It was exactly what the fans were hoping to see and exactly what the Sabres had to do.
Conor Sheary scored twice as the Sabres posted a 3-1 win over the New York Rangers at KeyBank Center, Saturday night.
It was the cure the team and their fans needed after an abysmal showing in an opening night loss to the Boston Bruins on Thursday.
The Sabres were quick to the puck and as a whole brought a much better effort.
“I thought we stuck with it as a group,” captain Jack Eichel said. “We played desperate. We won battles when we needed to and it’s great to see us get a team win like that.”
Eichel played a career high 25:45, won 57 percent of the face offs that he took, set up Sheary’s goal and capped off the scoring with an empty net goal.
Eichel, meanwhile, tossed his praise to goalie Carter Hutton who stopped 43 of 44 shots for his first win as a Sabre.
“I thought he was our best player,” said Eichel.
Sheary, who scored in the first and second periods, said that after Thursday’s loss players knew fans already had the sense of here we go again. So it was vital to come back with a strong effort.
“I think it was an important game for us,” Sheary said.
“We wanted to respond in the right way. You don’t want to lose a couple in a row to start the season and get on a downward trend. These are two huge points.”
Brett Howden scored the Rangers line goal.
The Sabres will be on home ice again Monday when they host the Vegas Golden Knights at 3pm.
Feature Image- BUFFALO, NY – OCTOBER 6: Sam Reinhart #23 congratulates Carter Hutton #40 of the Buffalo Sabres following their 3-1 victory against the New York Rangers in an NHL game on October 6, 2018 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Rob Marczynski/NHLI via Getty Images)