Sabres recover, defeat Ducks in OT to open road trip


Rasmus Asplund scored his second goal of the game at 4:16 of overtime, and the Buffalo Sabres recovered to defeat the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 at Honda Center in Anaheim on Thursday.

Asplund tapped the puck into an open net after receiving a pass from Victor Olofsson, who got around Trevor Zegras before warding off Jamie Drysdale to make the play.

Zemgus Girgensons and Arttu Ruotsalainen also scored for the Sabres (5-1-1), who were playing the first of a four-game road trip. Craig Anderson made 34 saves.

Simon Benoit scored his first NHL goal, and Anthony Stolarz made 25 saves for the Ducks (2-4-2), who are 0-3-2 in their past five games.

Girgensons gave Buffalo a 1-0 lead at 15:03 of the first period from the left circle after Stolarz gave up a big rebound on Kyle Okposo‘s initial shot.

Asplund made it 2-0 at 4:24 of the second with a one-timer on the power play, and Ruotsalainen was credited with the goal that made it 3-0 at 6:01 when Anders Bjork‘s initial shot deflected in off his stick.

Troy Terry responded at 7:46 to make it 3-1, scoring short side from the right circle off a cross-slot pass from Ryan Getzlaf. The assist moved Getzlaf one point behind Teemu Selanne (988) for first in Anaheim history.

Adam Henrique scored his 200th NHL goal when he poked in a loose puck at the toe of Anderson’s right skate to cut it to 3-2 at 16:31.

Simon Benoit then tied it 3-3 at 5:59 of the third period with a shot from the top of the right circle that trickled through Anderson’s left arm after deflecting off Sabres forward Dylan Cozens.

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