3 things that went right in win over Montreal the Buffalo Sabres must parlay into the weekend

We are on Take 15 in the Buffalo Sabres quest to string together a pair of back-to-back wins, something they haven’t done in over two months.

Jan 4, 2024; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Buffalo Sabres forward Jeff Skinner (53) celebrates after the
Jan 4, 2024; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Buffalo Sabres forward Jeff Skinner (53) celebrates after the / Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
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Jan 4, 2024; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Buffalo Sabres forward Tage Thompson (72) celebrates with / Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

3 - Playing for 60 straight minutes

A few times in the first half of the season, the Buffalo Sabres gave us 60 quality minutes against the league’s toughest teams, and they ended up scoring W’s that few would have expected. Last night, for the first time since perhaps their 6-4 win over the Ottawa Senators back in October, they played a 60-minute game, or better yet a near-60-minute game. 

The last two times they squared off against the Pittsburgh Penguins, they gave us about 20 solid minutes in each contest. In the first matchup, they looked good in the opening stanza before things went haywire. Ironically, their first two frames were horrendous in their most recent matchup, but they ended up scoring a comeback win. 

Just like they managed last night against the Canadiens, the Blue and Gold must give us solid play from the opening faceoff in the first period to the final whistle in the third. Maybe it will translate into a small winning streak, maybe it won’t, but it will surely put them in position to snag a second win in a 48-hour span. 

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