The Buffalo Sabres opened their four-game homestand Thursday night at KeyBank Center and fell to the Montreal Canadiens, 3-2. With the loss, the Sabres dropped to 4-3-0 on the season.
Buffalo dominated the game from the opening faceoff but failed to convert on several scoring opportunities. The Sabres recorded a season-high 45 shots on goal, with 18 coming in the third period.
Jeff Skinner tied the game at one in the second period with his first goal of the season. Alex Tuch and Jack Quinn collected assists.
After falling behind 2-1 early in the third, Dylan Cozens knotted the game at two with a power-play goal, his third in the last four games. Jacob Bryson and Lawrence Piliut tallied assists. About four minutes later, Montreal grabbed the lead for the third time and held on for the victory.
Eric Comrie turned aside 31-of-34 shots.
Buffalo finished 1-for-4 on the man advantage and a perfect 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.
The Sabres will be back in action Saturday when they host the Chicago Blackhawks at 7 p.m.