Captain Jack leads Sabres past Sharks 4-3

photo from The Buffalo News: Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel (9) celebrates the game-winning goal with Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen (55) in overtime to beat the San Jose Sharks 4-3. James P. McCoy/Buffalo News

By Pearl Allison Lo

The Buffalo Sabres’ Jack Eichel led his team accordingly with two goals and four points in another 4-3 win over the San Jose Sharks in overtime Tuesday. 

Casey Mittelstadt passed from one end to Rasmus Ristolainen in the other as the Sharks were changing, leaving Brent Burns outnumbered. It ended up being a rebound of a rebound as Eichel picked up Ristolainen’s shot, but then had to find the puck after he tried himself. The goal was the lone shot in overtime at 3:13 and was questioned after if the net came off and there was goaltender interference.  

Sharks captain Logan Couture on what happened earlier, 

The Sabres remained perfect at home as the Sharks were able to take a point in the first of a five-game road trip, thanks to San Jose goalie Martin Jones with saves in the beginning versus Jeff Skinner and near the end stopping Eichel for example. 

For the Sharks, Dylan Gambrell, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Erik Karlsson punched in their first goals of the season, Gambrell’s his first in the NHL. 

It was a rocky start for San Jose though, with defensive miscues and Jones needing to be solid. 

After racking up their goals in the final period last game, the Sharks built a 2-0 lead in the first. 

Gambrell tipped Karlsson’s shot from the point at 5:46. It was Karlsson’s seventh assist and fifth straight game with one. 

Patrick Marleau, with eyes up, found his person in Vlasic and made a perfect pass with Vlasic finishing the goal at 15:23. 

However, Buffalo scored three straight goals, including two in 76 seconds if you take out second intermission. 

Eichel broke through first with a power play goal 7:21 of the second. It broke up a 15-15 penalty kill by San Jose before then. Rasmus Dahlin added his ninth assist.  

With 31 seconds left in the second period, the Sabres evened up the match to two goals apiece. Sam Reinhart, standing in front of Jones and facing Ristolainen, tipped Ristolainen’s shot from the right faceoff circle. 

Skinner then gave Buffalo their first lead 45 seconds into the last period of regulation with his sixth goal of the year. 

Undaunted, San Jose, who outshot the Sabres 13-4 in the third, made it 3-3 at 11:27. Marleau tallied another apple, passing to Kevin Labanc, who saw Karlsson. 

Up Next: The Sharks went 0-for-2 on the power play. San Jose now heads to the home of Vlasic, Montreal, for a 4 pm game Thursday.  

San Jose Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa Walsh: Sharks can hit .500 tonight in first of home at home series with Buffalo at SAP

photo from Buffalo Sabres’ Victor Olofsson (68) is defended by Los Angeles Kings’ Alex Iafallo (19) and Alec Martinez, left, during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in Los Angeles.

On the Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa:

#1 After Evander Kane came back from his three game suspension he played like his hair was on fire or better said Kane beats the Canes almost like a one man wrecking crew scoring three goals for a first period hat trick in the San Jose Sharks 5-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes last Wednesday night at SAP Center.

#2 The 2019-20 season didn’t get off to a great start for the Sharks or Kane, the Sharks went 0-4 and Kane had been suspended for shoving a official for three games during a pre season game.

#3 Then there was the game in Chicago on Thursday 10th and the arrival of Patrick Marleau and the Sharks were back on track with a win. The Sharks haven’t looked back since now on a three game win streak and with a shot at getting to .500 tonight in the first of a home at home series against the Buffalo Sabers

#4 Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer said that in making for a shortage of natural right wings using Patrick Marleau, on the right side with Logan Couture, and Timo Meier.

#5 The Sharks (3-4-0) like the Hurricane (6-3) will face another formidable team the Buffalo Sabers (6-1-1) will this game be looked at as another test for the Sharks and after handling one of the NHL’s best the Canes should this one go down as another team that the Sharks can handle on home ice?

Mary Lisa does the Sharks podcasts each Saturday at

NHL podcast with Daniel Dullum: Yotes-Wild battle for Wild Card; Caps’ Ovi makes it a 50-goal season; Sharks win! Get home ice in first round; plus more

photo from The Arizona Coyotes Derek Stepan (21) and the Colorado Avalanche’s Alexander Kerfoot (13) anticipate the puck in last Friday night’s game. The Coyotes and Minnesota Wild are tussling for a Wild Card berth.

On the NHL podcast with Daniel Dullum

1 Coyotes, Wild battle for shot at second West Wild Card berth

2 Washington’s Alex Ovechkin posts his eighth 50-goal season

3 Sharks end losing streak, secure home ice for round one

4 Islanders clinch East playoff spot with 5-1 win over the Buffalo Sabre

5 Houston and Cincinnati in the NHL? It almost happened in the 1977 NHL-WHA merger talks

Join Daniel on the NHL podcast each Sunday at

NHL podcast with Joe Lami: Pens blank Sabres 5-0; Isles best Habs 2-1; plus much more

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On the NHL podcast with Joe:

#1 The Pittsburgh Penguins’ Phil Kessel scored his 24th goal of the season. Brian DuMoulin, Patric Hornqvist, Nick Bjugstad (11), Jake Guentzel (36), all scored in the Pens’ win over the Buffalo Sabres 5-0.

#2 The New York Islanders got a 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens as the Isles’ Adam Pelech (5) and Anders Lee (25) scored for New York.

#3 The Washington Capitals’ Brett Connolly scored two goals–#18 and #19–to help lead the Caps in a 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.

#4 The Ottawa Senators got a 2-0 win over the St. Louis Blues. The Sens got goals from Christian Wolanin (4) and Chris Tierney (9). Jake Allen started in goal for the shutout for Senators.

#5 The red-hot Tampa Bay Lighting (54-13-4) defeated the Detroit Red Wings 5-3. The Bolts’ Nikita Kucherov scored twice for #34 and #35 of the season.

Joe Lami does the NHL podcasts at each Friday

NHL podcast with Joe Lami: Bruins get a one-goal win over Panthers; Pens shutout CBJ’s 3-0; Hawks shutout Sabres 3-0; plus more

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On the NHL podcast with Joe:

#1 The Boston Bruins just got by the Florida Panthers 4-3. Patrice Bergeron scored twice including the gamer for the Bruins.

#2 The Pittsburgh Penguins got a 3-0 shutout over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Pens’ Sidney Crosby scored a goal and Pens goaltender Matt Murray stopped all 25 shots.

#3 Chicago Blackhawks get a big win Thursday night in overtime 5-4 over the Buffalo Sabres. The Hawks’ Artem Anisimov scored twice and goaltender Corey Crawford stopped 35 of 39 shots.

#4 The New York Islanders’ Valtteri Filppula scored twice 4-2 as the Islanders defeated the Ottawa Senators.

#5 The Detroit Red Wings top the New York Rangers and that ended a eight-game loss streak for the Red Wings. Red Wings won in a shootout 3-2.

NHL podcasts with Joe Lami are heard each Friday at

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: Canes get two goal win over Oilers; Rangers rookie goalie key in win; Bruins shutout Ducks; plus more photo: Carolina Hurricanes Nino Niederreiter and Sebastian Aho get congratulations in front of their bench. Niederreiter scored twice on Friday night’s win over the Edmonton Oilers

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington:

#1 The Carolina Hurricanes Nino Niederreiter scored two goals and goaltender Curtis McElhinney stopped 40 shots in Carolina’s 3-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night.

#2 The New York Rangers rookie goalie Alexander Georgiev helped in the Rangers cause with 31 saves and stopped 13 shots in the third period. The Rangers Vladislav Namestnikov scored two goals in eight second with an assist in the closing minutes of the Rangers 6-2 win over the Buffalo Sabers.

#3 The Boston Bruins threw a 3-0 shutout against the Anaheim Ducks. The B’s Jaroslav Halak stopped 30 shots for his fourth shutout this season. The Bruins Noel Accirari and Jake DeBrusk each scored a goal.

#4 In a game that no one was giving in whatsoever New Jersey got by the Minnesota Wild by a goal 5-4. This was New Jersey’s second win in eight games. The Devils key goals Nico Hischier, Marcus Johansson, and Kyle Palmieri scored goals.

#5 The San Jose Sharks host the Vancouver Canucks Saturday night at SAP Center in San Jose. The Sharks got a five goal win over the Canucks last Monday in Vancouver for their sixth straight but took a four loss to the Washington Capitals last Thursday night.

The NHL podcast with Matt is heard each Saturday at

NHL podcast with Joe Lami: Sharks get back on track with another win; Canes just get by Buffalo; Panthers’ Matheson gets fifth goal; plus more

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On the NHL podcast with Joe:

#1 The San Jose Sharks (32-16-11) have found their swing to the back of the nets with a great 5-2 win over the Calgary Flames (34-15-1). Sharks goals by Tomas Hertl (23 & 24), Evander Kane (22 & 23), and Brett Burns (11).

#2 The Carolina Hurricanes (27-21-6) got a narrow win over the Buffalo Sabres. The Hurricanes got three goals in the third period to hang on.

#3 The Florida Panthers got by the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2. The Panthers got an OT goal by Mike Matheson for his fifth game and fifth goal of the year.

#4 The New York Islanders (31-16-6) got goals in the first period and in OT to beat the New Jersey Devils (20-25-8).

#5 The LA Kings got a one-goal win, scoring goals in each of the first and second periods, respectively. For the Kings, Austin (5) and Adrian Kempe (9) in the 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.

Joe does the NHL podcast each Friday at

NHL All-Star Game podcast with Matt Harrington: Taking a look at the NHL All-Stars for today’s contest at SAP Center file photo: Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins celebrates with Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs after a play during the 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Game on January 28, 2018 in Tampa, Florida.

On the NHL All-Star Game podcast with Matt:

#1 There are some great All-Stars at Saturday’s event in San Jose and Matt goes down the list talking about some of the players here. Starting with Jack Eichel (Buffalo Sabres), Nikita Kucherov (Tampa Bay Lightning), and Austin Matthews (Toronto Maple Leafs).

#2 David Pastrnak (Boston Bruins), Steve Stamkos (Tampa Bay Lightning), and John Taveres (Toronto Maple Leafs).

#3 Jeff Skinner (Buffalo Sabres), Thomas Chabot (Ottawa Senators), and Keith Yandle (Florida Panthers).

#4 Jimmy Howard (Detroit Red Wings), Andrei Vasilevskily (Tampa Bay Lightning), and Sebastian Aho (Carolina Hurricanes).

#5 Brent Burns (San Jose Sharks), Joe Pavelski (San Jose Sharks), and Erik Karlsson (San Jose Sharks).

Join Matt for the NHL podcasts each Saturday at

NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: Isles get third period help to defeat Caps 2-0; Flames continue to dominate in Pacific; PP goal wins it for Pens in OT; plus more

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On the NHL podcast with Matt:

#1 Josh Bailey and Cal Clutterbuck of the New York Islanders each scored in the third period of Friday night’s game and Isles goaltender Thomas Greiss stopped 19 shots against the Washington Capitals for a 2-0 win.

#2 The Calgary Flames’ Sam Bennett couldn’t be contained, scoring two goals as well as the go-ahead goal as the Flames took a two-goal win past the Detroit Red Wings 6-4 on Friday.

#3 Phil Kessel got a power play goal at 4:09 in overtime as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Arizona Coyotes 3-2. The Pens won it on a 4-3 power play after slashing was called on the Coyotes’ Richard Panik.

#4 Brock Boeser of the Vancouver Canucks got a goal and an assist and Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko stopped 36 shots, beating the visiting Buffalo Sabers at Rogers Center in Vancouver.

#5 The Ottawa Senators’ Bobby Ryan and Mark Stone didn’t waste anytime in the second period, scoring 13 seconds apart to win their fourth straight game, defeating the Carolina Hurricanes in Ottawa 4-1.

Matt does the NHL podcasts each Saturday at

NHL podcast with Joe Lami: Wild get defense and four goals to beat Leafs; B’s bomb tough Flames; Sabres keep pouring it on 4-3 over Panthers; plus more

msn photo: Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Michael Hutchinson (30) looks on as Minnesota Wild players celebrate a goal by Zach Parise (11) during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 in Toronto.

On the NHL podcast with Joe:

#1 The Minnesota Wild (19-17-3) got goals from Charlie Coyle, Mikko Koivu, Jerod Spurgeon, Zach Parise in a Wild 4-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs (26-12-2).

#2 The Boston Bruins (25-14-4) beat Calgary (25-13-4) 6-4. Bruins goals; John Moore (2), Jake Bebrusk (12), Brad Marchand (14 & 15), and David Pastrnak (25)

#3 The Buffalo Sabers (22-13-6) got by the Florida Panthers (17-16-6) 4-3, Panther goals, Jeff Skinner (27) and (28), Tage Thompson (5), Sam Reinhart (9)

#4 The Carolina Hurricanes (17-17-5) got by the Philadelphia Flyers (15-20-5) 5-3, Hurricane goals Dougie Hamilton ((4), Justin Williams (8), Teuvo Teravinen(9) and (10), and Warren Foegele (5)

#5 The New York Islanders (22-13-4) got by the Chicago Blackhawks (15-21-7) 3-2 in overtime. The Hawks have now lost two in a row. The Isles got goals from Matthew Barzal (11 & 12) and Devon Towes (1).

Joe does the NHL podcasts each Friday at