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Sharpen Up: October 19, 2016

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

The Sabres came out on the wrong end of a 4-3 overtime game last night in Calgary. It was an up-and-down affair emotionally, as the Sabres had two leads in the third period that they couldn't hold on to. 

Here's what you need to know.

Video: BUF Recap: Sabres unable to hold lead in 3rd period


The Sabres weren't happy with their play at times in the game and Dan Bylsma made that clear in his postgame press conference. They also weren't pleased with some of the calls that were made (or weren't made). 

Video: BYLSMA: Postgame Interview


Buffalo opened the scoring on a goal in front from Zemgus Girgensons. It was his first of the year and a great play to get the puck up and in.
Video: BUF@CGY: Girgensons opens the scoring with wrist shot


In the second period, Ryan O'Reilly regained the lead for Buffalo on a power-play goal. He got some help in front of the net.

Video: BUF@CGY: O'Reilly puts the Sabres back on top


His postgame comments:

Video: OREILLY: Postgame Interview


Then in the third, Buffalo was able to break a tie again with a goal from Marcus Foligno, who felt some redemption after being on the ice for the goal that had made it 3-3. 

Video: BUF@CGY: Foligno eludes defenders, scores on wrister

Video: FOLIGNO: Postgame Interview


However, the Flames scored shortly thereafter on Matthew Tkachuk's first-career goal. Then Sean Monahan scored the winner in overtime. 

Robin Lehner made 30 saves. 

Video: LEHNER: Postgame Interview

Buffalo will close out the Western Canada portion of their road trip tomorrow night in Vancouver.


Congrats Rip!

As we noted yesterday, Sabres equipment manager Rip Simonick, who has been with the franchise since the beginning, worked his 3,500th game last night. He joined Rick Jeanneret in the press box for an interview during the pregame show.

 Video: Rip Simonick's 3,500th Game


On tap today

We'll have full practice coverage for you. It's scheduled for 5 p.m. ET so stay tuned throughout the evening for our practice reports and locker room interviews. 

Brian Duff will also have his first #Duffalo blog of the season for you later today. He'll give you a backstage look at life on the ice, on the road and in the community. 

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