The Buffalo Sabres are going to need several players to step up while Tage Thompson is sidelined by a left wrist injury.
It looks as if Rasmus Dahlin is up to the challenge.
The veteran defenseman had a goal and two assists Sunday night, and the Sabres stopped a three-game slide with a 3-2 victory over Connor Bedard and the Chicago Blackhawks.
“We found a way to win. It wasn’t pretty, but we found a way to win,” Dahlin said. “That’s what I take away from this game.”
Erik Johnson snapped a third-period tie and Jeff Skinner also scored for Buffalo, which had dropped four of five overall. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 24 saves.
Johnson drove around Chicago defenseman Seth Jones midway through the third before flipping a tough-angle shot over Petr Mrazek’s right shoulder for a 3-2 lead. It was the second goal of the season for the defenseman.