Stl-5 Buf-3 : Sabres score on 1st shot of the year as Taylor Hall buries a breakaway by Price. Late in the 1st, Bergenheim beats Bobrovsky twice in 1:13, but former Blue Phaneuf ties it at 2-2 after 1. 1st card of the 2nd Hall scores again, but from there it was all St Louis as Turris ties it-Stafford puts the Blues ahead – and Turris ices it with his 2nd goal of the game.
Buf-5 LA-3 : Despite being outshot 16-9 in each of the 1st 2 periods (and 43-30 for the game) the Sabres outscored the Kings 2-1 in each period and traded goals in the 3rd for Buffalo’s 1st win of the season.
Dal-4 Buf-2 : The Stars ran roughshod over the Sabres 16-2 in shots and 3-zip in goals in the 1st. The Sabres fought back to make it 3-2 after 2 periods, but Nick Backstrom (not the former Sabre netminder) scored his 2nd of the game midway thru the 3rd to ice the victory.
Buf-4 Phi-3 : Matt Read and Drew Doughty lit the lamp in the 1st and the Sabres were listless (again) and down 2-0 after one. Then a “too many men on the ice” penalty opened the door and Krug finally got one by Crawford and Desharnais tied it up 2-2 after 2. Desharnais scored again early in the 3rd, but Read scored his 2nd to knot it up once more. The GWG came off the stick of Pominville and 2 late penalties kept Philly from mounting any comeback.
Buf-8 NYI-4 : Early penalty on Brodin and Pominville converts on the PP. Next card-long bomb from outside by Niskanen and it’s 2-0 Buffalo. Next shift Pominville notches his 2nd its 3-0. Fisher and Plekanec answer for the Isles, but Brodin gets caught holding again and Shaw makes it 4-2 at 19:36 of the 1st. Early 2nd Hall breaks in -GR-7 on the goalie-score-NO WAIT Bernier’s gone- that’s Hiller in net BIG SAVE. Next shift Hudler says Mr Hall this is how its done on that guy, now its 5-2 Sabres. Steen tallies, but Shaw answers and its 6-2 after 2. Shaw completes his HAT TRICK (2nd of the round WOW) and d-men Fowler and Niskanen exchange tallies to make the final 8-4. Bobrovsky saw 14 GR stopping 10 of them. Isles goalies were 3 of 7 on ratings. Guess I hit a few numbers, EH!