How it happened: Jonathan Toews scored two goals 47 seconds apart, with the winner coming with 55.2 seconds to play. The Blackhawks started fast and furious, scoring twice in the game's first 8:36. They slowly watched their lead evaporate thanks in part to a pair of goals from Sabres forward Marcus Foligno, who broke a 2-2 tie with 7:18 to play in the third period. Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith opened the scoring on a blazing slap shot just 2:16 into the game, and Patrick Sharp made it 2-0 just over six minutes later on a nifty rush up the middle. Playing its second game in two nights, Chicago eased off the gas in the second and saw Foligno net a rebound in front of Blackhawks goaltender Scott Darling 13:10 into the second period.
What it means: The Blackhawks move to 102 points on the season, one back of the Central Division-leading Nashville Predators, who sat idle Friday with 103 points. It's Chicago's fourth straight win in Buffalo against the Sabres and their sixth straight overall. Chicago last lost to the Sabres at First Niagara Center on Dec. 11, 2009.
Player of the game: Toews, who has five goals in his past five games, including two final-minute winners.
Stat of the game: Chicago is 25-0 this season when leading after two periods.
What’s next: The Blackhawks head home to host the St. Louis Blues at 6:30 p.m. CT Sunday. It's the first of two games in five days between the Central foes, with the Blues to host Thursday. The Blackhawks lead the season series 2-1, with a 4-1 home victory on Dec. 3 and a 4-2 win at St. Louis on Feb. 8.