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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
21:55Tomas Nosek (6)Chandler Stephenson (7)Shea Theodore (21)
26:32PPGKyle Okposo (5)Sam Reinhart (22)Conor Sheary (9)
219:41PPGSam Reinhart (16)Rasmus Ristolainen (17)Jack Eichel (33)
31:43PPGReilly Smith (19)Shea Theodore (22)William Karlsson (24)
37:57Jack Eichel (28)Sam Reinhart (23)Colin Miller (6)
319:35ENCurtis Lazar (4)------

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:
5028-10-1268
4829-15-462
4726-16-557
Metropolitan Division Leaders:
4933-11-571
4931-13-567
4828-15-561
Wild Card leaders:
5026-16-860
4928-18-359
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4926-17-658
4925-17-757
4922-20-751
5022-21-751
4723-20-450
4817-23-842
4817-24-741
4912-33-428
TEAMGPRECPTS
Central Division Leaders:
4930-11-868
4827-15-660
4827-17-458
Pacific Division Leaders:
4927-18-458
4926-18-557
5026-19-557
Wild Card leaders:
5125-19-757
5126-20-557
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4925-20-454
5024-20-654
4722-18-751
4822-20-650
5021-25-446
4819-24-543
5018-27-541