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Quick Hits: Sabres 6, Canadiens 4

There's been no lack of offense lately when the Buffalo Sabres take the ice.

In the last three games, the Sabres and their foes have totaled 27 goals. The Sabres were once again porous defensively Friday night in First Niagara Center but this time escaped with a win.

In a game featuring six goals in the second period, the Sabres snapped their four-game winless streak with a 6-4 win over the Montreal Canadiens before a crowd of 18,505.

The Sabres have been outscored, 16-10, in the last three games but this victory snapped an 0-2-2 skid.  The loss snapped Montreal's three-game winning streak, which came after a 5-20-1 collapse that marked the Habs' worst stretch of play since 1940.

Marcus Foligno had his first two-goal game of the season for the Sabres, the second coming on a penalty shot in the second period, as the Sabres beat the Habs for the second time in 10 days. Evander Kane also scored twice, including an empty-netter with 54 seconds left.

Quick strikes: The Sabres netted three goals in a span of 2 minutes, 36 seconds spanning the first and second period to turn a 1-1 game into a 4-1 lead. Evander Kane scored with 18 seconds left in the first period, Josh Gorges scored at 1:28 of the second and Foligno got his first of the night 50 seconds later at 2:18 to make it 4-1. The Habs twice got within a goal but never caught up.

Home cooking: Kane now has a goal in each of his last three home games and six points, including five goals, in his last five games downtown.

Double double: Sven Andrighetto and Alex Galchenyuk scored two goals apiece for the Habs. Both of Galchenyuk's goals came on wicked one-timers on the power play via passes from veteran defenseman Andrei Markov. Andrighetto's second was on a brutal giveaway from Sabres goaltender Chad Johnson, who passed the puck right to the Montreal winger and couldn't get back into the net before it was fired into the mostly-open cage

What rock have you been under?: Aside from the goaltenders, the roughest night might have been had by substitute PA announcer Chris Swenson, the longtime in-arena voice of the Buffalo Bandits. In announcing a second-period assist for Jack Eichel, he called the star rookie "ICK-el." Seriously.

Under pressure: Sabres goalie Chad Johnson made 26 saves to improve to 13-14-3 on the season.

Hometown Hero: Williamsville native Justin Bailey played his second NHL, and first on home ice, after his callup from Rochester on Wednesday. He had two shots on goal and did not register a point.

Bailey's seven shots on goal Thursday in Philadelphia were the most for a Buffalo player in his debut since Alexander Mogilny had seven on Oct. 5, 1989 vs. Quebec. Mogilny scored 20 seconds into the game that night in Memorial Auditorium, two seconds shy of the franchise mark for fastest goal set by Danny Gare in 1974.

Power play predicament: The Sabres entered the game tied for seventh in the NHL on the power play even after posting an 0-for-6 mark Thursday in Philadelphia. That was Buffalo's worst 0-fer of the season, and its worst since going 0 for 7 against Boston on Oct. 18, 2014.

The Moulson Watch: Veteran winger Matt Moulson endred his 43rd consecutive game without scoring a goal, which any semi-educated fan can tell you is more than a half-season of scoreless hockey. Moulson, in the second year of his five-year, $25-million contract, has been stuck at four goals since tallying Nov. 1 in Brooklyn against the New York Islanders.

Scratch City: Mark Pysyk and Mike Weber were healthy scratches. Technically, it was Pysyk's third healthy scratch of the season. In reality, it was his first. He sat two games last month after returning from the injured list because coach Dan Bylsma didn't want to break up a winning lineup that started on the team's Midwest road trip. Pysyk had been minus-1 in each of the last two games, and played just 14:33 Thursday in Philadelphia. Had Pysyk suited up Friday, it would have been his 100th career NHL game.

Long time, no see: Carlo Colaiacovo earned a nod among the top six on defense, making his first appearance since Jan. 5 against Florida -- and just his second over the last 27 games. The veteran entered Friday minus-6 in his last five games.

Injured list: Center Johan Larsson and winger Zemgus Girgensons both missed their third straight game with lower-body injuries, although one or both could play here in Sunday's 12:30 matinee against Colorado.

Up Next: Sunday's game markes the return of embattled former first-round draft choice Mikhail Grigorenko (who won't be getting a welcome-back video). Nikita Zadorov, also sent to the Avs in the Ryan O'Reilly trade last June, has been returned to San Antonio of the AHL. Five of the Sabres' next six games are on the road after Sunday, including the team's annual three-game sojourn through California.


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