O’Reilly shines, Ristolainen struggles as Sabres fall to Avalanche, 5-4

February 11, 2018

A great night from Ryan O’Reilly wasn’t enough to get the Sabres a point or two in the standings tonight.

Meanwhile, the recent struggles of Rasmus Ristolainen continued. He was on the ice for all five Colorado goals and was benched for part of the game.

O’Reilly’s line with Evander Kane and Jason Pominville dominated the Tyson Jost-JT Compher-Mikko Rantanen trio.

Casey Nelson netted his first career goal (shorthanded) in 30 NHL games.

But while scoring goals wasn’t a huge problem in Buffalo’s first game since Jack Eichel went down with a high ankle sprain, stopping them was. Robin Lehner allowed five goals on 27 shots.

Here are some detailed stats from tonight’s game:

Even-strength scoring chances: Buffalo 16, Colorado 10

Even-strength high danger scoring chances: Buffalo 6, Colorado 4

Even-strength shot attempts: Buffalo 46, Colorado 29

Power plays: Colorado 1-5, Buffalo 1-5

Individual shot attempts leaders: Buffalo – O’Reilly 10, Nelson 7, Rodrigues 5, Beaulieu 5, Wilson 5; Colorado – Barrie 10, Rantanen 6, three players with 4

Buffalo’s ice time leaders: defensemen- Scandella 25:10, Ristolainen 23:48, Nelson 19:16; forwards- O’Reilly 26:48, Kane 21:43, Reinhart 19:37

Buffalo’s 5-on-5 corsi leaders % (offensive zone start %): Reinhart 73.91 (100.00), Kane 70.00 (85.71), Josefson 66.67 (0.00)

Buffalo’s worst 5-on-5 corsi % (offensive zone start %): Larsson 20.00 (0.00), Pouliot 22.22 (50.00), Okposo 27.27 (80.00)

Goaltending: Lehner 27 shots faced, 22 saves, .815 save %

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