The Sabres already sit with 32 points after a down year a season ago, as they didn't reach 15 victories until February last season, which saw them finish in last place. During this recent hot streak, they have been playing from behind a lot, earning six come-from-behind victories during their eight-game run.
Carter Hutton helped Buffalo stay in the game between the pipes on Friday, stopping 31 shots in his seventh straight win. Skinner was the hero all around on this night, also netting the game-tying goal in the third period that forced overtime, before ending things less than five minutes of game time later. Casey Mittlestadt also scored for Buffalo, who sits just just one point behind the Tampa Bay Lightning for the top spot in the division. The Lightning doubled up the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-2, on their home ice on Friday to stay atop the division.
The Canadiens have fallen after their hot start, dropping three straight games and they now sit at 11-7-5. Brendan Gallagher and Andrew Shaw both scored in the road loss, which was headline by an overtime penalty that haunted them. The Canadiens did improve on the defensive side of the ice, this after giving up 10 goals in their previous two losses combined. They will play host to the Boston Bruins on Saturday night, while the Sabres hit the road to battle the Detroit Red Wings.