The Sabres are 2-0 in the young player showcase. They opened the tournament Thursday with a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. They got first-period goals from 2013 draft picks Nicholas Baptiste and Justin Bailey. First-round pick Rasmus Ristolainen scored the game-winner early in the second period. Nathan Lieuwen stopped 26 shots for the win.
Then Friday, they surrendered a three-goal lead to the New York Rangers before pulling out a 6-5 overtime win. Nikita Zadorov, Buffalo's other first-round pick in 2013, scored the game-winner from the point – his second goal of the game – with just 21 seconds left in overtime. Baptiste scored two more goals, while Eric Locke also scored to help Buffalo build a 5-2 third-period lead. New York scored three times in the final 10 minutes to force overtime. Andrey Makarov made 27 saves for the win.and with
"Everyone really played their role,” Locke said. “Everyone was hitting. Everyone was backchecking, so that’s good to see."
Buffalo plays the Carolina Hurricanes at 4 p.m. today. A win would give them a 3-0 record and guarantee them their division title. They'd then play the other division winner in Monday's title game. Buffalo won the last prospects tourney in 2011.
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