[BN] Hockey: Another night of firsts for Owen Power in Sabers’ loss |

Buffalo Sabers defenseman Owen Power celebrates his first career point on an Alex Tuch goal.

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Observations: Another night of firsts for Owen Power in Sabers’ loss to St. Louis

You’ll always remember your first game, and Owen Power has good reason to keep the memory of Tuesday night fresh.

You’ll always remember your first NHL point, and Power’s pass to the slot to set up Alex Tuch’s goal in the second period Thursday night will hopefully be the first of many.

How about the first time a 30-goal scorer forces you to make a mistake that ends up with the puck in the back of your net? Luckily for Power, it happened during the same game as the assist, and happened during a game in which the 19-year-old defenseman had a pretty strong performance.

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It was another night of firsts for Power in his debut in front of a Sabers crowd home.

Tuesday night offered his first win. Thursday night was his first loss.

Here are Lance Lysowski’s observations from the 6-2 defeat.


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Underappreciated Tage Thompson: “If you had told me at the time of the Jack Eichel trade that there would be this much positive momentum carried by the Sabers into the 2022-23 season, I would not have believed you, but here we are. And Tage Thompson is a big reason for it, “ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski wrote when listing Thompson among the 12 most underappreciated players of the 2021-22 season. Read more


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