Gameday: New Jersey leads Sabres 2-0 in first period

October 9, 2017

The Buffalo Sabres are still in search of their first win of the season. This afternoon they are on the ice, hosting the New Jersey Devils. An early first period goal has given the Devils a 1-0 lead over Buffalo.

First Period

16:54 - Today's game has a good pace to it early on with both teams looking to move the puck quickly and transition to the offensive zone. I know what New Jersey was for about a twenty year stretch, but they are no longer the slow, boring wasteland in NJ. With Taylor Hall, and top overall pick Nico Hischier the Devils have speed and offense slowly working back into their game.

13:32 - DEVILS GOAL. A fluky bounce created by a good offensive possession results in the first goal of the game for the visitors. Stefan Noeson is credited with the game's first goal after the puck hit him as he was crashing the front of the net. It counts regardless. 1-0 NJ.

10:34 - There are already eight shots on goal this period, with NJ holding a 5-3 advantage. We heard from Phil Housley talk about quality over quantity on Thursday, and that is what we saw on Saturday. I bet the bench boss would like to see a happy medium. He will have to wait at least two minutes with Kyle Okposo being called for tripping. It looked like a weak call, but he will sit none the less.

8:21 - Nice penalty kill but Buffalo. Save one early chance that rang off of the goal post, they did not let up anything in front of Chad Johnson. We talked about the gaoltender on pregame and how he did not come to Buffalo with the given that he was going to be a backup. It will be interesting to see if Robin Lehner struggles, if Johnson is able to take over.

4:42 - Buffalo has had the better of the possession lately, but really they needed to tie the score while they had the opportunity. It seems like they are taking with Housley said to heart and looking for the perfect play early on. This would be a good time for Evander Kane to just get inside the offensive zone and see if he can create something with a shot from the outside. 

1:04 - DEVILS GOAL. Brian Gibbons is able to stand at the front of the net by himself, and Nico Hischier puts the puck right on his stick for the game's second goal. Solid play by the rookie to protect the puck, and a tough play for Matt Tennyson. 2-0 NJ.

End of Period

Goal Summary

BUF: none

NJ: 6:28 - Stefan Noeson (1) (Brian Gibbons). 18: 56 - Brian Gibbons (1) (Nico Hischier, Marcus Johansson)

Penalty Summary

BUF: 9:26 - Kyle Okposo (2 min., tripping)

NJ: none

Shots on Goal

BUF: 6, NJ: 8