Sabres's Hutton comes out strong against Calgary

October 30, 2018 - 9:20 pm

Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - Carter Hutton told me this morning that he wasn’t happy with his last game against Montreal. I thought he should’ve stopped both Max Domi goals, but in the end, he and the Sabres won 4-3. They won because Hutton slammed the door in the final minute making two gorgeous saves.

Hutton has had to sit on that game since Thursday because Linus Ullmark started in Columbus and he channeled that energy into Tuesday night.

Hutton made some great saves in the first period, but it was his save on Elias Lindholm in the second that will get him on Sports Center. Lindholm found himself off the post with a wide open net, but somehow, Hutton leaned back and got his stick down to make a huge save.

Hutton frustrated Lindholm four times with great saves in the first 40 minutes. The most dangerous Flame was Sean Monahan. He has had some great chances, but again, Hutton was there.

Hutton stopped 11 pucks in the first period and 16 in the second. Five of those 27 saves came on the power play.

The Sabres did a good job in this game causing turnovers. Johan Larsson and Vladimir Sobotka caused turnovers early that gave Patrick Berglund and Nate Beaulieu a couple of good chances, but David Rittich came up big for Calgary.

It was a Flames turnover late in the first period that cost them. Jason Pominville also has a good stick and got it in there to knock the puck away and go the other way. He found Jack Eichel in the left circle and the captain wired one far side inder the bar.

Eichel now has seven points in his last five games.

The Sabres tried withstanding a parade to the penalty box with Conor Sheary getting two of the calls.

Monahan had another great chance in close on a third period power play and Hutton made another big stop.

I didn't like the Sabres third period at all. They just sat back and counted on Hutton providing very little pressure on Rittich. When Sam Reinhart did steal the puck behind the net and bring it out front, he shot wide.

The Flames tied the game after Zemgus Girgensons and Johan Larsson failed to clear the puck after Calgary pulled Rittich. With 56 seconds left, Lindholm's shot hit Rasmus Ristolainen, hit the ice, shot up and went off of Matt Tkachuk's stick to tie the game. Hutton deserved so much better in this game, but with the way the team was playing, you could see the goal coming.

Buffalo had a 4-on-3 power play to start overtime. The PP didn't look great, but Eichel missed the net on a good chance and Sheary partially fanned on an open one-timer near the post.

The Flames came back the other way and Mark Giordano got a pass past Eichel and to Johnny Gaudreau who put the game-winner into a wide open net.

Hutton deserved a shutout in this game as he was better than amazing. He made 36 saves on the night and had no chance on either goal.

Hutton was furious on the post game show saying he wasn't surprised at all that Calgary tied the game because the team didn't play well enough to win. He also said he had played well in each one of his starts this season and was unfairly criticized by the media. He said "You guys criticize me a lot on one or two goals. Even the games I lost on the Cali trip, I still thought I was a big difference maker. You guys have your opinion, I have mine." I don't blame him at all for being angry because he should be. Eichel was angry on the post game show too and again, I think it's a good thing. Losing has been tolerated in this organization for too long and these to players seem like they aren't going to let it continue.

Despite the overtime loss, the Sabres do have points in five straight games.

The next start in Thursday in Ottawa when Jason Pominville will play in his 1000th NHL game.






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