17:48 - The Avs are buzzing early, flying all over the ice. Nikita Zadorov had a very good chance right in the slot just ten seconds into the game, but Robin Lehner made the stop. The young defenseman was in Jared Bednar's starting lineup tonight against the team that drafted him.
14:32 - Oh boy, did the Sabres just miss a perfect opporunity to get the game's first goal. Evan Rodrigues was right at the top of the crease with an open net, but a Colorado defender just got enough of Rodrigues to disrupt his chance and the puck went out the other side of the crease without issue. The blue and gold head back to the man advantage with Gabriel Landeskog headed to the box for tripping.
9:58 - Colorado had a firm grasp over this first period until the started taking penalties. Since then, it has been all blue and gold. Justin Bailey helped that with his speed through the neutral zone to draw one of the power plays. If they keep up the pressure, more power plays will follow. Shots on goal are 6-6 at the moment.
3:48 - Shots on goal are 9-6 in favor of Buffalo, and quite honestly it should be higher. They have been the dominant team, save the first three or four minutes of the game. The score should not be be 0-0 either, based on the play.
COL: 2:10 - Andreas Martinsen (2 min., holding). 5:45 - Gabriel Landeskog (2 min., tripping). 19:54 - Cody Goloubef (2 min., holding)
Shots on Goal
BUF - 12, COL - 7
19:12 - SABRES GOAL. It does not take very long for the blue and gold to capitalize on their third power play of the night. Sam Reinhart is able to get his thirteenth goal of the season. A big play for Bufalo in a period that is a problem area for them. 1-0 BUF.
9:39 - Shots are only 5-3 this period, but it feels like so much more. The action is picking up at both ends, but so far just the Reinhart marker has held up.
4:53 - INJURY UPDATE. The Sabres have announced via their public relations twitter account that Derek Grant is out for the remainder of the game with a shoulder injury.
1:41 - Buffalo has done a nice job of limiting Colorado's chances this period, I think moreso than even the opening twenty minutes. I never have really felt like Buffalo was in trouble with the puck. There was one time or two where I felt that way, especially early in the night.
End of Period
BUF: 0:48 - Sam Reinhart (13) PPG (Rasmus Ristolainen, Ryan O'Reilly)
Shots on Goal
BUF - 12 (21), COL - 4 (11)
15:33 - Jack Eichel nearly connected with Reinhart for his second goal of the night, but the pass handcuffed Sam and it was on his back hand. So close, but still just a one-goal game. You just hope it does not come down to a fluky bounce one way or the other to decide the game. If it does, the Sabres will only have themselves to blame.
11:32 - Colorado has the edge in shots at 4-3 this stanza. I just get the feeling that the game-tying goal is coming...and soon for the Avalanche.
8:39 - Buffalo has woken up and been playing better in the last couple of minutes. Reinhart alone has had two quality scoring chances either go off of his stick or into his skates this frame. He alone could have a hat trick and put this game out of reach. Instead, it stays 1-0 in favor of the home team.
4:14 - SABRES GOAL. There has not been a whole heck of a lot to cheer about this period, or this game for that matter. Evander Kane may just have put this one out of reach by doing it all by himself in the offensive zone. 2-0 BUF.
End of Game
Buffalo 2, Colorado 0
BUF: 15:46 - Evander Kane (19) (Evan Rodrigues, Jack Eichel)
Shots on Goal
BUF - 11 (32), COL - 12 (23)