Period-by-Period Recap: Reinhart, Sabres top Wild in shootout.

Sabres rebound from embarrassing loss on Saturday.

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Sam Reinhart scored the game winning goal in the shootout to beat the Wild, Tuesday night in Buffalo. Evan Rodrigues, C.J. Smith, Rasmus Dahlin and Reinhart scored for the Sabres while Linus Ullmark made 37 saves on 41 shoots. The Sabres Captain Jack Eichel had 9 shots on goal and two assists.

Jared Spurgeon, Charlie Coyle and Zach Parise scored for Minnesota, while Devan Dubnyk stoped 30 of 32 shots.

The Sabres rebound from hitting rock bottom, with their 7-3 defeat to the Chicago Blackhawks at home on Saturday night. Coach Phil Housely shuffled the lines from top to bottom, in what looks like an attempt to find chemistry in lines two through four.

The Sabres called up Smith from Rochester and placed fourth liner Remi Elie on waivers in hopes to ignite a spark under this team that has struggled to find their game since their 10-game winning streak ended weeks ago.

Period 1

Rodrigues continues to be the hot hand, as he scores his fifth goal in the last seven games on the power play, taking the 1-0 lead 4:31 into the first period.

Jack Eichel gets a great quality chance skating up the right wing and going to the crease switching to forehand-backhand-forehand, but credit to Dubnyk for staying right with him and coming up strong for the Wild at the end of the first.

Wild Buffalo
Shots 10 11
Hits 5 7
Takeaways 1 5
Giveaways 3 7
Blocked Shots 4 1

Period 2

The Wild applied most of the pressure in the first half of the second period, putting the Sabres on their heels. Spurgeon scored his ninth of the season with a wrist shot tying the game at 1-1.

The Sabres would only lose their lead for about a minute, when Smith took a beautiful pass from Reinhart for a wide open tap-in on the rush.

Getting secondary scoring, from the rookie seemed to give the Sabres a jump. There playing a little desperate, but giving the Wild plenty of room in their own end.

Dahlin would get his sixth of the season on a power play 11:32 into the second period.  However, two minutes later Spurgeon would score his second of the night making it 2-3 with about six minutes remaining in the second. Buffalo is 2-for-2 on the power play.

The Wild continue to put the pressure on, tallying 19 shots in the second period alone. With all that zone time, the Wild tied the game once again at 3-3 with a hard working, just whack at it goal, by Coyle for his 10th of the year with less than three minutes to go in the second.

The period ends with all the momentum on the Wild side, tied up at 3-3.

Wild Buffalo
Shots 19 (29) 10 (22)
Hits 8 14
Takeaways 1 10
Giveaways 6 13
Blocked Shots 5 4

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Period 3

Couch Housley switched it up again, rejoining Eichel with Jeff Skinner and Jason Pominville.

Skinner got into a heated argument with Marcus Foligno at center ice, before a face-off, five minutes into the third period. Then Foligno, hip checked Lawrence Pilut into the bench for a nasty collision.

As the Sabres kept the puck into the zone, getting it deep, Reinhart, scored his 13th of the season taking the lead once again at 4-3, just 6:25 into the period.

With less than two minutes to go in the third, the Wild tie the game at 4-4, with a goal by Parise, for his 21st of the season.

Wild Buffalo
Shots 13 (45) 11 (39)
Hits 14 20
Takeaways 3 13
Giveaways 11 17
Blocked Shots 9 12

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Overtime

Plenty of action in OT for the hometown fans at both ends, with the shots-on-goal going 4-3 in favor of Buffalo, with Eichel getting 3 of them and ending up with 9 SOGs for the night. Speaking of fans you could hear large boos of displeasure for a no-call on Skinner for interference, then another no-call at the end of the extended frame.

A huge mistake that almost ended the game, was when Vladimir Sobotka simply gave the puck up in the left faceoff circle, but the untimely giveaway never ended up being a scoring chance, and a stoppage of play gave fans and players a sigh of relief.

Shootout

The only player to score on both teams with the game-winner Reinhart. He took the straight down the middle approach and snuck it by Dubnyk for the Sabres third attempt.

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By |2019-02-06T19:44:40+00:00February 6th, 2019|

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