BUFFALO, NY - Boyd Gordon's goal with 4:15 to play in the game lifted the Oilers to a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night.
Gordon was spotted on a picture-perfect pass by Teddy Purcell. Gordon redirected Purcell's seeing-eye feed from the back door, stunning the hometown Sabres crowd and ending the Oilers four-game slide.
"It was a good win for our guys. I thought our guys beared down. They wanted to get the win for our equipment manager Brad Harrison (who was working his 1000th pro game)," Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins said.
"I thought our guys were excellent tonight. Not only did they play well, they had good energy on the bench."
The goal was Gordon's second in two games.
"He works so hard. He takes great pride in it (starting most shifts in the defensive zone) and takes great pride in the penalty kill. He just goes about his business," Eakins said of Gordon.
Gordon talked about getting his second goal in as many games.
"You want to contribute. All four lines had a pretty equal ice time. If they're all going we have a pretty good chance," he said.
The two teams were tied 1-1 heading into the third period before the Sabres broke the deadlock. Drew Stafford's shot from the right circle got by Fasth to give the Sabres the lead
“Heading into the third, we were really confident. We were blocking shots, getting chances and cycling the puck down low," said Arcobello. "I think we did a good job staying composed after they scored.”
After a scoreless first period, Buffalo got on the board first only 26 seconds into the middle frame. Matt Moulson scooped up the puck at the top of the crease and quickly rifled it past Fasth for his first goal of the season.
Less than a minute later, Iiro Pakarinen pounced on a rebound in the slot after Mark Fayne blasted a point shot on goal to get the Oilers back on even terms. The goal was Pakarinen’s first in his NHL career.
“That feeling is great, obviously. It’s very great to score a goal in the best league in the world,” said Pakarinen. “But the most important thing is that we got two points.”
Pakarinen almost scored in the first period as he looked much more comfortable in this game than in his NHL debut on Thursday. Early in the first period, he broke through the Sabres defence and registered a backhand on Buffalo starting goaltender Michal Neuvirth.
“I think I played much better today," Pakarinen continued. "Of course, next game I have to play better and better. I want to be better and better every day.”