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Sharpen Up: October 23, 2017

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Buffalo completed another comeback on Saturday in Boston and picked up the extra point thanks to Ryan O'Reilly's overtime tally.  

The Sabres are back at practice today. They'll host the Detroit Red Wings tomorrow night at KeyBank Center on NBCSN. Great seats are still available, so come on down and check it out. 

Here's what you need to know. 

Video: O'Reilly, Sabres come back to beat Bruins in OT, 5-4

A slow start Saturday night could've sunk the Sabres. They were down 3-0 37 seconds into the second period and even after Jason Pominville scored midway through the second to snap Anton Khudobin's shutout bid, the Bruins reclaimed their three-goal lead just minutes later.

But then Buffalo really started chipping away, scoring four unanswered goals to win 5-4. 

From the game recap:

In the visiting dressing room at TD Garden on Saturday night, after he had scored his overtime goal and a failed challenge sealed a much-needed victory for the Buffalo Sabres, Ryan O'Reilly had a message for the rest of his teammates.

It didn't take long for Jack Eichel to echo that message when he addressed the media after the game.

Video: Eichel: Postgame Interview at BOS

"I think we need to use this game as an example of what it takes to win a hockey game," Sabres forward Eichel said. "Factor said it after the game, it doesn't mean much if you don't come back Tuesday and have a good performance."

"Factor" is one of a few nicknames O'Reilly has in the Sabres dressing room, and he was certainly one on Saturday. It was the hard work of O'Reilly and his linemates that began Buffalo's comeback from a 3-0 deficit midway through the second period, and it was his backhand shot in overtime that sealed a 5-4 win for the Sabres over the Boston Bruins.

Video: O'Reilly on Buffalo's OT win in Boston

"We've, to a man, got to realize why we had success and why we won tonight," O'Reilly said. "It wasn't a perfect game by any means, but the big staples of the game were all there for us. I think we all kind of realized that, 'Ok, this is something we've got to feel.' 

"It's not getting any easier. We've struggled at home and it starts Monday with a good practice. We've got to come out and find a way to do it at home."

The Buffalo defense combined for 26 shots attempts, led by eight from Marco Scandella.

Video: Housley Postgame Interview at BOS

"We've been really preaching that, just trying to find a lane," coach Phil Housley said. "Marco's shot through and Jack's goal was a result of that. We're going to continue to work on that because in our offensive scheme it'd be a big part of our plan. I really liked what our D did tonight."

Video: Pominville: Postgame Interview at BOS

On tap today

We'll follow up on Saturday's win with Jourdon's Ice Level Practice Report and Duffer's Sabres Now video. We'll also have lineup news and injury updates as well. 

Kris Baker's weekly Sabres Prospects Report will be heading your way today as well. 

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