The Canadiens slender playoff hopes took a massive hit in Buffalo Friday night.
With Mike Condon on the bench for an extra skater, Evander Kane’s empty-net goal cinched a 6-4 win for the Sabres.
It was Kane’s second of the game.
Sven Andrighetto and Alex Galchenyuk, celebrating his 22nd birthday, each scored twice for the Canadiens.
Marcus Foligno also scored twice for Buffalo, his second on a penalty shot.
The Sabres also got goals from David Legwand and Josh Gorges – !!! – the latter chasing starting goaltender Ben Scrivens.
The Canadiens outshot the home team 30-22.