Yes, the Sabres lost on opening night. If there never was an anticlimactic moment in Sabres’ history, the start of last night’s game was it. The build up to the season and opening night had been almost unreal.
After the Ottawa Senators scored very early in the first, it was two periods of boring, a 2-0 Senators lead, and really a dead arena. Then Jack Eichel scored in the third period for his first regular season goal as a Sabre and the building went nuts. Not too long after Eichel scored, Evander Kane appeared to tie the game 2-2. The building exploded. But the Ottawa coach challenged the goal. Yes challenged. The NHL has a new challenge rule in place for this season. Zemgus Girgensons was offside before Kane buried the tying goal. The Senators won the challenge and eventually won the game.
It is really hard to judge this new version of the blue and gold after one game. But Eichel came as advertised. It will be interesting to see how the season starts developing over the coming week.
There are two videos here…Jack Eichel’s first goal and the 2015-16 opening night “Next Chapter” video. The latter is really well done and will take your Sabres and Buffalo pride to a blue and gold level.
— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) October 9, 2015