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Sabres Win Ugly Game

Tyler Ennis scored the Sabres second goal in Thursday night’s 5-4 shootout win over Montreal (Getty Images)

They did find a way to rally to a victory over the Montreal Canadiens, they did end a three-game losing streak and they did send the fans home happy.  But despite the win the Sabres problems continue to be glaring.

Thomas Vanek scored twice including the game-tying goal with less than two seconds left in regulation and scored one of the two goals in a shoot-out for a 5-4 win.  Vanek upped his league-leading goal scoring total to 10.  But still, defensively, the Sabres are a mess.  They’re giving up way too many chances in their own zone.  Their passing is awful.  Their goaltending has been shaky whether it’s been Ryan Miller or Jonas Enroth in goal.

The Sabres fell behind 4-2 early in the third period, but Vanek scored on the power play to cut the deficit to one, then with Ryan Miller on the bench, the Sabres crashed the Montreal net and Vanek was able to poke the puck into the net to force overtime.

The Sabres attempted to fly out of Buffalo last night after the game for their game Saturday night against the New York Islanders, but no charter plane was available.  So they’re scheduled to fly out early this morning ahead of that winter storm taking aim at the Atlantic coast.

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