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Winning streak reaches 10

Skinner’s OT winner lets streak live on

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Although the KeyBank Center crowd rung with “we want 10” chants, this game wasn’t all glitz and glamour. The first period remained scoreless and Buffalo took the lead with an absolute beauty from Rasmus Ristolinen at 14:42.

After Nathan Beaulieu scored Buffalo’s second goal four minutes into the third period, the Sabres lost control of the game — the Sharks not only got on the board, they tied it. Joe Pavelski scored both goals, one at 11:29 and the second on the power play at 16:42, forcing overtime.

Per.TimeEVGoalAssistAssist
25:14PPGJack Eichel (19)Sam Reinhart (38)Jeff Skinner (18)
33:07Jonathan Huberdeau (14)Frank Vatrano (12)Aleksander Barkov (36)
33:50Jayce Hawryluk (4)Vincent Trocheck (16)Evgenii Dadonov (25)
35:42Aleksander Barkov (23)Jonathan Huberdeau (41)Frank Vatrano (13)
316:45Jonathan Huberdeau (15)Aleksander Barkov (37)---
319:52Vladimir Sobotka (4)Zemgus Girgensons (10)Johan Larsson (5)

It almost seems like Buffalo wants to force overtime. San Jose’s goaltender, Martin Jones, left the crease grabbing for the loose puck, giving Jeff Skinner the chance to swipe it and snipe a nasty goal 1:41 into overtime — his 19th goal of the season.

Despite the win, Buffalo was outshot 38-31 and killed the first three Sharks power plays, but got lost when Pavelski scored the tying goal. The Sabres themselves only took three shots on goal during their power plays. Carter Hutton continued to keep the Sabres on track, making 36 saves.

Tonight’s win ties with the 1983-84 and 2006-07 seasons for the Sabres longest winning streak in franchise history.

Buffalo will hit the road for a three-game away streak starting in Tampa Bay at 7:30pm Thursday night. Tampa fell to Anaheim tonight, 3-1, meaning Buffalo (17-6-2) sits at first in the entire league.

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