Gamenight: Sabres 1 - Golden Knights 1

October 17, 2017
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The Buffalo Sabres, coming off a 3-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks, make their first ever trip to play the Vegas Golden Knights. Vegas has been a great story to start the season, they're 4-1, with just one loss coming to the Detroit Red Wings. No Marc-Andre Fleury for the Knights, so Malcolm Subban gets another start in net. Chad Johnson gets his second straight start for the Sabres.

No Jacob Josefson in the lineup for Buffalo, Zemgus Girgensons replaces him as the 4th line center, and Kyle Okposo takes his spot in the lineup.

The Sabres got on the board first with a powerplay goal by Ryan O'Reilly. Jason Pominville drew the penalty on David Perron, who obstructed Pominville from getting to the puck in the corner. O'Reilly made him pay, with a wrist shot from the top of the circle, that beat Subban on the blocker side. Matt Moulson supplied the screen in front.

The Golden Knights would get a chance to respond quickly. Just over a minute later, Benoit Pouliot took a penalty, giving Vegas the man advantage. They would put on lots of pressure for almost the entirety of the powerplay, but couldn't beat Chad Johnson. Zemgus Girgensons blocked a shot with his lower leg, he had difficulty getting to his feet and limped to the bench.

Immediatley afterwards, the Sabres created pressure with a speedy line of Jack Eichel, Justin Bailey, and Benoit Pouliot. Eichel would draw a holding penalty on Vegas center Cody Eakin. The Sabres would get some good chances from their 2nd unit, but were not able to capitalize.

The Golden Knights would tie the game with just over five minutes to go in the first. A turnover at center ice by Rasmus Ristolainen led to a 2 on 1. Reilly Smith got the pass through to Oscar Lindberg who buried the puck in the back of the net to tie the game at 1.

Game Summary

Goal Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 6:24 - Ryan O'Reilly (1) PP (Evander Kane)
VGK: 14:15 - Oscar Lindberg (3) (Reilly Smith, William Karlsson)


Second Period:

BUF:
VGK:


Third Period:

BUF:
VGK:

 

Penalty Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 7:11 - Benoit Pouliot (2min., slashing)
VGK: 5:50 - David Perron (2min., interference). 9:40 - Cody Eakin (2min., holding)


Second Period:

BUF:
VGK:


Third Period:

BUF:
VGK:


Shots on Goal:

BUF - 8 ; VGK - 9


Power Play Summary:

BUF: 0 for 0 (0%)
VGK: 0 for 0 (0%)