BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Rookie defenseman Owen Power scored his first goal of the season and first career overtime winner to give the Sabres their third straight victory, 3-2 at Dallas on Monday night in goaltender Craig Anderson’s 700th NHL game.
Rasmus Dahlin, the other No. 1 overall pick on Buffalo’s blue-line, scored his 14th of the year, setting a new career-best, and Victor Olofsson extended his career-long goal streak to four games with his 22nd, also a personal-high season tally. It was Olofsson’s ninth goal in 10 games and fifth during a streak that included two in Saturday’s win against the Ducks.
Tage Thompson had two assists, including the slick pass that set up Power’s one-timer from the right circle 56 seconds into overtime. Thompson now has 31 assists to go with his 32 goals, bringing him within five points of the career-high 68 he recorded last season. The 20-year-old Power became the fifth-youngest Sabres player and third-youngest defenseman to score an overtime goal.
“It’s obviously nice,” said Power, who scored two goals in eight games last season. “Hopefully I get some more.”
Anderson made 29 saves in becoming the 30th goaltender to appear in 700 games. He is the fifth U.S.-born goalie to reach the milestone. Buffalo’s all-time winningest goalie Ryan Miller is 18th on the NHL’s career list and second among Americans 796. Dominick Hasek is 25th and 735.
“You just keep chugging along,” said Anderson, who made multiple point-blank saves during the first 10 minutes when Dallas took a 1-0 lead and outshot Buffalo 10-0. “Whatever the milestone might be, the milestone is. The love of the game is for real. It doesn’t feel like it’s been that long.”
“It’s crazy how long he’s been able to do it and at such a high level, too,” Power said. “That first period he made probably about five to 10 grade-A chance big saves. It’s pretty impressive to be able to play for this long and still be able to do it at such a high level.”
Power was eight days old when Anderson made his NHL debut on Nov. 30, 2002 with the Chicago Blackhawks.
“I think the guy’s well beyond his years,” Anderson said. “He’s got a long stick, good defensively, usually he’s on the right side of the puck. He’s still learning but as far as a guy that you can count on, I think it’s very rare that you can count on a 20-year-old to play that kind of minutes in this league and he’s showing that he can do it on a regular basis. He’s playing a lot of minutes and playing a big role for us. He’s a big part of this squad as far as where we’re at and where we’re going.”
“He’s had a lot of years in the NHL and there’s not going to be a lot of years left in the NHL for him,” Sabres coach Don Granato said of Anderson. “He knows every moment’s special, and tonight was another one of those.”
Dallas recorded the first 10 shots on goal through nine minutes with Anderson stopping multiple point-blank opportunities. Soon after, Dahlin’s one-time blast from the high slot tied the score at 1 midway through the period. Olofsson converted on a 3-on-2 break with a one-timer from the right circle 1:44 into the third period to put Buffalo ahead 2-1.
Jamie Benn and Jason Robertson scored for the Stars, who had shutouts in their last two. Jake Oettinger made 22 saves. Robertson has 32 goals, tied with Thompson and Colorado’s Mikko Rantanen for third place in the league.
Buffalo continues its road trip Tuesday night at St. Louis.
Jonah Bronstein joined the News 4 roster in 2022 as a digital sports reporter. Read more of his work here.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.