Comrie further sharp in web as Sabers sink Oilers 4-2 in Edmonton

Eric Comrie stood on his head in the Buffalo net, making 46 saves, as the Buffalo Sabers fought their way past the Edmonton Oilers for a 4-2 NHL victory Tuesday.

EDMONTON — Eric Comrie stood on his head in the Buffalo net, making 46 saves, as the Buffalo Sabers fought their way past the Edmonton Oilers for a 4-2 NHL victory on Tuesday.

Rasmus Dahlin, Tage Thompson, Alex Tuch and JJ Peterka scored for the Sabers (2-1-0).

Darnell Nurse and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins responded for the Oilers (1-2-0) who have trailed by at least two goals in each of their three games this season.

The Sabers started the scoring four minutes into the opening period on a four-on-three advantage as Dahlin picked the corner on a wrist shot off the draw that beat Oilers goaltender Stuart Skinner, getting his first start of the season.

It only took the Oilers 23 seconds to get that goal back, however, as Leon Draisaitl made a perfect pass on an odd-man break to Nurse, who put it past Comrie.

Buffalo regained the lead 46 seconds into the middle frame as Thompson danced around defenders and made a nice move at the net to slide the puck past Skinner.

The Sabers made it 3-1 five minutes into the second as Vinnie Hinostroza sprang Peterka for a breakaway and he put it through Skinner’s legs for his second of the season.

The Oilers peppered the Sabers net with quality shots for the bulk of the third period, but were unable to get anything past Comrie until there was 1:33 left as Connor McDavid made a nice little pass during a scramble in front to Nugent-Hopkins for the goal. McDavid tied Paul Coffey for fifth most assists in franchise history on the play.

The Oilers continued to press and had 23 shots in the third, but Tuch was able to muscle his way to a late empty-net goal to cancel thoughts of an Oilers comeback. Edmonton outshot the Sabers 48-24.


Dahlin joined Lindy Ruff as the second defenseman in Sabers franchise history to score in each of the first three games in a season. … The game featured four first overall draft picks in Dahlin (2018) and Owen Power (2021) for the Sabers and McDavid (2015) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2011) for Edmonton. … Buffalo goalie Comrie played his first ever game in his hometown of Edmonton against the Oilers. His older brother Mike was a member of the Oilers from 2000 to 2003. … With Oilers goalie Skinner also hailing from Edmonton, it marked the first time that two Edmonton-born goalies faced each other in an NHL game in Edmonton. … The Oilers went with 11 forwards and seven defensemen for the game, inserting recent rookie call-up Markus Niemelainen on the blue line. … Saber Hinostroza made his seasonal debut in place of forward Jack Quinn.


Both teams are back in action on Thursday night.

The Sabers play the second game of a four-game Western trip in Calgary against the Flames, while the Oilers play host to the Carolina Hurricanes in the fourth game of a season-opening six-game homestand.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 18, 2022.

Shane Jones, The Canadian Press

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