“Happy Royal Blue New Year”
This a great quote from Mr. Dunleavy after one of the more exciting come-from-behind wins versus the number one team in the NHL in an afternoon game to kick off the New Year’s Eve celebrations.
In the first period, Mr. Luukkonen played a huge role early, and with good stick work from the entire team, Mr. Thompson was able to score to tie the game at one assisted by Mr. Skinner who currently has earned a 10-game 17 points streak.
The second period was filled with blood in the first eight minutes as a deflected puck struck a fan in the head requiring bandages, (I did not see any netting), and Mr. Krebs participated in his first NHL fight resulting in his head bleeding onto the ice.
Before the carnage began in the second period Mr. Tuch scored his 16th goal of the year at the 17:57 mark allowing the Sabres to start the third period up 2-1.
In the third period, Boston literally shoots half of their game’s SOG (19) and went up 3-2 with 7:35 remaining 52 seconds later Buffalo is whistled for a four-minute penalty then four seconds later another two-minute penalty to be down 5 on 3 for two minutes.
Buffalo’s penalty killers along with Mr. Luukkonen making a game-saving pad save on Mr. Pasta himself killed off the penalties, Buffalo proceeds to pull the goalie, and with 1:45 remaining in the game, Mr. Dahlin makes a block/save on Mr. Pastrnak’s shot at the empty net.
Then Mr. Dahlin shoots the puck all the way to the opposite end boards where the puck rebounded off the dashboard to near the center of the left faceoff circle to Mr. Tuch who deftly touch passes it to Mr.Cozens whose shot beats the goalie for the 3-3 tie with 97 seconds remaining.
In overtime, Mr. Cozens stripped the puck from Mr. Burgeron, skated from the Buffalo zone deep into Boston territory while double teamed dropped the puck back to Mr. Tuch in the slot who patiently avoided two defenders before snapping a greasy wrister with 67 seconds remaining for the win.
Buffalo is now riding a six-game winning streak and looks to make it seven tonight on the road in Canada’s capital versus the Ottawa Senators.