The Calgary Flames got their first win of the season against the Buffalo Sabres in overtime at the Saddledome Tuesday night, 4-3.
The Flames had a wide advantage in shots on goal through the first forty minutes outshooting the Sabres 23-10 but it was Buffalo that took a 2-1 lead into the third period.
Zemkus Girgensons opened the scoring for the Sabres as he stood in front of Chad Johnson in the Flames net easily fending off defenceman Jryki Yokipakka. Michael Frolik tied it up as Mikael Backlund did the work to set up his linemate.
The Sabres took advantage of some Flames penalty problems in the second when a shot bounced off the Flames goalie and off of defenceman Dougie Hamilton into the net. Ryan O’Reilly got credit for the goal.
Coach Glen Gulutzan looking for any kind of spark broke up Calgary’s big line, putting Johnny Gaudreau with Mikael Backlund and Michael Frolik, Sean Monahan then centered for Troy Brouwer and Sam Bennett.
In the third period, the Flames started to bounce back. The seesaw battle continued with 3 goals in under 5 minutes. Micheal Ferland scored on the backhand just as the period opened up, but Buffalo’s lead was regained a little while later with a tally from Marcus Foligno. The Flames weren’t finished though, as Matthew Tkachuk scored his first NHL goal with a rocket from the face-off circle to knot the game back up, this time 3-3. This game would need overtime.
To say the Flames dominated in overtime, would be an understatement. They controled the puck and the pace in the Sabres zone for pretty much the entire time. Mark Giordano found Johnny Gaudreau who found Sean Monahan in the slot for the game winning goal.
Calgary’s powerplay is still having big struggles, however. They came into the game at 1-10, going 0-7 on the night.
The Flames next action is Thursday at home against Carolina.