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Sabres top Sharks in overtime

On the strength of a four-point night from captain Jack Eichel, including the overtime-winning goal, the Buffalo Sabres defeated the San Jose Sharks 4-3 at KeyBank Center on Wednesday.

Eichel led the Sabres with two goals and a pair of assists to help the club improve to 8-1-1 on the season.

Sam Reinhart and Jeff Skinner also scored for Buffalo while Carter Hutton made 25 saves. Hutton, the NHL’s Third Star last week, is now 6-0-0 this year.


Buffalo had a flurry of chances early, but found themselves in a 2-0 hole after 20 minutes.

San Jose’s first goal ended Hutton’s career-long shutout streak at 134:22. Dylan Gambrell tallied 5:46 into the game on a tip from a shot by Erik Karlsson.

The Sharks doubled their lead when Patrick Marleau assisted on Marc-Andre Vlasic’s first of the season with 4:37 to go in the first.