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Video: Sabres finally get a goal from a defenseman

Buffalo Sabres v New York Islanders

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 07: Jake McCabe #19 of the Buffalo Sabres skates against the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center on October 7, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Going into last night’s game against Colorado, the Buffalo Sabres had scored just 56 goals this season. Even after their 4-2 win over the Avs, they’re still ranked dead-last in the “goals scored” category.

One of the big reasons why the Sabres haven’t found the back of the net more, is because their defensemen had combined for zero (yes, zero) goals through 27 games. That finally changed last night though.

Jake McCabe’s goal at the 18:59 mark of the second period didn’t just give the Sabres a 2-1 lead, it also was the first one from a Buffalo blue liner in 2017-18.

The fact that it took 28 games is a little sad, but that just goes to show where the Sabres are as a team right now.

Anyway, here it is:

The Avs challenged the play because they believed the Sabres entered the zone offside, but getting a goal from a defender was simply meant to be for Buffalo on Tuesday.

Here’s a good-looking stat:

“The hockey gods were on our side I guess on that call,” McCabe said after the game, per the Buffalo News. “And hopefully the floodgates open for us on the back end now too.”


Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.