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Sharpen Up: February 8, 2017

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

Well, who saw that coming? Buffalo rallied back from a three-goal deficit in the third period last night to come away with a 5-4 overtime victory over San Jose last night. They certainly didn't play their best hockey in the first two periods, but found a way to put it together and win in thrilling fashion. 

The Sabres erased a three-goal deficit to win tonight, marking the first time the team has done so since Dec. 27, 2014 against the New York Islanders (4-3, SO).

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, last night's comeback was the latest the Sabres have overcome a deficit of three or more goals since Nov. 2, 2006 at Boston, when the team scored at 11:11 of the third period to begin a comeback that culminated in a 5-4 shootout win.

Here's what you need to know.

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

Evander Kane scored twice including the overtime winner. After going hard into the end boards, he joined Brian Duff and Brad May on the postgame show. 

Video: Evander Kane on the postgame show

Kane now has 14 even-strength goals since his first of the season (Dec. 3), leading all NHL players.

The Sabres have gone 6-0-1 in their last seven home games, marking Buffalo's first seven-game home point streak since the team went 7-0-2 in nine home games from Feb. 17 to March 24, 2012.

"It's probably the worst we've played and gotten a win," Kyle Okposo, who scored the game-tying goal, said. "But in saying that, we never gave up and it's a huge win for us. 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. I guess that's one of the ways."

With his pair of assists, Jack Eichel now has 15 points (6+9) in 15 home games this season, including 12 points (4+8) in his last 12 home contests. Eichel also has four two-point nights in his last five home games.

Still true? Buffalo almost never loses when Eichel records at least two points. The Sabres improved to 19-3-0 in Eichel's career when he has at least two points.

Also still true? The Sharks almost never win in Buffalo. 

With the win, Buffalo extended its point streak against San Jose to a franchise-best 11 games (10-0-1), dating back to a 3-1 win in Buffalo on Feb. 13, 2010. The previous record was five games (3-0-2), set from March 12, 1998 to Dec. 23, 2000.


Video replay

Let's hear from inside the locker room

Video: BYLSMA: Postgame

Video: EICHEL: Postgame

Video: OKPOSO: Postgame 

More good runs

With an assist on Buffalo's first goal, Tyler Ennis improved his point streak to four games (1+3).

Ryan O'Reilly had two points (1+1) tonight, extending his home point streak to four games (3+3). In his last 12 games at home, O'Reilly has 14 points (5+9).

Sam Reinhart (assist tonight) now has 11 points (4+7) in his last 11 home games.


You Can Play Night

We hosted our first You Can Play Night last night, an evening dedicated to promoting the inclusion of LGBTQ athletes in sports. Many Sabres used special Pride Tape on their sticks during pregame warmups, which you can bid for now here.

You can watch the two videos that were shown for You Can Play Night below, including a message from the Sabres and a feature on Harrison Browne, a forward for the Buffalo Beauts of the NWHL.

Video: Sabres support You Can Play

Video: You Can Play: Harrison Browne 

On tap today

The Sabres are off today, but they'll be back at it tomorrow. Buffalo hosts Anaheim at KeyBank Center on Thursday at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale here. Check out our Family Pack offer and Hat Trick Pack offer as well.

During the broadcast, we'll debut the final Round 1 episode of Sabres Showdown. Sam Reinhart and Rasmus Ristolainen go head to head to see who will face Jake McCabe in the Gold Bracket semifinal. 

If you missed last night's matchup, where Brian Gionta went up against Zemgus Girgensons, check it out here. You can watch all of the episodes here

Video: Showdown: Girgensons vs. Gionta

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