BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -Tyler Myers scored 4:37 into overtime to lift the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night.
Myers took defenseman Dan Hamhuis' giveaway in the slot and put a wrist shot past goalie Cory Schneider for the winner.
Tyler Ennis, Cody McCormick and Steve Montador also scored for the Sabres (7-9-3), who won for the second straight time at home after going winless in their first seven games in Buffalo. ...more.
The Sabres went to overtime for the fifth straight game and played a frantic extra session that featured several scoring chances by each team. With just 23 seconds remaining, Tyler Myers capitalized on a Vancouver turnover by picking up a loose puck in the slot and firing it past Canucks goalie Cory Schneider to give Buffalo its second straight home victory.
Fresh off a two-goal game on Saturday, Thomas Vanek collected two assists, a +3 rating and took a game-high seven shots on goal to help lead the Sabres to another overtime victory. He also made a critical play that did not show up on the score sheet. With the clock winding down in overtime, it was Vanek who pressured Vancouver defenseman Dan Hamhuis to help create the turnover that led to Myers’ game-winning goal.
These past five games I think we’ve done a pretty good job of playing a 60 minute game – 65 minute game – but we’re happy with the way things are going right now, we just need to make sure we stay as consistent as we can. - Tyler Myers
- For the fifth straight game, the Sabres needed extra time to decide the outcome, marking the longest stretch of overtime games in franchise history. Buffalo has gone 4-0-1 in those games.
- Derek Roy and Thomas Vanek extended their respective point streaks when they assisted on Tyler Ennis’ first period goal. Roy moved his point streak to five games while Vanek has at least a point in four straight games. Each player also assisted on Steve Montador’s second period goal.
- Montador’s goal was his third of the season and second in as many games. Sabres defensemen have combined for 13 goals this season, and at least one blue-liner has scored in 10 of Buffalo’s 19 games.
-Mike Grier collected a point (assist) for the third consecutive game.
- Rob Niedermayer picked up an assist tonight while playing in the 1,100th regular season game of his NHL career. He became the 149th player in league history to reach the 1,100-game milestone.
- Both teams finished with 39 shots on goal, with the Sabres outshooting Vancouver 7-2 in overtime.
- Patrick Kaleta left the game with an upper body injury and did not return.
- This was the only meeting of the season between Buffalo and Vancouver.
- Defensemen Mike Weber and Craig Rivet were Buffalo’s healthy scratches while defensemen Keith Ballard and Ryan Parent and left wing Peter Schaefer were Vancouver’s scratches.
The Sabres will face the Washington Capitals for the second time in five days when they travel to the nation’s capital on Wednesday. The teams met at HSBC Arena on Saturday as Buffalo captured a dramatic 3-2 overtime win to notch its first home victory of the season. Thomas Vanek scored two goals, including the game-winner on a superb individual effort with a minute remaining in the extra frame, while Jordan Leopold collected three assists. Ryan Miller stopped 23 of 25 shots to earn the win in his first appearance since Oct. 29. Wednesday’s game will be the second of four meetings between the teams this season.