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Sabres stun Sharks, win in overtime

Buffalo completes three-goal comeback when Evander Kane scores with 3:55 left

by Joe Yerdon / NHL.com Correspondent

BUFFALO -- Evander Kane scored his second goal of the game with 3:55 left in overtime to give the Buffalo Sabres a comeback 5-4 win against the San Jose Sharks at KeyBank Center on Tuesday.

Kane received a pass from Jack Eichel on a 2-on-1 and beat Sharks goalie Martin Jones for his 16th of the season.

"I saw [Eichel] come around the net and I knew just to get to the middle of the ice," Kane said. "He was going to beat his man and I was going to beat mine and he's able to feather one through and I was able to put it away."

The Sabres (22-21-10) trailed 4-1 in the third period before scoring three goals in 3:28 to tie the game.

 

WATCH: All Sharks vs. Sabres highlights

 

"That's probably the worst we've played and gotten a win, but in saying that, we never gave up and it's a huge win for us," Sabres right wing Kyle Okposo said. "We've got to get two points. We've been saying it for a couple months, we've got to find ways to win games and I guess that's one of the ways. We stuck with it and our power play came up with a couple big goals for us tonight and we were able to find a way."

Buffalo is 6-0-1 in its past seven home games and 17-1-1 against the Sharks all-time at home. The Sharks (33-17-4) ended a four-game road win streak.

Ryan O'Reilly made it 4-2 with a power-play goal 9:03 into the third. Kane followed that 2:33 later with his 15th of the season on a wraparound goal past Jones.

Video: SJS@BUF: Eichel, Kane combine for awesome game-winner

Sharks coach Peter DeBoer challenged the goal saying Sabres forward Tyler Ennis was offside, but video review was inconclusive and the goal stood.

"Usually when you score a goal, the longer it takes the worse it is," Kane said. "So I've had a third period disallowed offside goal before; I think the first game last year so those aren't ever fun, especially in the situation of the game, too. But I saw the replay and I was pretty confident it was going to be a goal."

Okposo's 17th goal came 55 seconds after Kane's goal to tie the game.

The Sabres took a 1-0 lead in the first period after Matt Moulson scored his 11th goal and ninth on the power play, but the Sharks scored four straight goals to take a 4-1 lead.

Joel Ward scored his sixth and Logan Couture scored his 19th in the first period followed by Melker Karlsson's seventh goal in the second. Joe Pavelski scored a power-play goal 6:07 into the third, his 18th of the season, to make it 4-1.

Video: SJS@BUF: Moulson helps the puck over the line for PPG

 

Goal of the game

Pavelski scored on a shot from a bad angle on a pass from Burns.

Video: SJS@BUF: Pavelski cranks slapper past Nilsson for PPG

 

Save of the game

Sabres goalie Anders Nilsson made a sprawling glove save against Pavelski 2:47 into the third period.

Video: SJS@BUF: Nilsson's sequence of solid saves

 

Highlight of the game

Okposo scored to force overtime after receiving a cross-ice pass from Sam Reinhart on a 3-on-2 rush.&

Video: SJS@BUF: Okposo powers game-tying goal past Jones

 

Unsung performance of the game

Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen played a game-high 28:56, including 4:12 on the penalty kill, and had an assist with three blocks.

 

They said it

"I felt like [Atlanta Falcons coach] Dan Quinn in the Super Bowl [on] Sunday. It was one of those games. Thank God it wasn't the Finals; it was a game in the middle of February. We found a way to get a point, but we couldn't have played a better road game for 45-50 minutes. We've got to learn a lesson there. We didn't manage the puck, we took some penalties, we gave up some odd-man attacks, all the things you don't want to do with the lead and it burned us." -- Sharks coach Peter DeBoer

 

"Yeah it's a 60-minute game. We've been on the other end of that one a couple of times this year. It's nice to be able to respond. We get a couple of goals after they score a power-play goal, we were able to get one on the power play and then we hem them in. Kane scores at the end of the power-play and we get the building going, get some energy in here after they were booing us off the ice and we win a game in overtime and everyone loves us again. It's interesting how that works." -- Sabres center Jack Eichel

 

Need to know

Buffalo is 12-1-3 in its past 16 home games against Western Conference opponents and 10-4-2 against the Western Conference this season. … Kane had his right hand wrapped in a towel after he crashed into the boards after scoring the game-winning goal. He said he was fine afterwards. … Forward Marcus Sorensen made his NHL debut for the Sharks and had an assist on Karlsson's goal for his first NHL point.

Video: SJS@BUF: Karlsson rockets a one-timer past Nilsson

 

What's next

Sharks: At the Boston Bruins on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; SN360, SNW, TVA Sports, NESN, CSN-CA, NHL.TV)

Sabres: Host the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; MSG-B, PRIME, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Sabres come back from three-goals down, win in OT

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