Kane scores tiebreaking goal, Sabres beat Avalanche 4-2

Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen, right, of Finland, checks Colorado Avalanche right wing Mikko Rantanen, of Finland, as he loses control

Buffalo Sabres goalie Robin Lehner, right, makes a save off a shot of the stick of Colorado Avalanche right wing Mikko Rantanen, of Finland, in the fi

Buffalo Sabres left wing Evander Kane is congratulated as he passes the team box after scoring a goal against the Colorado Avalanche during the third

Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel, left, raises his stick after scoring an empty-net tally as left wing Benoit Pouliot skates in to congratulate Eiche

Buffalo Sabres center Jordan Nolan, right, takes a shot against Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov, of Russia, in the second period of an NHL h

Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov, front, of Russia, reacts after giving up a goal to Buffalo Sabres left wing Benoit Pouliot in the second pe

Colorado Avalanche right wing Mikko Rantanen, back, of Finland, fields a pass as Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen, of Finland, drops back

Colorado Avalanche right wing Sven Andrighetto, front, of Switzerland, picks up a loose puck in front of Buffalo Sabres right wing Jason Pominville in

DENVER (AP) — Jack Eichel had a goal and two assists, Evander Kane broke a third-period tie and the Buffalo Sabres beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 on Tuesday night.

Benoit Pouliot and John McCabe each had a goal and an assist for Buffalo. Robin Lehner stopped 35 shots to help the Sabres end a four-game skid.

Buffalo had managed only one goal in the past four games. The Sabres have scored five or more once this season and have two or fewer goals in 17 of their 28 games but were able to break out against the skidding Avalanche.

Nathan MacKinnon scored both goals and Semyon Varlamov made 31 saves for Colorado, which has lost three straight. The Avalanche finished their homestand 1-4 after Kane scored the winner on a 4-on-4 at 11:54 of the third period.

Eichel added an empty-net goal at 19:27 to seal it.

With the game tied at 1 late in the second period, Buffalo got a break to take the lead. Johan Larsson knocked the puck back into the offensive zone with two of his teammates still below the blue line, and McCabe scored moments later.

The Avalanche challenged that the play was offside but the goal was upheld upon replay review. Colorado was assessed a two-minute minor for delay of game.

The NHL, in a tweet, explained "that all Sabres players tagged up at the blue line prior to Johan Larsson touching the puck in the offensive zone, rendering the play onside. Therefore the original call stands - good goal Buffalo Sabres."

Ryan O'Reilly burned his former team when he stole the puck from Alexander Kerfoot and sent a pass to Pouliot near the Colorado net, and the center scored on a one-timer to make it 1-0 at 5:32 of the second period.

It was Buffalo's fourth short-handed goal of the season.

MacKinnon scored at 12:22 of the second to tie it.

NOTES: O'Reilly had two assists. ... Avalanche LW Gabriel Landeskog served the last of his four-game suspension for a cross-check on Calgary's Matthew Tkachuk. ... Buffalo C Scott Wilson played 14:19 a day after being acquired from the Detroit Red Wings for a fifth-round draft pick. ... Colorado C Colin Wilson returned to the lineup after missing three games with a lower-body injury. ... The Sabres assigned forward Kyle Criscuolo to Rochester of the AHL. ... Colorado recalled forward Rocco Grimaldi from San Antonio of the AHL.

UP NEXT

Sabres: Play the Blackhawks in Chicago on Friday.

Avalanche: Start a four-game road trip in Tampa Bay on Thursday night.

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