Sabres @ Blackhawks: 1/17/23 – Game Reactions/Recap

Last night the Sabres looked to bounce back from Monday’s dud of a game with a road trip to Chicago. They fell short in disappointing fashion in a game they actually played well in, losing 4-3 in overtime.

I know this is a bit late but I was exhausted and just wanted to go to bed once the game ended, so sue me.

The Sabres started off a bit slow in the first period and let Chicago score first. 8:41 into the game, the Sabres entire defense got drawn out to the boards and then got caught watching the puck, with Casey Mittelstadt missing his guy and leaving Connor Murphy wide open for the Hawks goal. Buffalo tied it up relatively quickly though as Victor Olofsson scored 12:15 into the first after some really good work by Tyson Jost down low. With just 6.9 seconds left in the first, Tage Thompson ended his five-game goal drought on a nice toe drag after a beautiful pass from Skinner to give the Sabres a 2-1 lead going into the first intermission. Solid first period for the Sabres and we were definitely the better team, but both teams looked a bit sloppy.

6:21 into the second period, Peyton Krebs got a breakaway and buried it past Mrazek for a shorthanded goal to put the Sabres up 3-1.

The Blackhawks quickly made it a one-goal game again just 1:34 into the third period with Philipp Kurashev tipping in Seth Jones’ shot from the point, making it 3-2. The Sabres had a lot of great scoring chances late in regulation, with 55.8 seconds left, Chicago scored which had clear goaltender interference, but the goal counted, giving us a tied up game at 3-3.

Chicago looked better than we did in overtime and shockingly didn’t score on a Max Domi breakaway. We got a good chance to win the game on a two on one where Casey Mittelstadt missed his shot rather than passing it to an open Tyson Jost, but that led to a two on one the other way. Tyler Johnson passed it over to Seth Jones, who buried the game winning 2:24 into OT.

Final: Sabres 3, Blackhawks 4

Lousy loss. Disappointing way to lose since we played pretty solid hockey tonight. We outshot the Blackhawks 33-26 and outplayed Chicago by an expected goal rate of 3.29-2.83.

Back in action at home tomorrow night with Ryan Miller night in KeyBank Center as #30 goes up to the rafters in Buffalo. I’ll be in attendance and can’t wait for the ceremony, hoping we’ll have a great win to follow.

Go Sabres.

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