Canadiens’ street woes proceed as Thompson pots a pair to assist Sabres finish shedding skid

Tage Thompson scored twice, Cody Eakin had a purpose and an help, and the Buffalo Sabres beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 on Friday night time to snap a four-game skid.

Buffalo additionally received a short-handed purpose from Kyle Okposo and gained for the third time in 13 video games. Victor Olofsson and Jeff Skinner every had two assists. Dustin Tokarski made 25 saves.

“After we play with confidence, good issues occur,” Thompson mentioned. “It is enjoyable to play whenever you’re taking part in like that.”

Josh Anderson scored for the Canadiens, and Sam Montembeault stopped 35 photographs. Montreal has misplaced six of seven, falling to 1-9-1 on the street.

The Sabres took management within the second interval, outshooting the Canadiens 14-2 and scoring twice.

“We saved it easy,” Thompson mentioned. “Going north, getting pucks behind them, making their D flip. That is not enjoyable to play towards. Finally you put on on them sufficient and also you get your possibilities.”

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Okposo’s short-handed purpose gave Buffalo a 3-1 lead late within the second. The Sabres had killed over three minutes of a double-minor high-sticking penalty on Brett Murray when Eakin created a 2-on-1 on the forecheck, and Okposo backhanded the rebound of his personal shot previous Montembeault.

“A four-minute energy play, you must rating,” Canadiens defenceman Ben Chiarot mentioned. “And for them to get a shortie on the finish of it, that hurts.”

Eakin scored on a slick backhand move from Vinnie Hinostroza, placing the Sabres in entrance halfway by the second.

Thompson added his team-leading tenth purpose 3 1/2 minutes into the third interval. The fifth-year ahead surpassed his earlier profession excessive of eight targets in 38 video games final season.

The purpose got here shortly after Thompson absorbed an enormous hit from Alexander Romanov.

“It did nothing however make him extra possessed and decided and banging his stick,” Sabres coach Don Granato mentioned. “He needed to attain once more. And he did instantly after the hit.”

Thompson glared at Romanov for a number of seconds after scoring.

“I used to be a bit of fired up after I received hit there,” Thompson mentioned. “So it was a pleasant approach to pay him again a bit of bit.”

Olofsson and Skinner arrange each Thompson targets. The primary was a one-timer from the excessive slot that gave Buffalo the lead within the opening minutes of the sport.

Anderson responded for the Canadiens later within the first after he stripped the puck from Skinner in entrance of the Buffalo internet.

Canadiens add to shaky begin to season

The Canadiens continued their sputtering begin after making the Stanley Cup Finals final season. This was their second loss in Buffalo towards a workforce coming off a last-place end.

“Clearly, it is powerful to remain assured whenever you lose so many video games like we are actually,” mentioned ahead Jonathan Drouin, who missed the postseason whereas coping with anxiousness and insomnia. “Proper now, with the powerful selections and psychological errors, we have dug ourselves a gap, and it is beginning to get deep.”

The Sabres raised their sticks after the victory to acknowledge a standing ovation from the biggest crowd this season (9,958 tickets distributed) at KeyBank Middle.

Buffalo’s common attendance of 8,206 by 12 dwelling video games is the bottom within the NHL. The earlier season excessive was 9,416 in Wednesday night time’s 5-1 loss to the Boston Bruins.

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