Skinner, Sabers won 10 straight by defeating Sharks on the PL



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BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Buffalo Sabers had to go to overtime after spending two goals in the third period, but they still made it perfect 10.

Jeff Skinner scored his highest goal from his 19th team, 1:19, in extra time, and Sabers won their 10th match by beating San Jose Sharks 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Rasmus Ristolainen scored around the deck around Brent Burns, and Nathan Beaulieu also scored for Buffalo, who have not lost since November 4.

The streak matched the longest in Saber history and was the NHL's best run since the Columbus Blue Jackets won 16 in a row from November 29, 2016, to January 3, 2017. Buffalo won 10 twice in a row before, and finally by going 10-0 to open 2006-07 season.

Carter Hutton stopped the first 32 shots he faced and 36 overall to extend his personal best winning streak to eight, where he was allowed only 15 goals.

Joe Pavelski scored twice for the Sharks in the final 8 1/2 minutes to increase his team total to 15.

Martin Jones stopped 28 shots and had little chance on one of the three goals.

The decisive goal came after Jones stabbed the chip away from Sabers defector Rasmus Dahlin, who was driving to the net. Skinner was followed by defeating Evander Kane into loose pieces and scoring goals.

The Sharks, who lost 6-0 in Vegas on Saturday, earned points to move to a tie with idle Calgary to lead the Pacific Division.

Pavelski forced overtime by scoring a power-play goal with 3:18 remaining, when he came out from behind the goal to wrap a shot just inside the left post. He cut the Buffalo lead to 2-1 around five minutes earlier by one-time in Burns' pass from the right.

By increasing to 17-6-2, Saber lost eight wins from last season's total match, when they became the first NHL team to finish 31st in the standings after the addition of the Golden Knights expansion. Buffalo also won six straight at home to mark the best streak since the 7-0 run from November 28 to December 15, 2014.

Fans were trapped in excitement with Buffalo going up 2-0 in the third period by counting to nine and then chanting: "We want 10!"

A deep turnaround inside the Saber zone caused Tage Thompson to give a perfect cross which hit Ristolainen with full steps to the left wing. Crossing the blue line near the board, Ristolainen slipped a puck through his legs to avoid Brent Burns and drove to the net, where he turned a shot over Jones's left shoulder.

Buffalo extended his lead to two when Beaulieu scored 4:14 in the third period of the other Shark turnover. Sam Reinhart accelerated the right wing and hit a hard curve over the fold, which Beaulieu directed while riding the left pole.

Hutton's best save came 17 1/2 minutes, when Joe Thornton pulled three defenders in the left circle and fed Marcus Sorensen wide open at the right post. One time Sorensen only had Hutton glide in time for gloves.

NOTE: After playing in Toronto on Wednesday, Sharks D Erik Karlsson will make his first return to Ottawa on Saturday since Senator trades their former captain and twice wins the Norris Trophy to San Jose in September. … Kane received most of the warm welcome after being introduced at the beginning of the first period in his first match at Buffalo since Saber traded it to San Jose in February. … Sabers D Lawrence Pilut is a healthy scratch after being called from the AHL Rochester the day before. … LW Sabers Conor Sheary missed his first match with an undisclosed injury, a day after leaving training early.

NEXT

Sharks: Continue their five-match trip in Toronto on Wednesday night.

Sabers: Open a three-match trip in Tampa Bay on Thursday night.

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