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Skinner scores twice to lead Sabres to 3-2 OT win over Montreal

Buffalo's winning streak reaches eight games

November 23, 2018 - 4:09 pm

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.

Casey Mittelstadt capitalized on a rebound chance partway through the first period to give the Sabres a 1-0 lead.

The goal came on Buffalo's eighth shot of the period, and was a second chance opportunity after the initial shot hit off of the post and came to the young winger with a wide open net in front of him. Conor Sheary and Jake McCabe assisted on the game's first score.

David Schlemko was called for the game's first penalty. The defenseman was penalized for holding after taking out Kyle Okposo in the offensive zone. The blue and gold failed to score before the end of the period, with 19 seconds of carry over power play time left to start the middle stanza.

Carter Hutton stopped all eight Canadiens shots on goal, while Buffalo scored once on 12 shots.

Montreal controlled the play for the first five minutes of the second period, but a too many men on the ice penalty gave the blue and gold their second chance on the man advantage in the game.

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. However, the officials deemed that Brendan Gallagher kicked the puck in, and the call was confirmed through video review. Buffalo's 1-0 lead remained in tact.

Gallagher would score a little more than four minutes later to tie the game 1-1. He used a low wrist shot to even the score, with help from Phillip Danault and Brett Kulak who received the assists.

Montreal would score to take a 2-1 lead midway through the third period just five seconds into a power play chance for their first lead of the game. Andrew Shaw tipped a shot from the point into the net for his seventh goal of the season. Schlemko and Danault were given the assists on the power play score. It came five seconds into Jason Pominville's holding minor.

Skinner used a second chance opportunity late in the third to tie the score 2-2, and give the Sabres new life. It came on Buffalo's 14th shot of the period, and was a backhand chance after Antti Niemi made the initial save. Sam Reinhart and Zach Bogosian assisted on the game-tying goal.

Max Domi turned the puck over in his own zone in the overtime session, and then slashed Rasmus Ristolainen for a penalty. Buffalo would enjoy a 4-on-3 power play chance as a result. 

Buffalo held the puck in the offensive zone the entire power play, leading to Skinner's second goal of the game. The game-winning goal came during a scramble in front of the net giving the Sabres the win.


Goal Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 12:39 - Casey Mittelstadt (4) (Conor Sheary, Jake McCabe)

Second Period:

MTL: 18:21 - Brendan Gallagher (11) (Phillip Danault, Brett Kulak)

Third Period:

BUF: 17:34 - Jeff Skinner (16) (Sam Reinhart, Zach Bogosian)
MTL: 8:18 - Andrew Shaw (7) PPG (David Schlemko, Phillip Danault)


BUF: 3:06 - Jeff Skinner (17) PPG (Unassisted)


Penalty Summary:

First Period:

MTL: 18:19 - David Schlemko (Holding - 2 min.)

Second Period:

BUF: 19:25 - Zach Bogosian (Roughing - 2 min.)
MTL: 5:18 - Team (Too many men on the ice - 2 min.); 11:05 - David Schlemko (Tripping - 2 min.)

Third Period:

BUF: 8:13 - Jason Pominville (Holding - 2 min.)


MTL: 1:32 - Max Domi (Slashing - 2 min.)

Shots on Goal:

BUF: 40 (12, 7, 16, 5)
MTL: 33 (8, 11, 13, 2)


BUF: Carter Hutton - 31 saves
MTL: Antti Niemi - 37 saves

Power Plays:

BUF: 1 for 4 (25%)
MTL: 1 for 2 (50%)

Three Stars:

  1. Jeff Skinner - BUF
  2. Jack Eichel - BUF
  3. Brendan Gallagher - MTL

What's Next:

The Sabres are right back on the ice on Saturday, taking on the Detroit Red Wings. The two teams will meet at 7 o'clock on the flagship home of the Sabres Radio Network - WGR Sports Radio 550. Pre-game coverage with Brian Koziol begins at 6 p.m.

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