With the game tied at one late in the third period between the Blackhawks and Sabres, Blackhawks rookie Phillip Danault had the biggest moment of his young career.
Danault charged the Buffalo net with roughly five minutes left in the game. The wing then flipped a wrist shot, beating Sabres goalie Chad Johnson.
The goal came on his third shot of the game. Danault has tallied a few points before Friday night’s game. With the goal he now has five points on the year, the only five points of his career which includes two appearances last year.
Danault’s goal gave the Blackhawks their second lead of the game and would prove to be the game winner. The Blackhawks took their first lead in the first period off a Niklas Hjalmarsson goal. The Sabres evened the game up midway through the third period on a Ryan O’Reilly roal.
Jonathan Toews would add another goal to the Blackhawks total for the night, scoring an empty-netter to make it 3-1.
It marked the sixth consecutive win for the Blackhawks.