The Buffalo Sabres finally added a “W” to the win column on Tuesday night. It took 1:46 into overtime for the Sabres to secure their first win this early season. Dylan Cozens fired home the winning wrister past former Sabres goalie Jonas Johansson.
The Sabres broke out to a 1-0 lead with Zemgus Girgensons with a sweet wrister from the left circle for his first of the season. The assists went to Tyson Jost and Mattias Samuelsson at 08:57 of the opening period.
With less than five minutes left in the period, Jeff Skinner took a beauty of a pass from defenseman Owen Power, who roofed a wrist shot, giving the Sabres a 2-0 lead. Alex Tuch also assisted on the goal. After the first session, SOG was led by Buffalo 11-8.
Tampa Bay forward Brandon Hagel scored his first of two with less than three minutes left in the second frame. The second tally was the tying goal, which trickled in with .07 left in the third period. What should’ve been a Sabres win ended up being a Lightning buzzer-beater. So on to overtime, the teams went. Buffalo held the edge in shots after three periods, 29-25.
It was the first time the Sabers needed the extra session this season. Center Dylan Cozens took back what his team had lost with seconds left in regulation time. It only took 1:46 to solidify his team’s first win this season.
Rookie Goaltender Devon Levi stopped 21 shots to earn his first win in his 3rd straight start.
The Sabres will now move on to Thursday night with a rare home matchup with the Calgary Flames. The puck drops at 7:00 p.m.