.

Buffalo will practice on Sunday the then host Vegas at 3:00 on Monday afternoon. Brian Koziol will have pregame starting at 2:30.

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