Observations: Owen Power provides the OT juice as ‘Young Guy Andy’ wins for Sabres in his 700th game

DALLAS – When Craig Anderson made his NHL debut on Nov. 30, 2002 with the Chicago Blackhawks, Owen Power was eight days old. Power is 20 now and the goalie they lovingly call “Young Guy Andy” in the Buffalo Sabres dressing room is 41. The team’s youngest player and its oldest combined for moments they’ll never forget Monday night in American Airlines Arena.

Anderson became the 31st goalie in NHL history and just the fifth American to play in 700 career games. The milestone came as he made 29 saves in a 3-2 overtime victory over the Dallas Stars that opened Buffalo’s four-game Central Division road trip. And it was Power who won it for him at 56 seconds of OT, taking a pass from Tage Thompson and banging home his first goal of the season and his first NHL OT winner.

Anderson kept his team afloat with huge saves in the first 10 minutes of the game. The Sabres fell behind on Jamie Benn’s power-play goal at 1:48 of the first and easily could have been in a three- or four-goal hole were it not for Anderson’s acrobatics.

The Sabres repeatedly struggled with their puck management and Dallas had a 10-0 lead in shots on goal through 9½ minutes. Joel Kiviranta got stoned by Anderson twice, once on a breakaway during a Buffalo power play. Wyatt Johnston, Benn again and Joe Pavelski all had chances in tight and failed to beat Anderson, who said he was having great fun in the crease.

“Bailing the team out in the first making some big saves for them, allowing us to get our legs where t