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Just like the season opener against Montreal, this game would require more than 60 minutes of play. Max Pacioretty capped the game with a breakaway goal in overtime, giving the Canadiens a 2-1 victory over Buffalo at the Bell Centre on Saturday night.

Pacioretty and the Canadiens benefitted from Nathan Beaulieu’s broken stick in the final moments, but the Sabres had plenty of time to try and beat goaltender Charlie Lindgren, who continued his great play.

“It couldn’t of happened at a worst time, the broken stick. It’s just really unfortunate. We have to use this as motivation to win.” – Beaulieu

Lindgren allowed one goal on 35 shots and improved to 3-1.

Ryan O’Reilly scored Buffalo’s lone goal, finding the puck after a scrum in front of the net for an easy tally, his sixth of the season.

Scoring first hasn’t exactly translated to success, though. The Sabres fell to 3-3-3 when scoring the first goal of the game.

Montreal tied the game early in the third period with Jack Eichel in the penalty box as Andrew Shaw deflected one in.

Chad Johnson made several big stops, including a breakaway save on Alex Galchenyuk just a couple minutes into the first period. Johnson stopped 27 of 29 shots.

“It’s just disappointing. We played a good game. We were right there to get two points. It’s been tough. I want to have great numbers, but I felt good about all of my games. They’ve been really tough games. It’s not good enough and I’m not happy with the numbers.” – Johnson

Playing against his former team, Josh Gorges played with some emotion and dropped the gloves with Jordie Benn in a spirited battle.

While the Sabres managed to get a point on the road, the frustrations continue to pile up. One night after Robin Lehner’s strong performance, Buffalo couldn’t back Johnson either. It was two strong goaltender appearances that were wasted.

“Our goaltenders have been playing great. We’re not scoring goals. I’m not doing enough to create offense. It’s frustrating. I wish I had the answer for it. I’m just pretty much skating around doing nothing right now.” – Ryan O’Reilly

Over the last eight games, the Sabres have scored one goal in five of those contests.

The Sabres have a couple days off before they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night. That game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. puck drop.

Scoring

Per.TimeEVGoalAssistAssist
110:26Zemgus Girgensons (10)Colin Miller (8)---
215:16Sam Reinhart (20)Jack Eichel (36)Jimmy Vesey (9)
311:56Jimmy Vesey (8)Jack Eichel (37)---
317:07Mika Zibanejad (22)Artemi Panarin (45)Marc Staal (6)
318:22PPGChris Kreider (20)Kaapo Kakko (11)Mika Zibanejad (25)

Penalties

Per.TimePlayerPenaltyMinutes
15:52Vladimir SobotkaHooking2:00
113:22Rasmus RistolainenSlashing2:00
116:38Vincent TrocheckSlashing2:00
24:35Frank VatranoHolding2:00
26:57Rasmus DahlinTripping2:00
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NHL Standings

TEAMGPRECPTS
Atlantic Division Leaders:
7044-14-12100
7043-21-692
7036-25-981
Metropolitan Division Leaders:
6941-20-890
6941-21-789
6940-23-686
Wild Card leaders:
6838-25-581
7033-22-1581
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6835-23-1080
7037-28-579
6935-26-878
7131-31-971
6930-31-868
6928-29-1268
7125-34-1262
7117-49-539
TEAMGPRECPTS
Central Division Leaders:
7142-19-1094
7042-20-892
6937-24-882
Pacific Division Leaders:
7139-24-886
7137-25-983
7036-27-779
Wild Card leaders:
7137-28-680
6935-26-878
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6936-27-678
6935-27-777
7033-29-874
7032-30-872
7129-33-967
7029-35-664
7029-36-563