After playing 14 NHL games over the past two seasons, Buffalo Sabres forward Sam Reinhart finally cashed in, scoring his first NHL goal – the only goal of the game for Buffalo – in a 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Early in the first period with the Sabres working in the Lightning zone, Tampa Bay defenseman Slater Koekkoek passed the puck up the right wall to forward Alex Killorn. Killorn was then knocked off the puck by Reinhart, but the Lightning’s Valteri Filppula gained control only to be stripped of the puck in the right faceoff circle by the Sabres’ Tyler Ennis. Ennis fired a shot on Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop, with Ennis retrieving the rebound behind the net.
Reinhart played the maximum nine NHL games at the start of the 2014-15 season before being sent back to the Kootenay Ice of the WHL. The Ice appeared to be headed nowhere until Reinhart’s return, but they ended up making the playoffs only to drop a hard-fought first round series with the Calgary Hitmen, 4 games to 3. Reinhart also won a World Junior Championship gold medal with Team Canada along the way, tying for the tournament scoring lead with two other players.
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