Gameday: Reinhart scores, Sabres trail Rangers 2-1 in second period

January 1, 2018

The Sabres and New York Rangers have been building up to the 2018 Winter Classic, and the two teams have taken to the ice at Citi Field. They are scoreless in the first period, check back throughout the game for updates.

First Period

19:19 - An early test for the blue and gold with Zach Bogosian taking a roughing minor penalty. He was called for the incfraction after colliding with Mika Zibanejad on the game's first shift.

17:05 - Buffalo kills off the early penalty, but it was not for a lack of Rangers' scoring chances. Robin Lehner had to be good, including a right pad save on a crashing Rick Nash at the net. Lehner looks good, does not appear to be dealing with any sunlight issues early on.

15:51 - RANGERS GOAL. Some bad defensive zone play by the blue and gold results in the game's first goal. Paul Carey was left alone in the slot, and the center was able to puck a shot underneath the arm of Robin Lehner. The hometown New York crowd came out of their seats on that goal. Not a good first four minutes for Buffalo. 1-0 NYR.

13:16 - You can see the sunlight was not an issue during warmups in our picture above, right now the shadows are starting to creep onto the ice: 

The current sunlight situation, during the media timeout. #Sabres

— Pat Malacaro (@PatWGR) January 1, 2018

11:34 - RANGERS GOAL. Buffalo's defense lays off Kevin Hayes as he comes down the left wing side of the ice, he glides to the net with a spin-o-rama and banks the puck off of Robin Lehner. Michael Grabner was at the other side of the crease to slam home to lose puck. This has been a real slow, sloppy start for Buffalo. 2-0 NYR.

6:01 - A Buffalo power play is upcoming, Brendan Smith is called for hauling down Jordan Nolan in the Sabres' zone. It would be good here if Buffalo could get a goal and get something positive going their way.

4:06 - Evander Kane took an errant high stick right to the bridge of the nose and is bloodied, but up and off the ice on his own power. Zibanejad is the one who clipped him and it was the follow through so there was no penalty.

Goal Summary

BUF: none
NYR: 4:09 - Paul Carey (5) (Jesper Fast, Boo Nieves). 8:20 - Michael Grabner (18) (Kevin Hayes, J.T. Miller)

Penalty Summary

BUF: 0:38 - Zach Bogosian (2 min., roughing)
NYR: 13:59 - Brendan Smith (2 min., tripping). 17:27 - Kevin Hayes (2 min., hooking). 19:37 - Nick Holden (2  min., holding)

Shots on Goal

BUF - 13, NYR - 16