The Avalanche finished a 1-4 homestand with a 4-2 loss to Buffalo Tuesday night at Pepsi Center

Posted: 11:19 PM, Dec 05, 2017
Updated: 2017-12-06 06:19:31Z

DENVER --  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.

Game 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.


Sabres: Play the Blackhawks in Chicago on Friday.

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