Thursday Night Tilt against Division Rivals Montreal Canadiens went like many games the Sabres have played in this season. The Sabres found themselves behind 3 times on the night and down by 2 goals with less than 20 minutes to play. The story would have a happier ending though for Sabres Fans thanks too the hottest player in the NHL Thomas Vanek late game heroics.
The Game didn’t start out well for the Sabres when Tomas Plekanec scored his first of 2 goals on the night when he sniped Ryan Miller high blocker side 4:11 into the game. The Sabres would quickly tie the game 14 seconds later after a hard working shift was finished off by Steve Ott. The Game would stayed tie until the 7:29 left in the 2nd Period when a Brandon Gallagher wrist shot beat a screened Ryan Miller. For the 2nd Time on the Night the Sabres quickly answered 35 seconds later when Tyler Ennis got behind the Canadiens Defense and beat goalie Peter Budaj. One of Buffalo’s ugly heads would rear it self against at the end of the 2nd Period when a PK Subban shot squeaked by Miller on a 5 on 3 Power Play with 1:28 left in the Period. Montreal would take a 2 goal lead when Tomas Plekanec scored his 2nd of night when his shot went in off of Miller’s Blocker.
Thomas Vanek would lead the comeback netting a Power Play Goal with 13:03 left in the 3rd Period lifting a back-hand past a downed Budaj on the Power Play. Vanek would cap off the Comeback scoring with 2 seconds left on the clock in a wild rugby scrum in front of the net. The Game would go too a shootout Vanek and Canadiens Rookie Alex Galchenyuk scored in the first round of the shootout. Jason Pominville netted the Game Winner in the 3rd Round and Miller would stop Brian Gionta on the final attempt. Miller got his 4th win of the season making 26 saves on the night. Budaj got handed the overtime loss stopping 36 Sabres Shots.
The Sabres will look to build off tonight’s effort when they visit John Tavares and the New York Islanders on Saturday. Puck Drop is Schedule for 7:00 PM and can be seen on MSG HD.