Later Sunday, the Buffalo Sabres scored late in the third period to force overtime as well, but the St. Louis Blues emerged victorious, 3-2.
If it felt like an usually stressful day as a Buffalo sports fan, that's because it was. Sunday was only the second day ever that the Bills and Sabres went to overtime on the same day, a News analysis found.
The Bills have played 37 overtime games in their history, winning 22 and losing 15. They have never tied since the NFL added the overtime period in 1974. The Sabres have played significantly more overtime games since the NHL reinstituted the extra period in the 1983-84 season, but only one other time on the same day as the Bills.
The last time the Bills and Sabres went to overtime together would certainly be considered one of the most stressful – and exhilarating – days in Buffalo sports history. It was Jan. 3, 1993, the day the Bills rallied from a 35-3 deficit to beat the the Houston Oilers in the famed Comeback Game at Rich Stadium, winning 41-38 in overtime during the wild-card round of the playoffs. The Sabres also went to overtime that day, against the St. Louis Blues once again, and Brad May's overtime goal gave the Sabres a 6-5 win.