What a difference a year makes.  Last year the Buffalo Sabres put their fans thru some brutal games as they finished with the worst record in the league.  But this year they're providing thrills and an ability to actually put the puck in the net.

Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks the Sabres needed overtime and then a shootout to claim a come from behind 4-3 victory.  Jack Eichel and Casey Mittelstadt scored the shoot out goals.  Mittelstadt's game winner was one for the highlight reels.  But how they got to the shoot out is a story they never would have written last year.

The Canucks were leading 3-1 with only two and a half minutes to play when coach Phil Housley pulled the goaltender to add an extra skater and it paid off with the Sabres scoring twice in 40 seconds to tie it.  Jeff Skinner scored his 12th goal of the season on a perfect feed from Sam Reinhart to cut the lead to one, then Reinhart tied it on a rebound of a shot by Rasmus Ristolainen.

Then in overtime the Sabres twice had to kill off Vancouver power plays to get to the shoot out.  Carter Hutton made stopped 36 shots and 2 of the 3 shooters he faced in the shoot out.  Rookie Rasmus Dahlin finished with a pair of assists.

The Sabres remain home to host the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night.


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