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Sabres win overtime thriller

Winning streak reaches eight with another comeback victory

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Jeff Skinner scored a late third period goal and the overtime winner to help Buffalo grab its’ eighth consecutive victory. The team battled through some sloppy defensive play and found themselves running around their zone at times, but with the same relentless determination, Buffalo completed yet another miraculous comeback and find themselves currently on top of the Eastern Conference.


The victory was a complete team effort with consistent play from not only the team’s top line, but also from Tage Thompson, Casey Mittelstadt, and a strong 31-save performance from Carter Hutton.

Jeff Skinner’s 16th and 17th goals of the season puts him in a tie with Boston’s David Pastrnak for the NHL lead.

Per.TimeEVGoalAssistAssist
10:48Casey Mittelstadt (5)Conor Sheary (7)---
16:54Jeff Skinner (22)Jack Eichel (29)Sam Reinhart (19)
17:19Christian Fischer (7)Richard Panik (4)---
36:28Evan Rodrigues (2)------

The teams exchanged goals in the first two periods with Casey Mittelstadt scoring at 12:39 of the first and Brendan Gallagher notching his 11th for the Canadiens with 1:48 left in the second period.

Montreal grabbed the lead midway through the third period when Andrew Shaw scored a power play goal after a questionable call for holding on Jason Pominville.

It looked as though the Sabres winning streak was about to come to an end, when they once again pushed their game to another level. With 2:26 left in the third period Jeff Skinner found himself in the perfect spot in front of Canadiens goalie Antti Niemi to knock in his 17th of the season, sending the game into overtime.

In the overtime period, Buffalo finally caught a break when Max Domi was called for slashing Rasmus Ristolainen after the Sabre made a strong move to the front of the net.

It took Buffalo about a minute and a half into the power play to put the game away. A shot from the point by Rasmus Dahlin ended up in front of the Canadien netminder and after a mad scramble between Jeff Skinner and Jack Eichel, Skinner finally tapped in the winner.

The Sabres are right back at it Saturday evening for a quick one game road trip against the Detroit Red Wings. The game is at Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit with a 7 p.m. start time.

Rich Gutowski lives in Corfu, NY and has been following the Sabres for over thirty years. Favorite Sabres by decade: 1970s-Gilbert Perreault 1980s- Dave Andreychuk 1990s-Brad May 2000s-Thomas Vanek 2010s- high hopes for Marcus Foligno

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