Sabres Fall In Overtime For 5th Straight Loss at Home
The Buffalo Sabres have enough problems scoring against their opponents, but they make it doubly hard on themselves when they score into their OWN net. That's exactly what happened Tuesday night against the Anaheim Ducks in the third period when Ryan O'Reilly tried to clear the puck from in front of the Buffalo goal but it deflected off the stick of goaltender Robin Lehner and into the net to give the Anaheim Ducks its first lead of the game.
O'Reilly redeemed himself though when he scored with just 15 seconds left to play - this time into the Anaheim net. It forced overtime, but that's where the Sabres lost again 4-3 for their fifth straight loss at home.
Things got off to a good start when Zemgus Girgensons scored a shorthanded goal early in the first period for an early lead. That's the second shorthanded goal for Girgensons in three games and the Sabres 7th of the season.
After the Ducks tied it on the power play, the Sabres scored a power play goal of their own. Jack Eichel took a nice feed from Sam Reinhart and buried it for his 50th point of the season.
Then in the third period the Ducks got that lucky break on the deflection to take the lead for the first time in the game forcing the Sabres to pull the goaltender for an extra skater and it worked. But they couldn't pull it out in overtime.