Skinner’s OT winner lifts Sabres past Kings 4-3

Buffalo Sabres

Jeff Skinner scored the game winner in overtime to lift the Sabres to a 4-3 win over the Kings to snap a five game losing streak Tuesday night at KeyBank Center.

Buffalo now has six wins when trailing after the two periods of play, tied for the most with the Calgary Flames.

After getting outplayed and booed off the ice after two periods, the Sabres answered the bell in the final 20 minutes of action.

So, what was said to help spark their rally?

“That’s for the guys in the room to know and for you guys to keep guessing on,” captain Jack Eichel joked after the win.  “Some things were said in here after the second period. Just trying to get us going.”

“We talked about just get back to basics and the team we want to be,” Johan Larsson added.  “We showed a glimpse of that in the third.”

Trailing 3-1 and with the man advantage, Eichel netted his 10th goal of the season, ripping a shot top shelf over the glove of former Sabres prospect Cal Petersen to pull Buffalo within one.

Four minutes later, the Sabres pulled even with Larsson redirecting Lawrence Pilut’s shot from the point, to pick up his second goal of the season.

“If you want to be a top team in the league, you can’t go on skids and have to stop them as quickly as you can,” said Skinner. “We did a good job of getting the job done.  It’s not always going to be pretty, you’re going ot have to grind one out. It’s another game, we’ll look at the film and get ready for the next one.”

Zemgus Girgensons scored Buffalo’s opening goal, forcing a turnover at the blueline before skating in and beating Petersen to tie the game at one in the first.

The Blue & Gold return to the ice Thursday night when they host the Coyotes.

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