The Sabres came into their game tonight in Carolina on a three game win streak that ended with a 5-3 Hurricanes win.
The first period of tonight’s game was wildly entertaining. Jacob Bryson opened the scoring for the Sabres early in the game just 28 seconds into the game. Sebastian Aho answered back and tied it up for Carolina 8:07 into the period. Less than two minutes later, 10:06 into the period, Victor Olofsson scored his ninth of the season with a great shot to give the Sabres the lead back. Not long after, it was a tie game once again as Aho ripped a beautiful shot from the left circle to tie it up for the Canes on the power play on his second goal of the game with 7:15 left in the first. One of the best periods of hockey I’ve watched this season.
After the high scoring first, we only saw one goal in the second as Marty Necas gave the Hurricanes their first lead of the game 3:58 into the second period.
The Sabres had some good chances in the beginning of the third but Carolina got on the board first with Jesperi Kotkaniemi slipping the puck past Craig Anderson. With 2:14 left, Sebastian Aho went on a breakaway with the Sabres net empty as the hats rained down. As the clock ran out, Rasmus Dahlin scored with 0.1 seconds to make it a 5-3 final.
FINAL: Sabres 3, Hurricanes 5
Solid game with a very fun start but a disappointing ending. Carolina’s a great team that’s a cup contender in my eyes. They were just a better team than the Sabres tonight, as I expected they would be. The Sabres power play stalled, they took a lot of penalties tonight and still have a ways to go. But these games are to be expected from a team this young. Let’s bounce back tomorrow night against Tampa.
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