Buffalo Sabres rally to defeat Edmonton Oilers 3-2 in overtime

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Jack Eichel scored on a penalty shot 1:09 into overtime to give the Buffalo Sabres a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers Thursday night.

The Oilers jumped out to a 2-0 lead with goals 1:54 apart in the first period. Riley Sheahan banged in a loose puck off a deflection for his fourth of the season. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins rifled home a rebound for his ninth.

“I liked that we played a strong first period, but I knew we were going to have to raise our level after that and we just didn’t,” head coach Dave Tippett said after the game.

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“You get yourself to overtime and anything can happen. Decent start but our coverage in front of the net, I think, was not adequate tonight and we turned a lot of pucks over.”

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Curtis Lazar got one back for Buffalo and the Oilers were up 2-1 after one.

Mike Smith was the best Oiler in the second period, stopping Zemgus Girgensons, who walked in on a two-on-one. Later, he made a glove save on Victor Olofsson on a breakaway.

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San Reinhart deflected a puck past Smith to tie it 3:53 into the third.

In overtime, Eichel pulled away from Oscar Klefbom, who fouled Eichel from behind in front of the Oilers goal. Eichel ripped a shot past Smith’s glove on the penalty shot to end it.

“He’s a good player, makes a good play, try and defend it and the ref makes a call, that’s the way it goes,” said Oilers’ captain Connor McDavid on Eichel’s penalty shot.

LISTEN BELOW: Connor McDavid on Eichel’s penalty shot

The Oilers, 21-17-5, will play in Boston on Saturday. The game is on 630 CHED with the Face-off Show at 9:30 a.m. The game will start at 11 a.m.

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Edmonton Oilers look to return to winning ways in 2020
Edmonton Oilers look to return to winning ways in 2020