Canadiens face Sabres in Buffalo

Canadiens face Sabres in Buffalo

Canadiens face Sabres in Buffalo

Casey Mittelstadt capitalized on a rebound chance partway through the first period to give the Sabres a 1-0 lead. Phillip Danault had two assists, and Antti Niemi stopped 37 shots.

Jeff Skinner scored twice, including on the power play in overtime, to help the Buffalo Sabres come back for a 3-2 overtime win over the Montreal Canadiens at KeyBank Center. He scored his eighth goal of the season and is second in team scoring with 19 points.

Skinner scored both of his goals on rebound chances near the front of the net.

The last time a Sabres player held or shared the National Hockey League led in goals was forward Thomas Vanek on February 17, 2013.

The Canadiens thought they had tied the game with just over six minutes to go in the second when the puck went into the net. Nick Ritchie tied the game with 16.2 seconds remaining and John Gibson made 27 saves.

Andrew Shaw tipped David Schlemko's point shot past Carter Hutton on a power play nine minutes into the third period.


The Canadiens had tied the game late in the second when Danault set up Gallagher on a 2-on-1 for his 11th of the season on a wrist shot from the right circle. However, the officials deemed that Brendan Gallagher kicked the puck in, and the call was confirmed through video review.

Having allowed 10 goals in their previous two losses, the Canadiens were pleased with their improvement on defence.

The Golden Knights avenged a 7-2 loss at Calgary on Monday, when the Flames opened up a 5-0 lead after just one period. Conor Sheary deflected Jake McCabe's shot from the point off the right post and Mittelstadt reached in from the right edge of the crease to sweep the puck across the goal line. Domi picked up a goal to run his consecutive-game points streak to 11 games. It was the longest by a Canadiens player since Pierre Turgeon had a 13-game streak in April 1995.

NOTES: Sabres D Marco Scandella returned after missing one game with a lower-body injury.

Domi trade looking better and better: The Canadiens looked awful Wednesday night in a 5-2 loss to New Jersey in Newark, but newcomer Max Domi continues to produce offence. Kulak and D Karl Alzner entered the lineup in place of Mike Reilly and Xavier Ouellet. The Canadiens like to split the work in these situations and will start Niemi in Buffalo, while Price will get the nod against the Bruins on Saturday night at the Bell Centre.

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