MONTREAL (AP) — Bryan Flynn scored in regulation and added the shootout winner in the Buffalo Sabres’ 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.
Flynn beat Dustin Tokarski with a few nifty moves before slotting home the winner on his forehand. After losing five straight, Buffalo has won five of its last six games.
Zemgus Girgensons and Chris Stewart also scored and Jhonas Enroth stopped 41 shots to help Buffalo sweep the home-and-home series. On Friday night in Buffalo, the Sabres beat the Canadiens 2-1.
Brendan Gallagher, Lars Eller and Max Pacioretty scored for Montreal. Tokarski made 23 saves.
Buffalo opened the score with 5:57 left in the first period. After Tokarski stopped Tyler Ennis’ shot, Montreal’s David Desharnais failed to clear the rebound, shooting the puck right off Girgensons and into the back of the net.
The goal was Girgensons’ seventh of the season. The 20-year-old scored eight times in 70 games as a rookie last season.
The Canadiens finally beat Enroth at 7:51 of the second. Gallagher, who signed a six-year contract extension earlier in the day, celebrated with his sixth goal of the season to tie it at 1.
Stewart restored Buffalo’s one-goal lead at 5:57 of the third period, beating Tokarski on a breakaway while being pestered by defensemen Mike Weaver and Bryan Allen. The play started with a huge shot block by Marcus Foligno in the defensive zone.
The Canadiens answered back 1:34 later when Eller’s shot toward Enroth went off the skate of Sabres defenseman Nikita Zadorov.
The teams then scored 49 seconds apart, with Flynn tying it with 5:56 left after Pacioretty gave the Habs a 3-2 lead with 6:45 to go.
Notes: Former Montreal defenseman Josh Gorges, traded to the Sabres in the offseason, missed the game because of a knee injury. … Montreal defenseman Tom Gilbert was a healthy scratch for the second game in a row.
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