Logan Couture may be a die-hard Bills fan, but he got "One Buffalo Weekend" off to a losing start.
The San Jose forward scored with 3:52 to play Saturday, snapping a 2-2 tie and giving San Jose a 3-2 victory over the Sabres. Buffalo fell to 3-7-2, including 1-3-1 in KeyBank Center.
Couture took a pass in the left faceoff circle and hit the perfect spot, slipping his shot between goaltender Robin Lehner's ear and the post. Couture is a longtime fan of the Bills, who host Oakland on Sunday.
The Pegula-owned teams dubbed it "One Buffalo Weekend."
Chances: The Sabres had six power plays, including an unsuccessful one with 7:39 left in regulation, but connected just once. San Jose had the man-advantage three times.
Breakaway for starters: The Sharks' Joonas Donskoi got a present after stepping out of the penalty box – the puck. Buffalo defenseman Matt Tennyson whiffed on collecting a pass at the blue line just as Donskoi's penalty expired, giving the forward a breakaway.
Donskoi scored far side on Lehner with 9:12 off the clock for a 1-0 lead.
Shutout streak over: Including Tuesday's 1-0 shutout of Detroit, Lehner went 100 minutes, 47 seconds between goals. His career best is 126:59, accomplished late in 2013-14.
No goal: Sabres center Jack Eichel found the net on his 21st birthday, but he didn't score. As Eichel celebrated his apparent power-play goal with 2:48 left in the first, San Jose's Peter DeBoer issued a coach's challenge for goaltender interference.
Sam Reinhart followed Rasmus Ristolainen's slap shot to the net, and as he cruised through the crease he caught the blocker of Aaron Dell. The goalie spun slightly, then didn't get back in time to stop Eichel's rebound blast.
Officials sided with the Sharks and erased the goal.
Top shelf: The Sabres' power play connected early in the second, and it was a rocket. Kyle Okposo dropped the puck to Ryan O'Reilly at the top of the left circle, and the uncontested center unleashed a laser over Dell's glove into the top corner.
O'Reilly's fourth goal of the season, including his third on the power play, came with 2:55 gone.
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Rolling on: Jason Pominville's production continued when his scored his sixth goal with 5:09 left in the second, giving the Sabres a 2-1 lead. Eichel reached a loose puck first and pushed it to Pominville, whose low shot gave him 12 points in 12 games.
Every second matters: As the second period neared its end, the Sharks tied it. Timo Meier sped behind the Buffalo goal and dropped a pass to Melker Karlsson, who quickly came out front. He sent a pass across the crease to wide-open Chris Tierney, who made it 2-2 with just 11.6 seconds left.
— Logan Couture (@Logancouture) October 28, 2017
Up and down: The Sabres took the opening nine shots of the second period. San Jose followed with eight straight and finished the period with a 16-11 advantage.
The Sharks possessed the puck in the Sabres' zone for 6:33 during the period. Buffalo had possession in the San Jose end for 2:29.
Big stop: Lehner temporarily preserved the 2-1 lead when he thwarted a breakaway by Karlsson with four minutes left in the second. The goalie reached out for a poke check to knock the puck away.
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Scratched: With one extra player at both forward and defense, the Sabres scratched forward Matt Moulson and blue-liner Taylor Fedun for the second straight game.
Counting the house: The Sabres sold 18,892 tickets for the matinee.
Next: The Sabres are settling in for their second-longest break of the season. They don't play again until Thursday in Arizona, giving them four days off. Only the bye week in January is longer.
Five of the Sabres' next seven games are on the road. The next home game is Nov. 7 against Washington.