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Quick hits: Sabres 5, Predators 4 (OT)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – What's it called when a team wins three in a row? It's called a winning streak.

The Sabres finally have one.

Buffalo rallied from a two-goal deficit in the final six minutes Tuesday, then got an electrifying goal by Jack Eichel with 2:25 left in overtime to steal a 5-4 victory.

The Sabres have three straight wins for the first time since Nov. 1. They improved to 4-1 in their last five games and 9-3-2 against Western Conference opponents.

Hot, hot, hot: No player in the NHL is scoring more than Filip Forsberg during the past month, and he showed the Sabres why in Bridgestone Arena. Buffalo’s power-play unit failed to corral an offensive-zone dump-in, and the Predators scooted to the other end with a two-on-one.

Calle Jarnkrok wisely passed to Forsberg, who rifled a glove-side shot past Robin Lehner with 8:43 gone. It was Forsberg’s 12th goal in 18 games.

Short short-handed list: Forsberg’s goal was the first short-handed tally allowed by the Sabres this year. Columbus is now the only team that hasn’t given one up.

Tie game, part one: Zemgus Girgensons ended a seven-game goal drought, making it 1-1 with 7:48 left in the second period. Evander Kane tipped Cody Franson’s point shot, and Girgensons put home a backhand on the rebound for his sixth goal of the year.

Post it: It took a video review, but the Predators went up, 2-1, with 2:32 to go in the second. From behind the net, forward Cody McLeod banked a shot off Lehner’s skate. The puck popped in the air and trickled over Lehner’s pad, just inside the post.

Tie game, part two: The Sabres went into the second intermission on a high note, getting a goal from Eichel with 18 seconds left. Nashville goaltender Juuse Saros stopped a slap shot by Franson, but the rebound went to an open Eichel. The center scored for the 11th time in his 26 games.

Power play strikes: After Buffalo defenseman Justin Falk flipped the puck over the glass with 15:09 to play, Nashville needed just 17 seconds to connect on the power play and make it 3-2. Viktor Arvidsson took a pass down low and went to the net. Lehner stopped the first shot, but Arvidsson put home the rebound.

Big blast: James Neal gave the Predators a 4-2 lead with 9:43 left. No one picked up the winger on a rush into the Sabres' zone, and he ripped home a one-timer from the slot.

No goal: The Sabres lit the goal lamp just 30 seconds after Neal's goal, but the goal was waved off because Marcus Foligno put the puck in the net with a kicking motion.

No doubt: No video review was needed with 5:50 to play as Girgensons fed Brian Gionta in front. The wide-open captain buried his 11th of the season to cut the Sabres' deficit to 4-3.

Tie game, part three: With Lehner pulled for an extra attacker, Kyle Okposo made it pay off. The right winger chipped a shot high into the net, making it 4-4 with 1:05 left in regulation.

Taking offense: Sabres defenseman Dmitry Kulikov played his first game in nearly a month, skating as Rasmus Ristolainen’s partner. McLeod greeted Kulikov rudely, flattening him with six minutes off the clock. Marcus Foligno immediately engaged McLeod in a lengthy fight.

Wise pick: In order to get a first-round selection for Paul Gaustad in 2012, the Sabres had to also give Nashville a fourth-rounder. The Predators used the pick on Saros. The 21-year-old entered the game with a .952 save percentage and 1.44 goals-against average in nine appearances this season.

Scratches: Defenseman Casey Nelson and left wing William Carrier sat for the Sabres. Nicolas Deslauriers took Carrier’s spot after sitting the previous two games.

Next: The Sabres will visit Lindy Ruff and the Dallas Stars on Thursday, then watch right wing Kyle Okposo depart for NHL All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles. Buffalo will return from the break Tuesday, when they visit Montreal.

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