Sabres – Blackhawks Review 1/5/17





1st Period

BUF: Marcus Foligno (6) unassisted

CHI: Ryan Hartman (7) unassisted

2nd Period

BUF: Kyle Okposo (12) assists, Ryan O’Reilly and Rasmus Ristolainen

CHI: Artem Anisimov (17) assists, Michal Kempny and Patrick Kane

3rd Period

BUF: Jack Eichel (8) assists, Ryan O’Reilly and Kyle Okposo

CHI: Artem Anisimov (18) assists, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith


CHI: Patrick Kane (12) assists, Jonathan Toews and Niklas Hjalmarsson


The Sabres just came off of a huge win over the New York Rangers and were looking to get back to back wins for the first time since December 16th coming off back to back wins against LA and the New York Islanders. Buffalo hasn’t beaten the Hawks in Chicago since 2007 and they haven’t beaten them at all since 2009.

Buffalo was completely outmatched in the 1st period. They were out shot 20-6 in the first but Anders Nilsson played fantastic to keep them in the game.

Just over 7 minutes in Marcus Foligno beat Corey Crawford to make it 1-0 on Buffalo’s 2nd shot of the game.

But with only a couple minutes left in the 1st Chicago’s 30th overall pick in 2013, Ryan Hartman scored for Chicago to tie the game at 1 heading into the 2nd period.

Zach Bogosian hurt his knee on a hit from Chicago’s Richard Panik but he did return later in the game. And Jake McCabe responded with a huge hit on Panik.

Bogosian also had a huge hit on Andrew Desjardins when he returned from his injury.

Late in the 2nd period Kyle Okposo scored his team leading 12th goal of the season on the powerplay. The Sabres have the 5th best powerplay in the NHL. Rasmus Ristolainen had a secondary assist on the goal and he is now 5th in the NHL for points from defenseman. He is in pretty good company with Brent Burns, Victor Hedman, Erik Karlsson, and Duncan Keith being the only 4 defenseman in the league who are ahead of him.

But just seconds later Artem Anisimov connected for his 17th goal of the season. For the second time of the game Buffalo has blown a one goal lead.

Buffalo would start the 3rd period on the powerplay and Jack Eichel received a fantastic pass from Ryan O’Reilly to give Buffalo the 3-2 lead.

Buffalo would hold on to the one goal lead up to the 17:56 mark of the 3rd and Artem Anisimov scored to tie the game and send it to overtime.

And Buffalo’s own Patrick Kane would score the overtime winner for his 3rd point of the night. Kane has been great against Buffalo in his career so far.

Buffalo will face the Winnipeg Jets tomorrow afternoon.

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