Gamenight: Sabres and Hurricanes scoreless after one

December 15, 2017

The Sabres are right back to the ice after a one-goal loss in Philadelphia last night. The blue and gold welcome the Carolina Hurricanes to town, and the two teams are scoreless in the first period. Check back throughout the game for updates.

First Period

15:46 - Jack Eichel tries to make his presence known by making thr Carolina defense look slow and old, skating circles around them. He made a nice pass into the slot, but Jason Pominville could not bury the chance. There were a handful of bodies that made the chance difficult. Good chance right away against a team that has left a lot wanting from their blue line.

12:09 - Kyle Okposo took the first penalty of the night when he was called for hooking. He hauled down Jordan Staal in the defensive zone. However, the blue and gold did a great job of penalty killing, not even giving up a scoring chance. The Hurricanes have five shots on goal, but Chad Johnson has not been overly tested with any of them.

6:36 - Just one shot on goal for the Sabres during their power play with Justin Faulk in the box. Would have liked to see a little more puck movement and shots towards the net. However, I have to give the Hurricanes credit for a few blocked shots and clogged shooting lanes. Hudson Fasching is back in the lineup tonight and was doing a good job of standing in front of the net and making life difficult for Cam Ward in his crease.

3:40 - Buffalo heads back to the power play after Brock McGinn crashed into Johnson in the blue ice. Zach Bogosian and Nathan Beaulieu both went right at the two Carolina players that were around the crease. We have said far too many times that the Sabres do not protect one another, that was not one of those instances. This team certainly stands up for one another when needed.

End of Period

Goal Summary

BUF: none
CAR: none

Penalty Summary

BUF: 5:50 - Kyle Okposo (2 min., hooking). 19:15 - Zemgus Girgensons (2 min., hooking). 20:00 - Nathan Beaulieu (2 min., slashing)
CAR: 11:24 - Justin Faulk (2 min., hooking). 16:20 - Brock McGinn (2 min., goaltender interference). 19:15 - Jeff Skinner (2 min., embellishment)

Shots on Goal

BUF - 12, CAR - 7