Dallas, Texas (WGR 550) - The Buffalo Sabres kicked off their Central Division road trip in grand style on Monday, as the blue and gold took down the Dallas Stars in overtime, 3-2, at American Airlines Center.
It was rookie defenseman Owen Power scoring his first goal of the season in overtime that put Buffalo past the Stars, securing his team a third-straight win.
The home team got off to a fast start, as the Stars jumped out to an 11-0 shot advantage in the early goings.
One of those shots found twine, as captain Jamie Benn's 19th goal of the season just 1:48 into the game opened the scoring on the power play.
The Sabres had an answer before period's end, though. Seconds after a faceoff, Rasmus Dahlin and Casey Mittelstadt played pitch-and-catch before Dahlin uncorked a slap shot from the point to tie the game at 1-1.
The goal was Dahlin's career-high 14th of the season, and he also matched his career-high in points (53 during the 2021-22 campaign) in the process.
No goals or penalties occurred in the second period, but the teams again traded goals in the third period of play.
Victor Olofsson extended his goal scoring streak to a fourth game with an early tally in the period to give Buffalo their first lead of the evening.
Unfortunately for the Sabres, that advantage lasted a little more than four minutes long, as Dallas' top-scoring forward Jason Robertson countered Olofsson's 22nd goal of the season with his 32nd to make it a 2-2 contest with just about 14:00 to play in regulation.
Neither side found the game-winning tally before regulation's end, though, so off to overtime they went.
In the extra frame, it took Alex Tuch, Tage Thompson and Power less than a minute to drop the curtain on the Western Conference's top squad.
Power's goal was the first-game winning tally of his young career, and his first goal of any kind since the regular season finale last year on April 29, 2022.
Craig Anderson also registered the victory between the pipes in, what was, his 700th-career game in the NHL.
BUF: 11:29 - Rasmus Dahlin (14) (Casey Mittelstadt)
DAL: 1:48 - Jamie Benn (19) PPG (Roope Hintz, Joe Pavelski)
BUF: 1:44 - Victor Olofsson (22) (Jeff Skinner, Tage Thompson)
DAL: 5:58 - Jason Robertson (32) (Joe Pavelski)
BUF: 0:56 - Owen Power (1) (Tage Thompson, Alex Tuch)
BUF: 1:23 - Tage Thompson (High sticking - 2 min.)
DAL: 3:41 - Ryan Suter (Tripping - 2 min.); 12:14 - Roope Hintz (High sticking - 2 min.)
DAL: 16:41 - Jason Robertson (High sticking - 2 min.)
Losi and Gangi Three Stars of the Game:
1.) Craig Anderson - BUF
2.) Joe Pavelski - DAL
3.) Rasmus Dahlin - BUF
The blue and gold travel to St. Louis to visit the Blues on Tuesday night. Puck drop at Enterprise Center is set for 8 p.m. EST with pregame coverage on WGR with Brian Koziol starting at 7 p.m. EST.