Final Score: Buffalo 2, Phoenix 1 (OT)
Buffalo, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Buffalo has had its fair share of
misfortune this season, but was on the right side of a bizarre play Monday
night as the Sabres edged the Phoenix Coyotes, 2-1, in overtime at First
Mark Pysyk fired a shot from near the right circle 3:47 into the extra session
which was initially stopped by Coyotes goalie Mike Smith, but the puck bounced
straight up into the air and was batted down by a Phoenix defender and landed
in the back of Smith's pants.
Smith, unaware of the disc wedged in his pants, turned and slid backwards into
the net carrying the puck across the goal line for the game-winner.
"I saw it come down and figured it landed. I didn't know where it went from
there, but I saw he was in the net and figured it was in," said Pysyk.
Tyler Ennis scored the game-tying goal 14:01 into the final session for the
Sabres, winners in three of their last four. Ryan Miller made 36 saves in the
Martin Hanzal scored the lone goal for Phoenix, which has dropped four of its
last five games. Smith made 30 saves.
"If they (the officials) don't see the puck they're supposed to blow the
whistle. That didn't happen," said Smith. "I didn't feel it at all. I didn't
know what happened. I know the puck went up in the air but I had no idea where
it went after that."
Hanzal lit the lamp 19 seconds into the middle session when he tipped in
Connor Murphy's shot from just inside the blue line. The goal was reviewed for
high-sticking on Hanzal, but it was determined to be a clean goal and score
held at 1-0.
Ennis tied the game 14:01 into the third. Zemgus Girgensons stole the puck
just inside the Phoenix zone and found Ennis all alone charging the net. Ennis
faked a shot, cut back to his left and beat Smith over his right pad for a 1-1
Pysyk's goal was the second of his career ... Buffalo will visit Toronto on
Friday ... The Sabres were 0-for-3 on the power play, but killed off all five
of Phoenix's power-play chances ... Hanzal has 10 goals this season ... The
Coyotes finished their four-game road trip 1-3 ... Phoenix will host the
Sharks on Friday.
12/24 00:40:09 ET
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