The Ottawa Senators scored three straight late in the third that almost cost the Sabres. Luckily, with his third point of the game, Tage Thompson slid the puck into the vacated net to seal a 6-4 win for Buffalo inside Canadien Tire Centre.
The Sabres entered into the final period with what should’ve been a comfortable 5-1 lead. Yet, in the blink of an eye, Ottawa scored three straight, bringing them with a goal.
Then, with 11:20 left in the first, Zemgus Girgensons tipped the puck past Anton Forsberg for a 2-0 Buffalo lead heading into the first intermission. Shots after twenty minutes favored the Senators 10-8.
Then, just over four minutes into the 2nd, Skinner wristed his second of the game and 5th of the season. Dylan Cozens and Casey Mittelstadt collected the helpers.
At the 13:14 mark of the period, Ottawa’s Jacob Chychrun scored, cutting into the Sabres’ 3-0 lead. Travis Harmonic and Vladimir Tarasenko added the assists.
Adding to the Sabres’ offensive outburst, Alex Tuch tipped a goal that upped the score to 4-1 Buffalo. Rasmus Dahlin and Tage Thompson provided the helpers.
Then, just 1:40 after Tuch’s goal and 1:12 left in the second frame, Tage Thompson would score his 2nd of the campaign from Owen Power and Henri Jokiharju. Shots on goal after 40 favored the Senators 19-18.
Thompson scored his second goal and third point of the game into the empty net to secure the win for Buffalo.
Ukko-Pekka Lukkonnen earned his first win this season with 37 saves. Ottawa outshot the Sabres 19-6 in the final period.
The team will now travel to New Jersey for a Friday night matchup against the Devils. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m.