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Quick hits: Sabres 6, Flames 3

The last time the Sabres lost at home to Calgary in regulation, Jack Eichel wasn't even born yet. He helped keep the winning streak going.

Eichel was one of six goal scorers for the Sabres, who repeatedly gave the fans in First Niagara Center a reason to cheer during a 6-3 victory. The output tied last month's explosion against Montreal for most goals at home this season.

Buffalo improved to 16-3-2 in its last 21 home games against the Flames. The last regulation loss was March 15, 1996. Eichel was born Oct. 28, 1996.

The Flames fell to 1-9-1 in their last 11 games.

Goal explosion: The teams combined for five goals during the second period, with the Sabres taking a 3-2 lead. There were short-handed, power-play and even-strength goals. Three tallies came in a span of 1:17, including two in 15 seconds.

1-0: The Flames opened the scoring with 3:18 gone in the second. Mikael Backlund sneaked in from the left side to scoop up a loose puck and flipped it past Robin Lehner into the top corner.

1-1: Rasmus Ristolainen, who recorded a hat trick in Calgary, scored his fourth of the season against the Flames with 9:33 left in the second. After Marcus Foligno's shot went wide, Brian Gionta carried the carom behind the cage and fed a pinching Ristolainen. The goal was the first in 22 games for the defenseman and lifted his season total to nine.

2-1: Foligno put himself on the highlight shows with a short-handed goal. The winger skated toward T.J. Brodie and pulled the puck back to freeze the defenseman, then quickly pushed it past him. Foligno never broke stride while dancing around Brodie, collected the puck and rifled it in off the post. The crowd went bonkers and quickly looked to the scoreboard for the replay.

2-2: The fans had only 15 seconds to celebrate, however, as the Flames scored on the power play with 3:28 left in the second. Dougie Hamilton cleanly beat Lehner from the right circle with a shot into the near top corner.

3-2: Nicolas Deslauriers completed the lamp-lighting barrage with 2:46 to play. He took a pass from Zach Bogosian, skated into the left circle and put a laser into the top corner. He took a long celebratory slide with his palm along the ice after ending a 41-game goal drought.

Gloveless Sean Monahan: The Flames tied the game again with 3:56 gone in the third. Sean Monahan and Foligno each went for an airborne puck in the slot, with Foligno's stick knocking the glove off Monahan's hand. The puck and the Calgary forward both kept going toward the net. Monahan retrieved it at the top of the crease and reached around Lehner to make it 3-3.

Larsson finds a home: Center Johan Larsson scored his fourth goal of the year but his first in Buffalo to give the Sabres a 4-3 lead with 10:29 to play.

Ending the drought: The Flames, who entered the game last in the NHL on the penalty kill, repeatedly went to the box. Buffalo couldn't take advantage, going 0 for 7 on its first seven opportunities. Finally, Eichel connected during the eighth. The center coasted along the blue line and found the net with a floater, putting the Sabres up, 5-3, with 7:14 remaining.

Buffalo entered the night 5 for 39 on the power play during the previous 13 games.

Empty-net goal: Evander Kane scored with 1:31 to go after Flames coach Bob Hartley pulled Hiller for an extra attacker.

Five-on-three blankings: The Sabres had a two-man advantage for 45 seconds in the opening minutes, but they managed just one shot that Hiller stopped. The Sabres had another five-on-three during the third period, this time for 1:30. They couldn't connect, but Eichel scored shortly after it ended.

Buffalo is one of just seven teams without a five-on-three goal this year. Toronto, Edmonton, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Colorado and Ottawa are the others.

Slow start: It took the Flames more than 17 minutes to register their first shot. Defenseman Mark Giordano took a power-play wrister from the right faceoff circle with 2:56 remaining in the opening period. Buffalo finished the first with an 8-4 shot edge.

Next: The Sabres’ will close a three-game homestand at 1 p.m. Saturday when they host Jason Pominville, Thomas Vanek and the Minnesota Wild. The Sabres visit Toronto on Monday night and welcome the New York Rangers to Buffalo on Tuesday.

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