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Sharpen Up: January 9, 2017

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

"It has the feel of a turn-around game. We needed that in the game and we got it, but it's also a big comeback for the boys, it's a big way to respond in the third period and we left it all out there. We played hard in the third period, came all the way back to get the win. It feels like a big game for us."

That's what Sabres coach Dan Bylsma had to say about Saturday's big comeback win over Winnipeg. Buffalo scored three times in a span of 4:42 in the third period to pick up a 4-3 victory and left everyone feeling pretty, pretty good.

Here's what you need to know.

 Video: Three-goal 3rd period helps Sabres claim 4-3 win

Ryan O'Reilly tied the game late in the first period, but the Jets scored twice in the second to go ahead 3-1. Then the game started to turn when Marcus Foligno did this:

Video: WPG@BUF: Foligno pulls Sabres within one on the break

From Jourdon LaBarber's game recap:

The puck wasn't immediately ruled a goal, but Foligno knew it crossed the line.

"I saw enough white to celebrate," he said. "I think it might've persuaded the ref to point at the net."

Video: LEHNER: Postgame

The game also ended with a flurry. A scrum in front of the Buffalo net as the final horn sounded led to 22 total penalty minutes. Robin Lehner and Marcus Foligno each called for roughing and then check this out:

WPG #18 LITTLE Roughing(2 min), Off. Zone Drawn By: BUF #40 LEHNER
WPG #33 BYFUGLIEN Cross checking(2 min), Off. Zone Drawn By: BUF #40 LEHNER
WPG #33 BYFUGLIEN Roughing(2 min), Off. Zone Drawn By: BUF #40 LEHNER
WPG #33 BYFUGLIEN Unsportsmanlike conduct(2 min), Off. Zone Drawn By: BUF #40 LEHNER
WPG #33 BYFUGLIEN Misconduct (10 min)(10 min), Off. Zone Drawn By: BUF #40 LEHNER

That's right. Lehner drew all 18 of the Jets penalty minutes in the sequence.

Brian Gionta, who scored the game winner, joined the postgame show and had also some great comments on that extra-curricular activity. 

Video: Gionta on the postgame show

Here's some more postgame reaction:

Video: MCCABE: Postgame

Video: FOLIGNO: Postgame

Video: EICHEL: Postgame

Video: BYLSMA: Postgame


If it's in the game, it's in our new video open

The team didn't have the hottest start on Saturday, but we kicked things off in the arena with a bang. Here's our new opening video:

Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: Classic Sabres highlights + @EASPORTSNHL ��Sound up & enjoy!

Some of those moves look pretty familiar, don't they?


On tap today

Buffalo is back at practice later this morning. We'll have full coverage including injury updates and other storylines we need to follow up on from Saturday's game. The Sabres take on Philadelphia tomorrow night at KeyBank Center. 

We'll also have Kris Baker's Sabres Prospects Report for you. There's a lot of good things happening with the players in the pipeline so stay tuned for that.

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