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Sabres beat Capitals 3-2 in OT to get past Oilers

CARLSBAD, Calif.

— The Buffalo Sabres defeated the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 on Saturday to improve to 5-1-0 in their past eight games and advance to the Eastern Conference Final.

Buffalo scored two power-play goals in the second period to keep the game scoreless.

It was the third straight game the Sabres had scored three power-plays goals.

The Oilers scored two goals in that period and went 2 for 4 on the man advantage.

“I thought the boys responded well, but we didn’t make any big mistakes,” Sabres coach Dave Hakstol said.

“They’re a very talented team, they’re a talented team.

We just didn’t get the bounces and we didn’it was frustrating for a couple of us.”

After the Sabres scored two late goals in a 3-0 first period, it was the Oilers who were able to get back in the game.

The Sabres’ Patrick Kaleta had a power-shot goal with 1:12 remaining in the first period and Tyler Ennis scored his first of the season at 6:37.

Sabres defenseman Ryan O’Reilly stopped all 28 shots he faced.

The Oilers led 1-0 on an empty-net goal by Connor McDavid at 9:04 of the second when he went through the neutral zone and beat Kaleta on the rush.

Kaleta and Ennis each had a goal for the Oilers.

Kalet got the Sabres in front with a short shot from the left point on a rebound of the rebound that went past Oilers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.

Ennis got the second goal with 4:52 remaining in regulation on a wrist shot from behind the net that was deflected by the goalie and deflected into the net by Hakstoli.

The Oilers had three power plays in the period, but none was a scoring chance. 

The Sabres have not scored in regulation since March 5, when they beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-3 in overtime.

The Capitals, who won the Presidents’ Trophy as the best team in the league this season, had a chance for the game-winner just before the end of the first.

The puck bounced off the net and off the back of goaltender Sergei Bobrov’s skate.

Bobrovski stopped 22 shots for the Capitals. 

A penalty shot by Jack Eichel tied the game at 2-2 after the Ducks and Sabres combined to take a 1-1 lead at the 7:13 mark of the period.

The Ducks scored two in a span of 12 seconds to tie the game 3-3. 

Sabres defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk blocked the rebound to seal the win for the Sabres.

Hakstol was pleased with his players’ performance.

“It was a great team effort.

We had some chances in the third period and were not able to score and it’s frustrating when that happens,” Hakstul said.”

They made some great saves and they made some big plays and I thought they made a lot of plays.

It’s not easy to score when you’re behind.”

The Sabres (4-2-0) had three players start for the first time this season.

Goalie Scott Clemmensen stopped 20 of 25 shots and goaltender Chad Johnson stopped 26 of 28 shots.

Eichel, who missed the start of the regular season with a lower-body injury, has not been a full participant in the season opener.

He had 14 goals and 26 assists for 53 points in 53 games this season after signing a three-year contract with Buffalo.