Gameday: Sabres lead Vegas 4-1 in second period

October 08, 2018 - 3:01 pm

Paul Stastny was called for slashing less than a minute into the game, giving Buffalo the first power play chance of the afternoon. The Sabres recorded three shots on goal, but failed to score. Stastny was again called for slashing just ahead of the six minute mark in the first period to put the blue and gold back on the man advantage.

Jack Eichel buried a chance on a one-timer from Rasmus Ristolainen to capitalize on the power play late in the first. It was Eichel's second goal in as many games, and came on Buffalo's ninth shot of the frame. Kyle Okposo was credited with an assist in addition to Ristolainen for his pass that helped set up the goal.

The Golden Knights recorded 11 shots in the opening period, but Carter Hutton stopped all 11. It is the third straight game that the netminder has started for the team.

Eichel doubled the lead after using a backhand deke to score his second goal of the game. Eichel's third goal of the year made the score 2-0 Buffalo, and was assisted by Sam Reinhart and Conort Sheary.

Vegas answered back to halve the deficit to 2-1 midway through the middle stanza. Eric Haula was credited with the goal after receiving a pass in te offensive zone by William Karlsson. The shot made it through traffic and into the net. Karlsson and Jonathan Marchessault were credited with assists on the goal. 

Buffalo wasted no time re-gaining their two goal lead. Off of a face-off Marco Scandella took a shot from the point that hit off of Patrik Berglund and ended up in the net. Scandella and Okposo recieved the assists. The lead ballooned to three when Jason Pominville buried his first goal of the season. The tally came on just the third shot of the period by Buffalo. Evan Ridrigues and Zemgus Girgensons assisted on the goal that made it 4-1.

Goal Summary

First Period

BUF: 14:31 - Jack Eichel (2) PPG (Rasmus Ristolainen, Kyle Okposo)
VGK: none

Second Period

BUF: 4:58 - Jack Eichel (3) (Sam Reinhart, Conor Sheary). 8:15 - Patrik Berglund (1) (Marco Scandella, Kyle Okposo). 9:43 - Jasom Pominville (1) (Evan Rodrigues, Zemgus Girgensons)
VGK: 7:48 - Eric Haula (1) (William Karlsson, Jonathan Marchessault)

Penalty Summary

First Period

BUF: none
VGK: 0:54 - Paul Stastny (2 min., slashing). 13:45 - Paul Stastny (2 min., slashing)

Shots on Goal

BUF - 10, VGK - 11

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