Despite what would be considered an unsuccessful weekend in which they lost two games, the rebuilding Buffalo Sabres still received glimpses of a potentially better future with the first NHL goals from prospects Johan Larsson and Tim Schaller.
Larsson has traveled Interstate 90 between Rochester and Buffalo on more than one occasion this season, receiving the latest call-up on December 21st. He suited up for the Saturday contest between the Sabres and the Colorado Avalanche, a game won by the Avalanche by a 5-1 score. Larsson’s goal came in the third period with the outcome not in doubt, serving only to prevent the first NHL shutout by Colorado’s Calvin Pickard.
Johan Larsson and Tim Schaller have now scored their first NHL goals in consecutive games. Zadorov and Ristolainen did the same last season.
— Sabres PR (@SabresPR) December 22, 2014
Schaller’s goal came against the Boston Bruins on Sunday night, giving the Sabres a 3-2 lead early in the third period. The goal nearly help up as the game-winner but the Bruins’ Dougie Hamilton tied the game with less than two minutes left, then Loui Eriksson scored the winner in overtime to give the Bruins a 4-3 victory.
Larsson was acquired by the Sabres in the deal that sent Jason Pominville to the Minnesota Wild, while Schaller was a free agent signing out of Providence College back in April of 2013. Both players have competed for the AHL‘s Rochester Americans the past two seasons, with both receiving more than one call-up in the 2014-15 season.
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