Buffalo Sabres centre Dylan Cozens, left, celebrates his first NHL goal with defenceman Rasmus Ristolainen during the second period of a game against the Washington Capitals on Jan. 22 in Washington. (Nick Wass/AP)

Buffalo Sabres centre Dylan Cozens, left, celebrates his first NHL goal with defenceman Rasmus Ristolainen during the second period of a game against the Washington Capitals on Jan. 22 in Washington. (Nick Wass/AP)

Cozens notches first NHL goal in loss to Capitals, scores in win against Rangers

The Yukoner potted his first tally at 10:43 of the second period on Jan. 22

Whitehorse’s Dylan Cozens scored the first goal of his NHL career on Jan. 22 during a shootout loss to the Washington Capitals.

The Buffalo Sabres took the lead just over halfway through the first period on a goal from Eric Staal, but the Capitals evened things up with a goal from Niklas Backstrom before the intermission.

In the second, Nic Dowd scored early to give Washington a 2-1 lead.

The lead didn’t last long though, as Cozens found the back of the net to tie it 2-2 at the 10:43 mark of the second period.

“I saw a couple other guys coming down and I saw them as options to pass to,” Cozens said after the game. “I took one quick look at the net, saw my spot, and just let it go. I don’t really remember too much, I kind of blacked out a bit, but it found its way in.”

Jakub Vrana scored a couple of minutes later to put the Caps up 3-2, but Riley Sheahan responded 42 seconds later to tie the game 3-3.

A scoreless third period led to an overtime that solved nothing and Washington was able to edge out in a win in the shootout.

Cozens got the nod for Buffalo, shooting after Jack Eichel and Taylor Hall, with a chance to win the game, but like his teammates wasn’t able to solve Vitek Vanecek.

The Workhorse from Whitehorse, as media and fans have dubbed Cozens, finished the game with one goal on one shot, two blocked shots and 13:24 of ice time.

Sabres win rubbermatch against Caps

The Buffalo Sabres rebounded from their Jan. 22 loss with a 4-3 win against the Capitals on Jan. 24.

Down 1-0 after 20 minutes, the Sabres outscored Washington 2-1 in the second to tie things up after two periods.

After trading goals in the third, the game was 3-3 after regulation and overtime again solved nothing.

This time, it was Buffalo able to eke out a win 4-3.

Cozens was a healthy scratch, with head coach Ralph Krueger explaining it was part of the plan to keep taxi squad players involved.

Cozens returns to lineup, scores in win over Rangers

The Sabres beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Jan. 26, with Buffalo captain Jack Eichel scoring the winner midway through the second period.

New York jumped out to an early 1-0 lead thanks to a Chris Kreider goal, but Buffalo tied things up courtesy of Cozens on the power play a little over six minutes later. The Rangers scored again in the first with just seconds to play, taking a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.

Buffalo took the lead for good in the second period with a goal from Tobias Rieder to tie things at 2-2. Eichel scored his first of the season a little over a minute after Rieder, making the score 3-2.

Cozens finished the game with a +1 rating, a goal, three shots on net and a little over 10 minutes of ice time.

The Sabres and Rangers meet again on Jan. 28, before the Buffalo club heads across the river for a back-to-back against the New Jersey Devils.

Contact John Hopkins-Hill at john.hopkinshill@yukon-news.com

Dylan Cozens

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Fines for contravening the fire ban start at $1,150 and could go as high as $100,000. File photo
Yukon campgrounds will open on May 1 this year. (Black Press file)
Yukon campgrounds to open early

Yukon campgrounds will open on May 1 this year. The early opening… Continue reading

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: The aesthetics and economics of highway strips

One of the many cultural experiences you enjoy while driving from Whitehorse… Continue reading

Submitted
Artwork by Grade 2 student Faith showing her thanks for everyone.
Artwork by Grade 2 student Faith showing her thanks for everyone. (Submitted)
Yukon kids express gratitude for nature, pets and friends in art campaign

More than 50 children submitted artwork featuring things they are grateful for

Team Yukon skip Laura Eby, left, directs her team as Team Northern Ontario skip Krysta Burns looks on at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Calgary on Feb. 22. (Jeff McIntosh/CP)
Team Yukon reports positive experience at Scotties

Team Yukon played their final game at the national championship in Calgary on Thursday afternoon

A sign indicating a drop-off area behind Selkirk Elementary school in Whitehorse on Feb. 25. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Parking lot proposal for Selkirk Elementary criticized

Parents and school council are raising concerns about green space and traffic woes

Tom Ullyett, pictured, is the first Yukoner to receive the Louis St-Laurent Award of Excellence from the Canadian Bar Association for his work as a community builder and mentor in the territory. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)
Tom Ullyett wins lifetime achievement award from the Canadian Bar Association

Ullyett has worked in the Yukon’s justice ecosystem for 36 years as a public sector lawyer and mentor

The Blood Ties outreach van will now run seven nights a week, thanks to a boost in government funding. Logan Godin, coordinator, and Jesse Whelen, harm reduction counsellor, are seen here on May 12, 2020. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Blood Ties outreach van running seven nights a week with funding boost

The Yukon government is ramping up overdose response, considering safe supply plan

Ranj Pillai speaks to media about business relief programs in Whitehorse on April 1, 2020. The Yukon government announced Feb.25 that it will extend business support programs until September. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Government extends business relief programs to September, launches new loan

“It really gives folks some help with supporting their business with cash flow.”

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
A look at decisions made by Whitehorse City Council this week

Bylaw amendment Whitehorse city council is moving closer with changes to a… Continue reading

Susie Rogan is a veteran musher with 14 years of racing experience and Yukon Journey organizer. (Yukon Journey Facebook)
Yukon Journey mushers begin 255-mile race

Eleven mushers are participating in the race from Pelly Crossing to Whitehorse

Legislative assembly on the last day of the fall sitting in Whitehorse on Nov. 22, 2018. As the legislature prepares to return on March 4, the three parties are continuing to finalize candidates in the territory’s 19 ridings. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Nine new candidates confirmed in Yukon ridings

It has been a busy two weeks as the parties try to firm up candidates

David Malcolm, 40, has been charged with assaulting and attempting to disarm a police officer after an incident in Whitehorse on Feb. 18. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News)
Man resists arrest, assaults officer

A Whitehorse man has been charged with assaulting and attempting to disarm… Continue reading

Yukon Energy in Whitehorse on Aug. 4, 2020. A site on Robert Service Way near the Alaska Highway has been selected as the future home of Yukon Energy’s energy storage project. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Site selected for Yukon Energy battery project

Planned to be in service by the end of 2022

Most Read