Gamenight: Colorado takes 2-1 lead on Sabres in second period

February 11, 2018
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First Period

19:17 - AVALANCHE GOAL. It does not take the visitors long as they are able to use a long outlet pass to stretch the ice and get a 2-on-0 break in the offensive zone. Alexander Kerfoot notches his 13th goal of the year in the game's opening minute. 1-0 COL.

13:15 - Buffalo played pretty well in the minute or two after Colorado's goal, but they failed to convert on their chance. It came off the stick of Evander Kane, but Jonathan Bernier was up to the task to knock the puck away. Now Jordan Nolan heads to the penalty box for high sticking.

12:03 - SABRES GOAL. Well, it is the blue and gold that capitalize on the special teams chance in this opening period thanks to a hustle play. Ryan O'Reilly stayed with the puck and got it to the front of the net, Benoit Pouliot was the trailer on the play and slammed it into an open net to tie the game at one. 1-1 tie.

10:41 - AVALANCE GOAL. Now it is the visitor's turn to score short-handed as Rasmus Ristolainen has the puck get past hit at the blue line, and he does not have enough to catch up to Matt Nieto as he broke free and clear in the open ice and beats Robin Lehner to the top corner of the net for the goal. Not a good sequence for Buffalo on the power play. 2-1 COL.

1:12 - This has not been the cleanest of periods for either side. Colorado negated their own 5-on-3 chance with a face-off violation penalty. The teams are skating 4-on-4 for the next handful of seconds still.

End of Period

Goal Summary

BUF: 7:57 - Benoit Pouliot (11) SHG (Ryan O'reilly)
COL: 0:43 - Alexander Kerfoot (13) (Colin Wilson, Nikita Zadorov). 9:19 - Matt Nieto (10) SHG (unassisted)

Penalty Summary

BUF: 6:45 - Joran Nolan (2 min., high sticking). 15:52 - Marco Scandella (2 min., slashing). 17:42 - Scott Wilson (2 min., high sticking)
COL: 8:57 - Team (2 min., too many men on the ice). 17:42 - Team (2 min., face-off violation)

Shots on Goal

BUF - 7, COL - 13