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At the Horn: Canadiens 4 - Sabres 5 (OT)

Buffalo leads NHL with 8 power-play goals

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

The Buffalo Sabres' power play has been a force to be reckoned with early this season. 

Buffalo went 2-for-5 with the man advantage in their 5-4 overtime victory Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday at KeyBank Center. With two power-play goals tonight, the Sabres have scored multiple power-play tallies in three straight games for the first time since March 4 to 7, 2009.

Marcus Johansson scored the winner just as a power play expired 1:30 into the extra period.

Jack Eichel had a four-point night, including a pair of electrifying goals while Victor Olofsson and Jeff Skinner also beat Habs goaltender Keith Kinkaid. Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton made 23 saves to improve to 3-0-0 on the season. 

Rasmus Dahlin added two assists to extend his own point streak to four games. 


Tweet from @PR_NHL: Only two teenage defensemen in NHL history have posted a longer season-opening point streak than @rasmusdahlin00. #NHLStats


What happened 

Montreal started the game off strong with several quality chances on Hutton in the early goings. Then the Sabres went on the power play at the 3:59 mark and quickly found their footing.

Olofsson scored to put the Sabres up 1-0 and they held that lead until the Canadiens mounted their first comeback of the night.

Montreal tied the game with 5:54 remaining in the first when Joel Armia waited out Hutton at the top of the crease to beat the Sabres netminder shorthanded.

The Canadiens took a 2-1 lead on the power play when Armia, who was Buffalo's first-round pick in 2011, was left all alone in front and put the puck past Hutton with 20.1 seconds remaining. 

Eichel opened up the second period with his first of the night coming at the 4:46 mark of the period with hard, accurate writer from the left faceoff circle on the power play. 

Skinner gave Buffalo a 4-2 lead 47 seconds into the third period, but Montreal rallied back with a pair of goals. First, Jesperi Kotkaniemi scored 57 seconds later and then Ben Chiarot scored with 7:06 remaining to tie the game 4-4. 

What it means

Buffalo improves to 3-0-1 on the season - the franchise's best start since the 2009-10 season - and has won both of its first two home games for the first time since the 2008-09 season, when they won the first three.

Olofsson made NHL history as each of his six career goals have come on the man advantage.

As @SabresPR tweeted out after his first-period goal, Olofsson tied an NHL record by becoming the fourth player in NHL history to score each of his first six goals on the power play, joining Craig Norwich, Sylvain Turgeon and Jeff Norton.

Olofsson has now scored in each of Buffalo's last three games and tied James Neal for the NHL lead with four power-play goals this season.

Roll the highlight film

Here are both of Eichel's goals:

Video: MTL@BUF: Eichel snipes wrister from circle for PPG

Video: MTL@BUF: Eichel goes end-to-end and rips shot home 

Safe to say he was feeling it tonight.


Coming up

The three-game homestand continues Friday night when the Florida Panthers come to town. It's a 7 p.m. faceoff with the GMC Game Night pregame show beginning at 6:30 p.m. on MSG. 

Tickets are on sale.

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