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Price, Habs shut down lowly Sabres

Montreal, QC (SportsNetwork.com) - Max Pacioretty broke a scoreless deadlock with 9:07 to play and Carey Price posted a 24-save shutout, as the Montreal Canadiens blanked the Buffalo Sabres, 2-0, on Tuesday at Bell Centre.

Danny Briere added an insurance marker with Montreal on the power play at 16:54 of the third, while Price stood tall down the stretch to help kill off a late Canadiens penalty and secure his fifth shutout of the season and 24th of his career.

With its third straight victory, Montreal moved into sole possession of second place in the Atlantic Division after entering Tuesday's contest tied with the idle Tampa Bay Lightning at 87 points.

Matt Hackett, making just his second start of the season, stopped 33 shots for the cellar-dwelling Sabres, who have lost two straight and nine of their last 10 games. Buffalo sits last in the NHL with 48 points.

03/25 22:16:27 ET