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Hutton shuts down Lightning as Sabres extend win streak to 3

Skinner, Okposo tally goals in 2-1 victory

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Carter Hutton had earned a favor from the goal post, even if he didn't necessarily need it. 

Hutton had already made 29 saves by the time Nikita Kucherov caught a pass from Steven Stamkos in the dying seconds of the Buffalo Sabres' game against Tampa Bay on Tuesday night. Kucherov, as dangerous a goal scorer as any, ripped one last shot in desperation. 

The sound of the puck ringing the goal post was followed by the roar of the buzzer, putting the finishing touches on a 2-1 win for the Sabres, but Hutton felt he was in position to make the save regardless. 

"I think it hit the outside of the post anyways," the goaltender said afterward. 

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Mittelstadt's shootout winner completes comeback win over Canucks

Reinhart, Skinner erase 2-goal deficit in final 3 minutes

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Casey Mittelstadt skated to center ice for his first NHL shootout attempt knowing exactly what he was going to do. The situation - a comeback and a point in the standings on the line, an announced crowd of 17,451 on their feet - was the sort that might make an average 19-year-old feel butterflies. 

Luckily for the Buffalo Sabres, Mittelstadt isn't an average 19-year-old. He pulled the puck to his backhand as he neared the blue paint, quickly flipped it back to his forehand and tucked a shot behind the skate of Vancouver Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom. Carter Hutton made a save on Canucks forward Nikolay Goldobin on the next attempt to clinch a 4-3 Sabres win.

Mittelstadt smiled afterward, opting for honesty over modesty. 

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Ristolainen's overtime goal caps back-and-forth affair in Montreal

Skinner, Sobotka contribute two goals each in OT win

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

MONTREAL - It ended in the most fitting way possible, with one last mad dash up and down the ice. 

The Sabres had surrendered four one-goal leads and erased a one-goal deficit of their own by the time Rasmus Ristolainen carried the puck down low in overtime at Bell Centre on Thursday night. The defenseman lost the puck, leading to an odd-man rush going back the other way in favor of the Montreal Canadiens. 

The ensuing shot from Artturi Lehkonen went wide and rimmed along the boards. Ristolainen picked the puck up at the defensive blue line and skated down the right-wing side, winding up for a shot as he neared the edge of the faceoff circle. 

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Sheary scores Sabres' lone goal as Lundqvist leads Rangers to victory

New York goaltender makes 39 saves including 14 on the penalty kill

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

NEW YORK - One night after scoring nine goals in a win, the Buffalo Sabres were able to only put one past New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist on Sunday. 

The Rangers goaltender was the difference as he made 39 saves in New York's 3-1 win at Madison Square Garden.

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Sabres score nine goals on special day for Pominville

Forward scores twice after being honored for 1,000th game

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Jason Pominville considered himself lucky his team had a lead, giving him a chance to soak in the moment. 

An afternoon that began with Pominville being recognized for his 1,000th NHL game ended with fans counting the Buffalo Sabres' goals aloud and asking for another. Pominville scored two of them as part of a three-point outing in a 9-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.

It was the most goals the Sabres have scored in a game since winning 10-2 in Edmonton on Jan. 27, 2009. (Pominville tallied two assists in that game.) Between the goals were messages on the video board from Pominville's family and teammates, from Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek to Zach Bogosian and Jack Eichel. 

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Pominville sparks comeback effort, but Sabres fall short in Ottawa

Forward scores in his 1,000th NHL game

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

OTTAWA - When the Ottawa Senators come to town on Saturday afternoon, you can bet the Buffalo Sabres will be looking to channel the way they played in the third period on Thursday night.

Trailing 3-0 when the period began, the Sabres dominated the final 20 minutes. Jason Pominville, playing his 1,000th NHL game, put them on the board with a deflection at the 1:00 mark. Jeff Skinner tipped another goal on the power play less than three minutes later.

The Sabres pressed to tie the game for the next 16 minutes, producing a multitude of grade-A chances as they outshot the Senators 23-7, but they never pushed a third goal by Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson. Bobby Ryan scored into an empty net to seal a 4-2 win for the Senators with 20 seconds remaining. 

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Sabres battle back to earn point in Columbus

Buffalo scores twice in the 3rd period to force overtime

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

COLUMBUS - Down two goals after the second period on Saturday, the Buffalo Sabres knew they had to come out with a stronger third period if they wanted to take home at least a point against the Colubmus Blue Jackets.

And they were able to do just that to force overtime in what ended up being a 5-4 loss in the extra period. 

Kyle Okposo, Jeff Skinner, Jason Pominville and Casey Mittelstadt scored for Buffalo with Pominville and Mittelstadt's goals coming in that third period comeback to extend Buffalo's point streak to four games. They're now 3-0-1 in that stretch. 

However, Columbus' Artemi Panarin stole the show with two goals and an assist, including the overtime winner. 

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Pominville after comeback win: 'It's a different team'

Sabres erase a trio of deficits for third straight win

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Jason Pominville admits it brought back memories, hearing the KeyBank Center crowd react to a comeback win. It was the kind of victory the Buffalo Sabres were known for a decade ago, the same kind of game they might have let slip away last year. 

The Sabres erased three one-goal deficits after the first intermission of a 4-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens. Pominville scored twice to add another milestone to his ledger, Sam Reinhart tied it a final time in the third and Kyle Okposo added the winning goal on a power play with 1:01 remaining.

The Sabres have won three games in a row. Their 6-4-0 record represents their best 10-game start since the 2011-12 season, when Pominville was captain during his first stint with the franchise. 

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Staying the course: Sabres cap road trip with big win in Anaheim

Team takes 6 of 10 points from 5-game swing

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

ANAHEIM - For the Buffalo Sabres to finish their five-game road trip over .500, they needed to do something they hadn't done yet this season: come from behind to win.

The outcomes of the Sabres' first eight games reflected which team scored first. They were 4-0-0 when they tallied the opening goal, 0-4-0 when they didn't. When Kiefer Sherwood scored to give the Anaheim Ducks a 2-0 lead on Sunday, they knew they had to buck the trend.

"It didn't matter," alternate captain Kyle Okposo said. "We knew we were controlling the play. We had the edge. We just kept going."

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Skinner's hat trick propels Sabres to win in Los Angeles

Eichel tallies 3 assists; Pominville reaches 700 points

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

LOS ANGELES - Somewhere, in the hours leading up to his first game as a Laker in Los Angeles, LeBron James might have caught word of the performance Jeff Skinner and his linemates put on at Staples Center and thought, Man, that's a tough act to follow.

Skinner scored a hat trick to lead the Sabres to a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings, bringing them to 2-2-0 with a game to go on their Pacific Division road trip and 4-4-0 on the season. 

"It was a little bit light here to start the game," Sabres captain Jack Eichel said afterward. "It filled out, but I guess that's what happens when you're playing at 12:30 in L.A. and LeBron's after you. Skins put on a pretty good performance, so I think The King's going to have to do pretty good to beat him."

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