Gamenight: Sabres and Hurricanes scoreless in first period

November 18, 2017

The Sabres begin a four-game homestand wrapped around Thanksgiving, hosting the Carolina Hurricanes. Both teams are scoreless in the first period, check back throughout the game for updates.

First Period

17:20 - A really bad turnover in their own zone turned into a quality scoring chance in the slot for Carolina, but a good block by Justin Falk to make up for the mistake nearly resulted in a goal at the other end. Jordan Nolan had a breakaway but missed the net with his shot. Kyle Criscuolo also did a nice job of selling out after what was not a good play initially. I talked about it in pregame, breaking out of their zone has dogged Buffalo all season long.

14:13 - Not ideal for Buffalo as Zemgus Girgensons shot the puck over the glass already on the penalty kill. The Sabres are down two men for the next 1:17.

12:26 - A very good job on the special teams by the blue and gold allows the team to kill off both penalties, and not really face much pressure in the process. Carolina had one chance late in the 5-on-4 on a shot-pass wide of the net, but Chad Johnson got himself into position, just in case.

8:27 - Buffalo still does not have a shot on goal in this game, but I do not feel like they have been dominated. Shots are 6-0 in favor of the Hurricanes this frame. 

4:51 - Another penalty for the Sabres; this time Victor Antipin goes to the box for holding. This period has been very boring, and it can get even worse if Carolina is able to score here. 

2:36 - The Bronx cheer goes up from the Sabres fan base as Evander Kane registers the first shot on goal for the team. Overall it is 8-1 Carolina.

Goal Summary

BUF: none
CAR: none

Penalty Summary

BUF: 4:49 - Kyle Okposo (2 min., hooking). 5:33 - Zemgus Girgensons (2 min., delay of game). 15:05 - Victor Antipin (2 min., holding)
CAR: none