After defeating the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 in overtime on Tuesday, breaking a five game losing streak, the Buffalo Sabres (19-9-4) stayed at home and invited the Arizona Coyotes (13-15-2) to come over and play some hockey. This game started off with fireworks but mellowed out in the middle and into the final minutes.
46 seconds into the game, the Coyotes gift wrapped a pass to Conor Sheary in the neutral zone. Sheary then passed it along to Casey Mittlestadt behind him which then led Mitt’s to blast the puck past the goaltender to put the Sabres up 1-0.
The Sabres were not done yet. At six minutes, Sam Reinhart passed along the puck to Jack Eichel. From there, Eichel had one Coyote to beat as he was racing toward the Arizona goalie. He then checked to see if his buddy Jeff Skinner was around. Sure enough, Skinner was only a few strides behind, all alone, in the middle of the ice. Eichel wrapped a pass to Skinner who wristed a shot to give Buffalo a 2-0 lead.
The Yotes would respond just 20 seconds later to cut the lead 2-1. This score would stick all through the second period and into the third.
Six and half minutes into the final period, Evan Rodrigues would extend Buffalo’s lead 3-1. Rodrigues would pick up the puck in the neutral zone on another Arizona turnover. As he charged toward the goal on the right side, he fired a shot left corner and lit the lamp.
The Coyotes could not find an answer, and Buffalo stood victorious as they won back to back games. After a four game homestand, they will play back to back road games on Saturday and Sunday when they face off against the reigning Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals and a really tough Boston Bruins team. Go Sabres!