BUFFALO, N.Y. — For more than a year, I've criticized Conor Sheary as someone who can't create chances for himself.
Conversely, Phil Kessel has always been the guy flying down the right wing who could hide his shot from any distance with a hop and create a goal.
Well, at least when Sheary plays the Penguins, those roles are switched. Talk about a guy who wanted to take advantage of every chance, regardless the quality. He was physical against players sized Jack Johnson and larger. He was quick to pick up the puck. He was quicker to shoot the puck.
And, in overtime, a period of play where Kessel has been a difference maker for the Penguins at an elite level prior to this season, it was Sheary who created a scoring chance, converted it and celebrated while Kessel, Evgeni Malkin, Marcus Pettersson and Matt Murray drifted to the bench and off the ice with their bodies sulking.
The Penguins have five wins and nine losses (1-2 in shootouts) when a game goes beyond regulation. That's ... not good enough with the best player in the world, the NHL's 101st best player of all time, Kessel -- who singlehandedly won darn near every overtime game played last season -- and a number of puck-moving defensemen.
Kessel didn't hesitate to shoot the puck, leading the game with seven shots, but the Sabres created and converted theirs better -- especially when it counted.
The first image up top is of Kessel as Sheary and the Sabres celebrate behind him. From there are the rest of the game's best images from "Hole 3" at KeyBank Center -- located between sections 103 and 104.