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Sharpen Up: All the Sabres news you need to know on October 10, 2019

Buffalo picked up an overtime win over Montreal last night thanks in part to a 4-point night from Jack Eichel

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

The Sabres earned two points last night in their overtime win over the Montreal Canadiens last night. The team bounced back from Monday night's OT loss in Columbus with a 5-4 victory over the Habs. 

Captain Jack Eichel led the way with four points, including a pair of highlight-reel goals. Marcus Johansson potted the overtime winner while rookie sniper Victor Olofsson and Jeff Skinner also put the puck home.

Buffalo will return to practice today and they'll play again tomorrow night at home against the Florida Panthers. It's a Family Pack game so we'll see you at the rink for the 7 p.m. faceoff. Full coverage can be found here on

Here's what you need to know.


Looking back at last night

Video: Johansson's OT winner lifts Sabres past Canadiens

From the Lexus Postgame Report… 

With a back-and-forth game in the balance and the Sabres set to start overtime with an extra man, Ralph Krueger turned to his veterans. 

The Sabres had 1:25 remaining on their fifth power play of the night when they took the ice for overtime against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday. Krueger sent out a left shot in Marcus Johansson, plus three righties in Jack Eichel, Sam Reinhart, and Colin Miller. 

The power play had just expired when Miller caught a rebound to left of the net and sent a pass through the middle to Johansson, who buried a one-timer for his second goal with the Sabres. 

Video: OT hero Marcus Johansson joins Dan Dunleavy

Video: POSTGAME: Eichel

"The plan we had didn't quite work out," Johansson admitted afterward. "I mean, we didn't execute it right. But we stuck with it and I think we got a little bit of a lucky bounce. That's what happens when you shoot the puck. I ended up getting the winner."

Eichel admitted he was frustrated with his game in Columbus on Monday. How's this for a rebound: two goals, two assists, and eight shots. That latter tally doesn't include a pair of attempts that hit iron as the Sabres captain attacked during a power play in the second period. 

"He can be so dominant," Johansson said. "He can take over the game. What he can do with the puck, with the size he's got, it's so impressive to watch. It's fun to watch up close."

Video: POSTGAME: Krueger

Video: POSTGAME: Skinner 

Eichel's aggressive mindset was most evident on his second goal, when he stared down three defenders on an end-to-end rush and buried a shot between the pads of Canadiens goalie Keith Kinkaid.

"What he did tonight is not surprising for me because I've been watching it now since the 13th of September. Jack is just one of the very elite players in the league and his game isn't even near complete," Krueger. 

"So, I'm just really excited to be coaching a player with that skill set. I'm going to work hard every day to try and help him get better."

Read the full report here.

Olofsson, Dahlin nearing history

Video: MTL@BUF: Olofsson buries wrister from circle for PPG

Olofsson has four goals this season and six in his career. All of them have come on the power play. 

Per @SabresPR, Olofsson tied an NHL record Wednesday night 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. The NHL began officially tracking power-play goals in 1933-34.

Tweet from @PR_NHL: 6���career goals for @vickeo. 6��� power-play goals. #NHLStats

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. 

Dahlin, meanwhile, is in the midst of one of the longest point streaks to open a season by a teenage defenseman in NHL history. During his four-game point streak, he's tied for the team lead with seven points this season (1+6). 

Only two teenage defenseman had season-opening point streaks of five games: Drew Doughty in 2009-10 and Larry Murphy in 1980-81. That's pretty good company.

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

We have more in our At The Final Horn recap. 


Captains profile: Lindy Ruff

Most of you remember Lindy Ruff as a coach, but here's what his former teammates had to say about him as a player: 

Video: Captains: Lindy Ruff


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