MONTREAL -- A tip-in by Johan Larsson midway through the third period gave the Buffalo Sabres a 4-2 win over the Montreal Canadians Wednesday night.
The Sabres took a 1-0 lead on a goal from Marcus Foligno in the first period only to watch it slip away in the second as Montreal scored twice for a 2-1 advantage.
It was a power play tip by Jamie McGinn off a shot by Rasmus Ristolainen with 12:26 left in the third that tied the game for the Sabres.
Then Larsson crashed the net as Jake McCabe fired a shot. Larsson was at the top of the crease and tipped the puck in to give the Sabres back the lead with 8:14 left in regulation.
The Sabres added an empty netter with 12.1 seconds remaining to secure the win.
It was the second straight win for the Sabres while the Habs continued their free fall. It was the fifth straight loss at home for Montreal and their fourth straight loss overall.
First goal: The new linemates for Marcus Foligno worked out just fine in the first period. Playing wing with Jack Eichel and Zemgus Girgensons, Foligno went to the net. Nobody followed him and Girgenson's hit him with a pass from the corner. Foligno made no mistake, putting home a wrist shot at 5:10. It was his fourth goal of the season and gave the Sabres a 1-0 lead -- on the team's first shot on goal of the game.
Slow start: The Sabres scored the game's first goal on their first shot. In the first five minutes of the game, it was all Montreal as the Habs had a 6-0 lead in shots. They were, 10-2, in shots at one point with Robin Lehner making some some solid saves, including on a tip by Brendan Gallagher in the first minute. Buffalo got its footing while the Habs' confidence sagged and Montreal had just a 12-11 edge in shots after 20 minutes.
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Montreal momentum: The Habs regained their confidence at the start of the second thanks to an early power play. Johan Larsson was called for hooking. Josh Gorges saved one goal, tucking the puck back under Lehner. But Montreal made no mistake a few moments later when Max Pacioretty had a perfect pass to an open Dale Weise, alone at the far post. The puck bounced and Weise fired it home to tie the game, 1-1, at 3:19 of the second.
For the lead: With 8:56 left in the second Tomas Plekanec won the faceoff and Alex Galchenyuk took the puck. He then skated toward the corner, changed direction on Ryan O'Reilly by going to his backhand then blew by the Sabres forward toward Lehner and scored for a 2-1 Montreal lead.
Eichel magic: With the secondary assist on McGinn's power play goal, Jack Eichel now has 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists) in his last 19 games.
A shot in every game: Max Pacioretty recorded his first shot of the game in the second period, giving him a shot in every game the Habs have played this season. Pacioretty along with Vancouver's Daniel Sedin are the only NHL players to have that achievement this year, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
Road warriors: The Sabres are now 6-0-1 in their last seven road games against Atlantic Division opponents. It is the first time in franchise history has picked up points in seven straight divisional road games.
Scratches: With eight healthy defensemen the Sabres scratched Mike Weber and Carlo Colaiacovo. The Canadiens scratched defensemen Mark Barberio and Greg Pateryn and forward Lucas Lessio.
Counting the house: The Canadiens have played 481 consecutive home games in front of a sellout crowd. The last time the Habs did not play in front of a sold-out home crowed was Jan. 8, 2004 against Tampa Bay.
Up next: The Sabres return home for their ninth back-to-back of the season, hosting the Boston Bruins at 7 Thursday in First Niagara Center. The Sabres are 4-4-0 in the second game of back-to-backs this season. Buffalo then travels to Boston on Saturday.