PITTSBURGH -- With the Stanley Cup final set to start Monday night in PPG Paints Arena, it's interesting to note the Sabres had a signature win and a crushing loss this season against both the Penguins and Nashville Predators.
The Sabres went 1-2 against Pittsburgh and 1-0-1 against Nashville, with Jack Eichel's overtime goal Jan. 24 in Bridgestone Arena clearly rating as one of the team's individual highlights of the entire season. Here's a quick look back at the five games:
Nov. 19 at KeyBank Center -- Sabres 2, Penguins 1 (SO): Cal O'Reilly (remember him?) scored the only goal in the shootout while Anders Nilsson made 46 saves in the game and three more in the shootout as the Sabres snapped an 0-4-2 slide. William Carrier scored his first NHL goal.
Jan. 24 at Bridgestone Arena -- Sabres 5, Predators 4 (OT): Eichel's goal gave the Sabres their third straight victory (all in overtime) and capped a rally from a 4-2 deficit in the final six minutes.
Feb. 28 at KeyBank Center -- Predators 5, Sabres 4 (OT): Turnabout was fair play as the Preds wiped out a 4-2 deficit in the third and won on Filip Forsberg's goal, handing the Sabres a devastating loss in the final game before the trade deadline.
March 5 at PPG Paints Arena -- Penguins 4, Sabres 3: For the second time in two seasons, the Sabres broke to a 3-0 first-period lead on the Pens' home ice and couldn't get a win. On this night, they gave up third-period goals in a 50-second span to Jake Guentzel with 3:46 left and Conor Sheary with 2:56 to go and didn't even get a point.
March 21 at KeyBank Center -- Penguins 3, Sabres 1: Sidney Crosby's one-handed backhand breakaway is about all anyone will remember from this game. Just plain sick.
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— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) March 21, 2017