It looked like it was going to be an easy night. In the first period, the Pittsburgh Penguins outshot the Buffalo Sabres 21-5. They controlled the play, the puck, and Buffalo appeared willing to let them.
But the Penguins didn’t finish until Jeff Carter redeemed himself from a late regulation penalty to score the overtime game-winner in the Penguins 3-2 OT win over Buffalo at PPG Paints Arena.
And the hockey gods have a way of punishing teams that don’t grab victory when it’s offered. Buffalo goalie Malcolm Subban was brilliant, and the Penguins got a little frustrated, according to head coach Mike Sullivan.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now editor-in-chief Dan Kingerski had a different take. He didn’t feel the Penguins were frustrated as much as complacent. “They assumed the ran Buffalo out of the building,” Kingerski said.
Evan Rodrigues and Brock McGinn scored goals. If not for an amazing behind-the-back glove save by Subban, Rodrigues almost had a second goal.
“E-Rod was talking to himself on the bench,” Sullivan said of the incredible stop.
However, a couple of Pittsburgh Penguins defensive mistakes and soft play allowed the Buffalo Sabres to tie the game and force OT. Watch Dan break it down from PPG Paints Arena.