This was a category on the stat sheet that the Sabres were pretty successful early on in the season and it has (albeit usually does) dwindled since then.
Jack Eichel's goal less than three minutes after faceoff Monday night sparked a five-goal first period for the host Buffalo Sabres, who continued their dominance of the New Jersey Devils with a 7-1 rout.
It was an offensive explosion that had been a long time in the works, according to coach Ralph Krueger. And lest we forget: the Sabres DID have Dahiln for 10 of the 14 games they played last month, so it is not like their power play was clicking even when they had him on the ice. "I thought we had a deserved first period, kind of like the fruit of the labour from the week before nearly seemed to pay off".
It was over practically from the second the puck dropped, with the Sabres scoring 2:46 into the game, just after their first power play ended. Blake Coleman has scored six goals over the last 10 games for New Jersey. Well during the month of November, the team was just 1-of-37 with the extra man. Victor Olofsson scored two goals for the Sabres in the win.
Ullmark made 18 saves in the third. For a guy who had three goals in the team's first four games this season, he needed something to go his way.
The Devils, believe it or not, pumped 21 shots on Ullmark in the second period. One day before his 22nd birthday, Asplund scored on a long shot from the bottom of the left circle.
"It's a relief, of course", Asplund said.
Clearly, the Buffalo Sabres have a lot of issues they need to address right now if this team wants to sneak into the playoffs.
Yes, I know it's December 2nd and yes, I know it was their first game of the new month.
Louis Domingue was pulled after allowing five goals on 15 shots.
Goalie Mackenzie Blackwood replaced Domingue for the second period.
It was hardly the effort the Devils were looking for with a hard four-game trip around the corner. In those two games, they were outscored 11-1. It's too bad. We have the players in here to play a lot better than that.
Nico Hischier got New Jersey on the board 8:10 into the second with a power-play goal, scoring from close range. New Jersey averages 9.5 penalty minutes per game, the eighth-most in the National Hockey League.
"First period was not close to being good enough in any area and obviously the scoreboard said it and it's unacceptable", Devils coach John Hynes said. "I thought we had a deserved first period, kind of like the fruit of the labor from the week before nearly seemed to pay off".
Devils Injuries: Sami Vatanen: out (upper body), Jack Hughes: day to day (lower-body). LW Evan Rodrigues, C Curtis Lazar and C Jean-Sebastien Dea were scratched for Buffalo.
That bodes well for the team that plays a New Jersey squad that is only 4-6-4 on the road. They begin a Western Canada trip Thursday against Calgary.