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Sunday, December 13, 2015

BUFFALO -- The Buffalo Sabres were -- once again -- victims to the NHL's new coach's challenge, having a go-ahead goal called back in the second period of a close contest with the L.A. Kings.

But the Sabres eventually got that go-ahead goal back in overtime as Ryan O'Reilly scored his team-leading 10th goal for the win against the Kings and former Sabres netminder Jhonas Enroth.

The Kings scored first -- at 4:47 of the first period -- on a Marian Gaborik goal, assisted by Anze Kopitar and Tanner Pearson. Buffalo tied it at 7:19 with a between-the-legs power play goal by Jamie McGinn. O'Reilly and Rasmus Ristolainen assisted.

Absent the negated second period goal by Jake McCabe -- the Sabres fourth called-back goal of the season -- there was no more scoring in regulation.

Then at 3:19 of the overtime period, O'Reilly took a pass from McCabe and put one past Enroth while falling down, giving Buffalo its first win in four games and halting a six-game win streak for the Kings.

The Sabres next play Monday when they visit Detroit. The game has a 7:30 p.m. start time.


  • With tonight's win, the Sabres have wins in three straight home games. It is their longest such streak since the team won six consecutive home games from Nov. 28 to Dec. 15, 2014.
  • The Sabres extended their longest-ever home winning streak against the Kings to seven games, having outscored Los Angeles 33-9 in home games since the last Kings win in Buffalo on Feb. 21, 2003.
  • Buffalo improved to 13-1-1 (one tie) against Los Angeles since Dec. 17, 1993. During this stretch, the Sabres have outscored the Kings 61-22 on home ice.
  • With his power-play goal tonight, Jamie McGinn now has eight points (3+5) in his last eight games.
  • The Sabres are now 8-for-23 (34.8%) on the power play in their last seven games.
  • With an overtime goal and an assist on McGinn's goal, Ryan O'Reilly has extended his point streak to seven games (3+7), one game shy of his career high, set from March 14 to 30, 2015.
  • O'Reilly's goal was the 100th of his career and his 14th game-winner.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen had an assist tonight and now has 17 points (6+11) in his last 17 games. He ended the game tied for fifth in scoring among NHL defensemen.

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