GAMENIGHT: Sharks 3, Sabres, 2

October 12, 2017

The Buffalo Sabres begin their west coast road trip in a funk to start their season, starting 0-2-1 in their first three games. The Sabres start their road trip versus the San Jose Sharks, a team they have had great success against in the last decade. 

However, an early power play goal from Tomas Hertl led to the Sharks taking a quick 1-0 lead over Buffalo. Marco Scandella took a slashing penalty just 36 seconds into the game, and the Sabres would fail to kill a penalty for the first time this season. Tomas Hertl was parked next to the net, and the point shot from Kevin Labanc found Hertl's stick. 

The Sabres would respond thanks to nice passing from Zemgus Girgensons and Jack Eichel got the puck to Jason Pominville for Pominville's third of the season to tie the game at 1. Girgensons used his speed to get past the defense and drop a pass to Eichel, who quickly dished it to Pominville. The Sharks re-gained the lead on a goal from Chris Tierney on a great pass from Joonas Donskoi. Donskoi was behind the net and fed the pass to Tierney crashing the net, putting the Sharks up 2-1. The Sabres drew a penalty late in the first period, as Benoit Pouliot drew the slash from San Jose's Tim Heed. Buffalo could not score on the power play, ending the period trailing 2-1. 

The second period saw another early penalty, as Evander Kane would go for elbowing, but the Sabres would kill it off. Pominville scored his second of the night on another impressive pass from Eichel, tying the game at 2. Buffalo had a 47-second two-man advantage, but the Sharks would kill both penalties off, and then take the lead again, 3-2, thanks to Timo Meier's first of the season. The teams would trade chances for the rest of the period, but San Jose ended the second period the same way as the first, leading by 1. 



0-0 TIE: Sabres penalty (0:36) - Marco Scandella takes a slashing penalty on the game's first shift, putting the Sabres on the penalty kill within the first minute. 

1-0 SJ: Sharks GOAL (2:15) - Tomas Hertl is camped next to the net on the power play, making for an easy tap in on the power play. 
      Goal: Hertl (1), Assists: Labanc (1), Boedker (1)

1-1 TIE: Sabres GOAL (12:16) - Girgensons uses speed to draw defenders, Eichel spins the pass to Pominville to tie the game. 
      Goal: Pominville (3), Assists: Eichel (3), Girgensons (1)

2-1 SJ: Sharks GOAL (15:11) - A great feed from Donskoi behind the net finds Tierney, who gives the Sharks the lead again. 
      Goal: Tierney (1), Assists: Donskoi (1), Meier (1)



BUF: Pominville (3)
SJ: Hertl (1) PP; Tierney (1)


BUF: Scandella - Slashing (0:36)
SJ: Heed - Slashing (18:02)


2-1 SJ: Sabres penalty (3:33) - Evander Kane goes to finish a check, but his arms are up and his elbow catches up high. Kane goes to the box for elbowing. 

2-2 TIE: Sabres GOAL (6:50) - Jason Pominville has his second goal of the game, thanks to a laser pass from Jack Eichel to bring Buffalo back to a tie game. 
      Goal: Pominville (4), Assists: Eichel (4), Girgensons (2)

2-2 TIE: Sharks penalty (9:05) - Braun is called for tripping Girgensons, even though it looks as if the Sabre forward was already on his way to the ice. 

2-2 TIE: Sharks penalty (10:18) - Burns trips Seth Griffith, giving the Sabres a 2-man advantage

2-2 TIE: The Sharks kill both penalties, including a 47 second 5-on-3 advantage for Buffalo. 

3-2 SJ: Sharks GOAL (14:30) - Timo Meier finds a rebound to the right of the net and fires it home for San Jose's third lead of the evening.
      Goal: Meier (4), Assists: Donskoi (2), Tierney (2)


BUF: Pominville (4)
SJ: Meier (1)


BUF: Kane - Elbowing (3:33)
SJ: Braun - Tripping (9:05); Burns - Tripping (10:18)

Sabres - 20
Sharks - 18