There is definitely something different about this Sabres team.
They won’t win every game, but the days of being a pushover appear to be behind them.
Kyle Okposo scored the game winner with just over a minute left as the Buffalo Sabres posted a 4-3 win over Montreal at KeyBank Center, Thursday night.
Their first game on home ice after a west coast swing saw them win three out of five, including back-to-back wins over Los Angeles and Anaheim, had optimism high.
But when the Habs struck first I’m just their second shot of the game that here we go again feeling started to creep into the minds of most fans.
They had seen this scenario all too often of the Sabres folding after an early goal. Only this time the story was different. The Sabres not only didn’t fold, they fought back from one goal deficits on three different occasions to secure the win and send a message that this team is gonna fight until the last second.
“Like I said, we bent, but we didn’t break,” said Okposo, who scored on the power play.
“(Actually) I don’t think we bent. We just played the same way. That’s all we did. Sometimes you are gonna lose, but if you can keep playing the same way and not try to take things into your own hands you’re gonna have success.”
The core of all four goals was never giving up. Fighting hard. Going to the net and creating those second and third chances. Jason Pominville scored twice thanks to the combination of him going to the net and linemate Jeff Skinner (two assists) out working the Canadiens to set Pominville up.
“Yeah I think our guys fought right till the end,” head coach Phil Housley said.
“We faced a lot of adversity in this game. Especially at the start when we let (Max Domi) get in a pretty good area and score a goal. Even in the third period we have up that goal, but I just like the way our guys responded to the adversity. They kept working. I thought we had some terrific zone time in the second and third period and they found a way.”
Sam Reinhart scored his first goal of the year.
Home Team in Caps
BOSTON 3, Philadelphia 0
BUFFALO 4, Montreal 3
Nashville 4, NEW JERSEY 3 (OT)
Columbus 7, ST. LOUIS 4
MINNESOTA 4, Los Angeles 1
CHICAGO 4, NY Rangers 1
DALLAS 5, Anaheim 2
Pittsburgh 9, CALGARY 1
EDMONTON 4, Washington 1
ARIZONA 4, Vancouver 1