It was another dismal night for the Buffalo Sabres, this time falling 6-2 at the hands of the white hot Minnesota Wild on Thursday at the Xcel Energy Center. However, Eau Claire native Jake McCabe had one of the strongest showings of any Sabre. Here’s a breakdown of them by period. His totals were 29 shifts, 20:38 time on ice, 3 shots, 1 assist, 4 hits, 1 blocked shot.
First (11 shifts, 6:56 of ice time, 3:50 on the penalty kill, +/- 0, 1 shot, 1 hit)
— A hit on Nino Niederreiter in the neutral zone negated a chance at offense, and both teams changed up lines.
— He beat Eric Staal to a puck behind the net and cleared the zone, which eventually led to a Jack Eichel shot in the slot.
— Playing on the penalty kill after a costly five-minute major on Rasmus Ristolainen, McCabe got his stick on a pair of pucks. The first one came on a Matt Dumba pass from the point. He got it away from the net and Minnesota had to regroup. The other was on a Zach Parise pass below the hashmarks.
— Bumped Staal off the puck after flushing him wide left at the blue line.
Second: (10 shifts, 7:11 ice time, -1, 2 hits, 2 shots)
— Knocked Tyler Ennis off the puck and tied him up on the boards after sending him wide
—Shot on goal from right side near boards
— Huge hit behind the Minnesota goal after joining an offensive rush
— Shot on goal from the point, not a one-timer but got rid of it quick after a pass from Eichel.
— Helped block a shot from the left hash. Though Marco Scandella caught most of it, McCabe was in position.
—Went behind the net after a faceoff and cleared the puck, which eventually was chipped all the way to the other end.
Third: 8 shifts, 6:31 ice time, +1, 1 hit, 1 blocked shot, 1 assist)
— A hit on Mikael Granlund, who was entering his offensive zone.
—** Created scoring opportunity by zipping a nice pass to Zach Bogosian, who got the puck the net. Sam Reinhart batted home loose puck.**
—Cleared the zone after battling with Daniel Winnik near the bench.
— Knocked Charlie Coyle off the puck and flushed him wide toward the boards.
—Knocked down Parise along the boards behind the goal in battle for the puck.