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At the Horn: Flames 3 - Sabres 2 (OT)

Vesey and Olofsson score but Buffalo falls in overtime to Calgary

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Linus Ullmark made 26 saves through regulation and overtime, but the Calgary Flames came away with a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday at KeyBank Center. 

Elias Lindholm scored the game-winner with 3:43 left in overtime, sliding a backhand in from behind the net. 

Jimmy Vesey and Victor Olofsson scored for the Sabres. TJ Brodie and Matthew Tkachuk also scored for Calgary. David Rittich made 34 saves. 

Sabres rookie Rasmus Asplund recorded his first career point on Vesey's shorthanded goal, putting him in interesting company:

Tweet from @SabresPR: Asplund became just the fourth player in Sabres history to record his first NHL point while shorthanded, joining Gary McAdam (10/16/75 vs. CHI), Daren Puppa (12/9/87 at CHI) and Ryan Miller (3/16/06 vs. TOR). https://t.co/8EsXhjAiIy


What happened

The Flames opened the scoring when Brodie's shot from the point found its way past Ullmark with 2:05 remaining in the first period. Lindholm had set up a screen in front, which helped allow the puck to trickle in over the goal line. 

Then, 6:32 into the second period, Vesey shorthanded on a breakaway. It was his second goal in as many games. 

Breaking out after a defensive zone faceoff, Olofsson entered the Flames zone and wired a wrist shot top shelf to put Buffalo ahead 2-1 just 1:55 into the third period. 

The Flames responded 2:05 later when Matthew Tkachuk hammered home a shot to tie the game. 


What it means

The Sabres are now 11-10-4 on the season and 6-3-3 on home ice. 

Olofsson's goal tonight extended his point streak to a career-high five games (2+3). He has nine points (3+6) in his last 10 games.

Jack Eichel, who recorded the primary assist on Olofsson's goal, extended his point streak to seven games. He has six goals and six assists in that span. 


Roll the highlight film

Here's Olofsson showing off that dangerous shot once again…

Video: CGY@BUF: Olofsson wires far-side wrister past Rittich


Up next

Buffalo hosts Toronto on Friday at KeyBank Center. It's a 4 p.m. faceoff with pregame coverage on MSG starting at 3:30. 

Fans in the arena will be treated to the premiere of "Beyond Blue and Gold: Ray v. Domi" during each intermission. The new documentary details the rivalry between former enforcers Rob Ray and Tie Domi through their eyes as they watch each and every one of their 13 NHL fights together. 

The feature will air on MSG during the Sabres' road game against Toronto on Saturday. 

Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: Rob Ray. Tie Domi. Welcome to the main event.The epic documentary airs throughout each intermission of our game this Saturday against Leafs.#Sabres50 pic.twitter.com/o6gbc0Ipei

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