Sabres 7, Canadiens 6AP , Associated Press
Jan. 6, 1996 10:42 PM ET
MONTREAL (AP) _ Randy Burridge and Pat LaFontaine scored 18 seconds apart late in the third period to give the Buffalo Sabres a 7-6 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.
The Canadiens appeared to have the game put away when Pierre Turgeon scored his third goal of the game _ and career 300th _ to give Montreal a 6-5 lead at 10:47 of the final period.
But Burridge snapped one into the top corner at 17:02 and LaFontaine, with his second of the game, skated in alone and faked out Jocelyn Thibault at 17:20 to pull off the comeback victory.
Jason Dawe had his first career three-goal game while Donald Audette also scored for Buffalo, which pulled within two points of second-place Montreal in the Northeast Division.
Mark Recchi, Martin Rucinsky and Valeri Bure had the other goals for Montreal, which wasted leads five times.
The Canadiens played poorly in front of Thibault as the Sabres outshot Montreal 33-27.
John Blue let in the first two Montreal shots. Martin Biron came on and allowed two more goals on six shots before Blue went back in to let in two more on 19 shots.
The Sabres' top two goaltenders, Dominik Hasek and Andrei Trefilov, are both injured.
Montreal has only one win in its last six games. Buffalo won a second consecutive game. The Sabres had ended a four-game losing run with a 3-1 win in Toronto on Friday night.
Recchi scored 14 seconds into the game on a breakaway and Rucinsky beat Blue on another breakaway at 2:04 with his team shorthanded.
The Canadiens threw that lead away with sloppy defense, as Dawe, who hadn't scored since Nov. 24, intercepted a Patrice Brisebois pass in the slot and beat Thibault with a low blast.
Dawe then completed a two-on-one with Dave Hannan at 13:46 before Turgeon flipped in a rebound on a power play at 14:50.
Audette tied it again at 15:58 from a scramble in front of Thibault.
Turgeon beat Biron with a soft wrist shot on a power play 3:01 into the second period but LaFontaine got it back on a two-on-one with Audette only 58 seconds later.
Bure put Montreal ahead at 16:41 with a tuck inside the post past Blue, but Dawe tied it once again when he slid a puck under Thibault's arm 4:40 into the third.
Turgeon was allowed to roam free in the Buffalo zone and beat Blue with a wrist shot from the slot at 10:47.