Despite poor play in the first two periods the Buffalo Sabres battled back in the third period to force overtime, then won the game on a Rasmus Ristolainen slap shot to beat the Montreal Canadiens 6-5 for their second win over the Canadiens this season.  It was the fourth career regular season overtime goal for Ristolainen and that's a Buffalo record for a defenseman.

Jeff Skinner and Vladimir Sobotka each scored twice.  Skinner's third period goal off a slick play from Jack Eichel tied it up 5-5.  Skinner leads the Sabres with 11 goals.  Connor Sheary also scored.

The Sabres held four one-goal leads and the Canadiens came back each time to tie it, then took the lead for the first time in the second period with a shorthanded goal.

Carter Hutton replaced Linus Ullmark in goal after two periods and stopped all five shots he faced in the third period and overtime.

The Sabres host the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday afternoon.