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Sharpen Up: November 22, 2016

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

It took 1:41 for the game to turn in the Sabres' favor last night. That's how long it took them to score three power-play goals in the second period and set up a 4-2 win over the Calgary Flames

Kyle Okposo, Johan Larsson and Matt Moulson (who is now tied for the league lead with six goals on the man advantage) pushed Buffalo ahead with those PPGs. Marcus Foligno also scored and Robin Lehner made 29 saves. 

Here's what you need to know.


All that power

Video: Three power-play goals lead Sabres past Flames, 4-2

The Sabres' power play went 3-for-6 last night and it was that outburst in the second period that helped push them over the top.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Buffalo's three goals in a span of 1:41 in the second period were the team's quickest three goals since the Sabres scored three in 1:08 against Boston on April 3, 1998. (The franchise record for fastest three goals is 39 seconds when Pat LaFontaine, Wayne Presley and Donald Audette scored at Chicago on March 22, 1992.)

Okposo tied the game with his sixth goal of the year on a 5-on-3 and then Larsson and Moulson each tallied soon thereafter. 

Video: Okposo: Postgame Interview vs. Calgary

"It was nice to get off the shine a little bit for everybody and after we got that second goal it was big," Okposo said. "I just think we had a little bit of time. We got some good breaks. It was a little bit of a smorgasbord, some of the set things that we wanted to do weren't happening so we were just kind of improvising and using our hockey sense."

Let's hear from Dan Bylsma and the other goal scorers:

Video: BYLSMA: Postgame Interview vs. Calgary

Video: Larsson: Postgame Interview vs. Calgary 

 Video: Moulson: Postgame Interview vs. Calgary

Video: Marcus Foligno on the postgame show 


Back to winning ways

The Sabres are now 17-3-2 in their last 22 home games against the Flames. Calgary doesn't have a regulation win in Buffalo since March 15, 1996. 

After beating the Penguins on Saturday, Buffalo has now won two in a row. The team will now set its sights on Detroit, who comes to town for a game tomorrow night. That'll wrap up the four-game homestand. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. so don't miss out.


On tap today

We'll have full practice coverage today - written and video. 

Ryan O'Reilly took the morning skate for Buffalo yesterday, but wasn't quite ready to play. We'll see if he's a full-go at practice today or not - Bylsma has considered him day to day with the injury that's caused him to miss six of the last seven games. 

"If we're in the playoffs, it's a different situation," O'Reilly said yesterday before the game. "But there's a lot of hockey left and it is frustrating right now. Oviously we're not where we want to be these last few games. 

"We need to score goals, and obviously that's one of my jobs and not being able to do it is very frustrating. But, again, we've got a good staff here and I've got to trust them and be smart with it."

We'll also have an Amerks Update for you as well. They're back in action tomorrow with a home game against the Providence Bruins.

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