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Sharpen Up: October 18, 2017

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

Buffalo rallied back late last night to pick up a point, but they fell to the Vegas Golden Knights 5-4 in overtime at T-Mobile Arena. They had a strong finish to the game, scoring twice in the final 1:58 to tie it up. 

The Sabres went 1-2-1 on their four-game Pacific Time Zone swing.

Here's what you need to know.


From the Game Recap

Video: BUF Recap: Sabres' late goals not enough in OT loss

Jourdon LaBarber was on the scene and recounts the happenings in our Lexus Postgame Report.

It almost made for a remarkable comeback. Evander Kane scored with 8.9 seconds in regulation to cap a three-goal, third-period comeback for the Buffalo Sabres, only to see David Perron score in overtime to clinch a 5-4 victory for the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday night. 

But for all of the positives to be drawn from the Sabres' late-game effort, Phil Housley was more concerned with what happened early. 

Video: Postgame: HOUSLEY

"I think it's just unacceptable the way we approached the game," Housley said. "We had a chance to build on something and I know this is a process, but the process was a little broken tonight. Our lack of preparation and accountability, and urgency to start the game the way we finished was lacking."

Video: Postgame: OREILLY

 The Sabres finished the night 3-for-5 on the power play, including a pair by Ryan O'Reilly. Sam Reinhart deflected a shot from Rasmus Ristolainen in to make it 4-3 with just under two minutes remaining. 

Then Kane batted the puck out of the air to tie the game.

 Video: Postgame: KANE

"We were able to basically play in their zone the entire period," Kane said of the third period. "And when we were moving our feet and not being slow like we were in the second, we were able to draw some penalties and capitalize on the man advantage."

Video: Postgame: JOHNSON

Coming up 

We'll have the first edition of Brian Duff's #Duffalo blog. We know you've been waiting for it all summer long.

The Sabres will be back at practice tomorrow morning as they prepare for their home game on Friday against Vancouver. It's a 7 p.m. faceoff. Great seats are still available and you can pick up a Family Pack as well. 

Finally, some music at work to get you through the day

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