Sabers end eight-game losing streak, top Canadiens

MONTREAL — The Buffalo Sabers ended an eight-game losing streak with a 7-2 victory against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Center on Tuesday.

jeff skinner scored two goals and three assists, and Tag Thompson He had a goal and three assists for the Sabers (8-11-0), who scored three times in the first 2:13 of the game. craig anderson he made 29 saves.

“We were lucky to get a pair early and then we settled in there,” Skinner said. “[Anderson] he played very well. He made some good saves after that, he weathered the storm and we were able to build the game from there.”

Buffalo, which lost eight straight games in regulation and hadn’t won since Nov. 2, hosts the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday.

“We went out on a mission,” forward Sabers Alex Tuch said. “I thought we went hard on the network since the puck dropped. We were getting deep pucks and playing simple. We had a lot of conversations, [Anderson’s] been talking about it a lot, and he’s playing in the [defensive] side, and I thought everyone did that tonight.”

Video: BUF@MTL: Dahlin, Peterka score goals 17 seconds apart

cole caufield Y Sean Monahan He scored for the Canadiens (9-9-1), who visit the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday. jake allen he made 31 saves.

“I think it was a bad game overall,” Montreal defenseman david savard said. “We have to get over it. And obviously we have some things to learn, which is that bad start in the first period and it set us back.”

“And it’s a couple games now and we’ve got to make sure we’re ready tomorrow to play our game. We’ve been in every game so far if we played our style and our system, and we didn’t.” Don’t do that tonight.”

The Sabers built a 3-0 lead thanks to goals from Rasmus Dahlin, JJ Peterka and Tuch.

Dahlin put Buffalo up 1-0 when he scored in the 35th second on a slot shot after Thompson turned to set him up.

Peterka made it 2-0 at 52 seconds, tucking a loose puck under Allen for the second fastest two goals since the start of a game in Sabres history.

Tuch increased the lead to 3–0 with a single-time 2:13 power play goal from the left faceoff circle, Buffalo’s third goal at 1:38.

Video: BUF@MTL: Skinner scores second half goal

Caufield cut it to 3-1 at 2:57 with a goal from beyond the left circle, his fourth goal in five games.

Skinner put Buffalo up 4-1 at 11:21 of the second period before Monahan cut it to 4-2 at 13:57.

Henri Jokiharju he made it 5–2 at 3:48 of the third, and Thompson scored at 6:39 to give the Sabers a 6–2 lead.

“Obviously you get one, you start to feel pretty good, you get a couple more and things start to work,” Thompson said.

Video: BUF@MTL: Thompson extends lead with beautiful shot

Skinner scored his second of the game on a power play at 14:26 for the final 7-2.

“We played with purpose, we played with our identity, and the emotion they put into the game was outstanding,” Buffalo coach Don Granato said.

Montreal went 0-for-6 on the power play.

“I don’t think we were sharp almost anywhere,” Caufield said. “We had a couple of opportunities on the power play to get back in the game and let our team down, let the momentum slip away from us. So there are things we can fix and hopefully we can play tomorrow.” “

Video: BUF@MTL: Caufield hits a nice deep shot

GRADES: The Sabers scored the seventh fastest three goals by a team since the start of a game in NHL history; the Washington Capitals set the 1:21 record on December 19, 1986, when David Jensen (:26), Greg Adams (:53), and Mike Gartner (1:21) each scored early in a 6–4 run. loss to the New Jersey Devils. Buffalo is the first road team to score twice in the first 52 seconds of a game since Oct. 26, 2002, when the Philadelphia Flyers’ Justin Williams (:16) and Michal Handzus (:31) each scored in the first 31 seconds into a 6-2 win over the New York Islanders. … Skinner became the first player in NHL history to have five points on the road twice in Montreal; he had four goals and one assist here last season on February 13… The goals by Dahlin and Peterka were the second fastest two goals to start a game in Sabres history; Rick Martin scored twice in the first 49 seconds of a 5-2 win against the Minnesota North Stars on December 18, 1975. … Dahlin, a defenseman, has 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in his last 10 games .

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