Period-by-Period Recap: Eichel, Sabres top Flames in overtime.

Sabres rebound from big loss in Edmonton on Monday.

Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images

The Calgary Flames have won five games in a row and faced a struggling Buffalo Sabres squad the was embarrassed on Monday night with a 7-2 loss against Edmonton.

Jack Eichel scores the game winning goal in overtime to beat the Flames Wednesday night in Calgary. Evan Rodriques, Rasmus Dahlin and Jake McCabe also scored for the Sabres while Linus Ullmark made 30 saves on 33 shots.

Johnny Gaudreau, Matthew Tkachuk and Noah Hanifin scored for the Flames as David Rittich made 19 saves.

“We stuck with it for 60 and then in overtime,” said Eichel.

“Everyone contributing, it’s a great win.”

Period 1

Not a lot of momentum pushes by either team in the first period.

Calgary scores on the power-play with 0.5 seconds remaining, breaking a 0-0 tie, heading into the first intermission.

Calgary Buffalo
Shots 11 13
Hits 6 8
Takeaways 2 0
Giveaways 7 5
Blocked Shots 7 1

Period 2

With 16 seconds into the period Ullmark gives the puck up from playing it behind his net, but rushes back to make a sprawling save.

Sabres looking for something to build off of, they go on the power-play less than 13 left in the third period.

As the Sabres power play expires in the Buffalo zone, the defense gave up the puck in the slot, but the Calgary forward shot it wide.

Seconds later, Rodriques jumps off the bench and Casey Mittelstadt sends him a perfect pass up center ice all alone and burys one home to tie the game at 1-1.

“I said it last game. Sometimes those games [like the loss in Edmonton] make you come together even more and I think it showed today. We battled throughout the whole game. We went down a couple of times. They tied it late and we stuck with it. The bench was as positive as it’s been all year. It was a tough one on Monday but we learned a lesson from it, and it showed tonight,”said Rodriques.

Jeff Skinner flies around the offensive zone and shoots one right into the glove of Rittich from the corner boards.

Tage Thompson is displaying his stick handling skills, getting the puck up ice, and getting a quality scoring chance in front of the crease.

Buffalo Calgary
Shots 9(20) 8(21)
Hits 10 11
Takeaways 1 11
Giveaways 14 13
Blocked Shots 10 11

Period 3

With the Flames on the power play, they take the 2-1 lead with over 13 minutes to go in the third period. Tkachuk working hard up front knocked one in on Ullmarks doorstep for his 24th tally of the season, who is now on a 4-game point streak.

Dahlin gets redemption for taking a penalty on Calgary’s previous goal, and gets his fifth of the year on a long shot from near the blue line tying the game at 2-2 with less than 12 minutes remaining in regulation. Jack Eichel carried the puck up the right wing, then passed it behind the net to Sam Reinhart, who then passed up the to Dahlin at the blue line on the left wing.

“We came together as a group and we figured out how we should play. It’s great for our confidence and the future,” said Dahlin.

The Sabres gain their first lead of the game 10:56 into the third period, with a goal by defensemen McCabe that goes stick side low for his fourth goal of the season making it 3-2.

Hanafin takes his shot from the point and ties the game up at 3-3 with 8:26 to go in regulation.

Buffalo Calgary
Shots 2(23) 12(33)
Hits 16 14
Takeaways 5 17
Giveaways 20 18
Blocked Shots 14 12

Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images

Overtime

Eichel did not see the bench during the entire overtime. I think Calgary thought he was tired, and didn’t have the legs to make a move to the net.

Taking the puck up the right wing, Eichel looks over to his left, then turns on the jets and speeds to the net for his overtime game-winning goal 1:10 into overtime to beat the Flames 4-3.

“I think as a group we probably weren’t the most confident after losing 7-2 in Edmonton. But I think when you just put your head down and work like we did tonight it just goes to show what you can do. This is a game we should use moving forward as a building block of what we can do every night to give ourselves the best chance to win,” said Eichel.

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By |2019-01-18T15:00:30+00:00January 17th, 2019|

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