The Buffalo Sabres found themselves down early to a New York Rangers team desperate to get more points in the standings. The Rangers entered Tuesday night's matchup in Buffalo last in the league standings with the Ottawa Senators.
The Sabres dug deep, and used the power play in the second period to pull ahead of the Rangers for good and pick up a 3-2 win at KeyBank Center. The win for Buffalo was its second win in a row and third of the season.
Let's go over three observations from this game:
1.) Dylan Cozens looks like a complete NHL player
After scoring his first NHL goal Friday night against the Washington Capitals, Ralph Krueger took rookie forward Dylan Cozens out of the lineup as part of a scheduled rotation the Sabres head coach has for his young players.
After sitting out Sunday, Cozens made his presence felt when he hit the ice on Tuesday night. Cozens found the net on the power play in the middle of the first period on the power play, firing a quick one-timed pass from Eric Staal to tie the score 1-1 at the time.
Despite finishing the game with the lowest ice-time among all Sabres players (10:12), Cozens is certainly making himself effective in his time on the ice. If his play now is any indication, Cozens could be in for a bright future in Buffalo.
2.) Power play is lethal yet again
The Sabres seem to be hitting their stride with the man advantage. After a successful Sunday afternoon, going 3-for-5 on the day, the Sabres continued their power play success Tuesday night, converting on 2-of-4 opportunities.
We already know about Cozens' goal, but it was Sabres captain Jack Eichel who deposited Buffalo's other chance with the man advantage to put the team up for good. His second period goal with 12:29 remaining in the period was his first goal of the 2020-21 season.
The Sabres generated nine shots while up a man, and completely out-skated the Rangers with both units.
3.) Sabres allow another first career NHL goal
Our own Brayton Wilson noted earlier Tuesday morning on Twitter that the Sabres have a knack for allowing players to score their first NHL goal.
We can add to Brayton's list, as Rangers defenseman K'Andre Miller scored his first career goal late in the first period on Tuesday night.
The Sabres and Rangers will take Wednesday night off before going head-to-head once again on Thursday at KeyBank Center. Faceoff takes place at 7 p.m. EST and can be heard on the Radio Home of the Sabres - WGR Sports Radio 550.