Buffalo sporting their black & red sweaters dispatched Minnesota in their first contest of a four-game homestand.
Mr. Olofsson scores the lone goal of the opening period to give Buffalo the 1-0 lead as Mr. Dahlin in his 313th game earned his 200th point with his 30th assist.
The second period six-goal outburst on 29 SOG combined efforts had power plays, 5 on 3, lead changes, and a period-ending goal as the period began with Mr. Thompson’s 31st goal of the season.
92 seconds later Mr. Dahlin scores his 11th of the season and a 3-2 Buffalo lead soon after Mr. Dahlin’s helmet is “knocked” off and Buffalo awarded a power play Mr. Cozens scores his 13th and the Sabres are up 4-2.
After Minnesota scored the last goal of the second period former Sabres player Mr. Foligno potted his 4th of the season 26 seconds into the third period tying the game for the Wild at four apiece.
Just over seven minutes later Minnesota scores on the power play for the 5-4 lead but Buffalo sticks to their game and outshot the Wild for the third period as Mr. Dahlin scores with 2:24 remaining sending the contest into OT.
In the overtime session, Mr. Mittlestadt was a beast as he took the puck before the center red line skated it into the Minnesota zone, turned back along the dasher board, then passes to a zone-rushing Mr. Dahlin.
Mr. Dahlin’s shot is deflected back towards the top of the faceoff circle where Mr. Mittlestadt picked up the puck instantly passing to a wide-open Mr. Olofsson who snipes it top right corner for his second of the night and the win.
This was UPL’s sixth victory in a row and the Sabres have back-to-back home games hosting Philadelphia on Monday and Seattle on Tuesday night.