Sabres storm back for 4-3 win over Montreal

Jason Pominville scores twice in the victory

Pat Malacaro
October 25, 2018 - 7:07 pm

Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig - USA TODAY Sports


The Buffalo Sabres used two late third period goals to upend the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 on Thursday night at KeyBank Center.

Max Domi opened the scoring just over a minute into the game to give the Montreal Canadiens a 1-0 lead over Buffalo in the first period. Domi scored on a wrist shot after he collected the puck in the offensive zone thanks to a Buffalo turnover. Artturi Lehkonen originally stole the puck away from the blue and gold, and was credited with the lone assist for his efforts.

Two minutes later Rasmus Ristolainen was called for interference, and the first penalty of the night. The Sabres were able to kill off the minor penalty, despite the Canadiens having several shots and chances.

Buffalo out-shot the Canadiens 13-9 in the opening twenty minutes, but Antti Niemi was able to stop all 13 Sabres shots. At the other end, Carter Hutton stopped eight of the first nine Montreal shots on goal.

The Sabres' first power play of the game came less than a minute into the middle stanza when Jordie Benn was whistled for a high sticking minor penalty. Buffalo was credited with three shots on goal while on the man advantage, but failed to score.

Buffalo's first goal came halfway through the game after a give-and-go play between Jason Pominville and Jeff Skinner in the offensive zone. The goal is Pominville's third of the season, and tied the game at 1-1. Skinner and Jake McCabe were given assists on the score. 

Former Sabre Joel Armia was able to negate an icing call by winning the race to the puck, and was rewarded with his second goal of the season. Armia was able to slip the puck underneath Hutton along the goal post, and give Montreal a 2-1 lead.

Pominville took advantage of an Andrew Shaw penalty to re-tie the game at 2-2. The Canadiens challenged for goaltender interference after there was contact between Pominville and Niemi, however, the officials did not overturn the goal. Skinner and Casey Mittelstadt assisted on the score.

Domi scored his second goal of the game nearly seven minutes into the third period after beating one defender and splitting between two others. Jeff Perty and Niemi assisted on the goal that made it 3-2 Montreal.

The blue and gold failed to score on their power play chance, but minutes later Sam Reinhart evened up the score at 3-3 with his first goal of the season. McCabe made the pass to the front of the net that setup the goal, both he and Conor Sheary assisted on the score. 

Kyle Okposo used a screen in front of the net to score on the power play and give Buffalo their first lead of the night, 4-3, with just over a minute to go in regulation. It was Okposo's second goal of the season, and came with 1:01 left in the game. Rasmus Dahlin and Skinner assisted on the goal. Armia was in the penalty box when the game-winning goal was scored. He was called for tripping.


Goal Summary:

First Period:

MTL: 1:17 - Max Domi (3) (Artturi Lekonen)

Second Period:

BUF: 11:22 - Jason Pominville (3) (Jeff Skinner, Jake McCabe); 17:42 - Jason Pominville (4) PPG (Jeff Skinner, Casey Mittelstadt)
MTL: 16:08 - Joel Armia (2) (Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Xavier Oulette)

Third Period:

BUF: 13:07 - Sam Reinhart (1) (Jake McCabe, Conor Sheary); 18:59 - Kyle Okposo (2) PPG (Rasmus Dahlin, Jeff Skinner)
MTL: 6:34 - Max Domi (4) (Jeff Petry, Antti Niemi)


Penalty Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 3:27 - Rasmus Ristolainen (Interference - 2 min.) 

Second Period:

BUF: 19:01 - Kyle Okposo (Slashing - 2 min.)
MTL: 1:08 - Jordie Benn (High Sticking - 2 min.); 16:34 - Andrew Shaw (Holding - 2 min.)

Third Period:

MTL: 9:05 - Team (Too many men on the ice - 2 min.); 18:41 - Joel Armia (Tripping - 2 min.)

Shots on Goal:

BUF: 42 (13, 14, 15)
MTL: 22 (9, 9, 4)


BUF: Carter Hutton - 19 saves
MTL: Antti Niemi - 38 saves

Power Plays:

BUF: 2 for 4 (50%)
MTL: 0 for 2 (0%)

Three Stars:

  1. Jason Pominville - BUF
  2. Jake McCabe - BUF
  3. Jeff Skinner - BUF

What's Next:

The Sabres will hit the practice ice on Friday before traveling to Columbus. Buffalo takes on the Blue Jackets for a seven o'clock puck drop on Saturday. Catch all of the action on the flagship home of the Sabres Radio Network - WGR Sports Radio 550, starting with the pre-game show at 6 p.m.

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