Sabres can't overcome 'flat' stretch of play, lose sixth game in a row

Jeff Skinner darted toward the blue line to hug Rasmus Dahlin, while the crowd inside KeyBank Center roared in approval.

Neither Krueger nor his players are interested in drawing parallels between this recent slide and what occurred last season, when the Sabres struggled following their 10-game win streak.

However, Krueger's revamped forward lines struck quickly when Skinner scored his eighth goal of the season at 4:26 into regulation.

The Hurricanes continued to control play until Curtis Lazar, who the Sabres recalled prior to practice Wednesday, blocked a shot near his own blue line and scored on a breakaway to cut the deficit to one.

Sam Reinhart was penalized for high sticking with 4:27 remaining in regulation and, 29 seconds later, Andrei Svechnikov scored the go-ahead goal to put Carolina in front.

The Sabres managed to take the game into overtime to earn at least one point, however, there are a number of areas Krueger will need to correct amid a chaotic schedule.

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