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Go to the video: Sabres' comeback was one small footnote to a scintillating Saturday

So what exactly was in the ice that made the water around the NHL when play resumed Saturday night?

It was a bizarro world at First Niagara Center as the Sabres roared back from a 3-0 deficit to stun the New York Islanders in a shootout, 4-3.

But do you think the Sabres coming back from 3-0 in the third period for just the second time in their history was the most bizarre thing that happened Saturday night? Guess again.

Was it in Ottawa? The Sabres will play there Monday, and the Senators might still be thinking about how they let Detroit's Gustav Nyquist circle with the puck in their end Harlem Globetrotters-style for 29 seconds -- seriously -- before he fired home the overtime winner.

Maybe Minnesota? The Wild, an alleged contender in the West that is just four points in front of the Sabres, lost in overtime to the Jets when Andrew Ladd's shot rifled high off the back boards, struck goaltender John Curry in the back and rolled in the net.

How about in Arizona, where Shane Doan scored a shootout winner to beat the Ducks -- while snapping his stick?

From the non-bizarro world, we add this final note: Edmonton lost 4-1 in Calgary and that's the Oilers' 20th loss in 21 games (1-14-6) and ninth straight (0-7-2).  The Sabres are now 10 points ahead of them in the overall standing. 

With Edmonton 1-18-6 against the West and looking like it will never win another game, you tankers can pretty much forget Buffalo finishing last. Better pull for a good lottery ball.


As far as other Sabres coverage, Bucky Gleason's column focuses on fun-loving Nikita Zadorov, loving life in his first full NHL season.

Matt Moulson is happy to not be a mumps patient, as John Vogl writes in his Sabres notebook.

In his Inside the NHL column, Vogl looks at the Sabres' recent drafts and points out the future is close to now with all the picks that have already made the NHL.

Here's the Sabres' highlight reel from Saturday night:



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