The Buffalo Sabres got back in the win column with a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on Sunday night, ending a three-game skid and improving to 8-9-1.
The game was knotted at two after 40 minutes but Erik Johnson’s second goal of the season midway through the third period and big saves by Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen in the final seconds of regulation lifted Buffalo to victory.
Rasmus Dahlin recorded a three-point game with his fourth goal and two assists. Jeff Skinner netted his eighth on the power play, and JJ Peterka added a pair of helpers. Luukkonen stopped 24 of the 26 shots he faced.
Buffalo finished 1-for-3 on the man advantage and a perfect 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.
The Sabres will try to get back to .500 on Wednesday night in Washington against the Capitals. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.