Final Score: Buffalo 2, Montreal 1
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Ryan Miller posted 38 saves to help the
Buffalo Sabres take a 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.
Thomas Vanek scored both goals in the win for the Sabres, who have ripped
off three straight wins for just the second time this season.
Michael Ryder scored the lone goal while Carey Price made 16 saves for the
Canadiens, who had won six of seven coming into the contest.
"They're a tough team to play when they have a two-goal lead, especially when
Miller is playing as good as he did tonight," said Ryder. "We just couldn't
get it going until it was too late."
The loss saw Montreal fail in its bid to close the gap with the Pittsburgh
Penguins for the top spot in the Eastern Conference as the Canadiens remain
three points back.
However, Montreal's next contest will come in Pittsburgh as the two top squads
faceoff on Tuesday at CONSOL Energy Center.
Skating on a 5-on-3 power play, Buffalo got on the board midway through the
second period as a one-timer from Christian Ehrhoff at the right point went
through traffic and was tipped into the left corner by Vanek.
The Sabres gave themselves a 2-0 lead with 39 seconds to play in the middle
stanza when Vanek received a pass behind the defense down low and shifted to
the backhand before slipping the puck in for his 16th of the year.
"That was a good play by everyone involved," said Vanek. "I got in behind and
was able to slip it past the goalie. They played a good game tonight and it
was a fun one to be out there for."
The Habs finally got on the board at the 8:17 mark of the third while on the
man advantage as Andrei Markov's pass from the left point went to the slot
where an uncovered Ryder re-directed it in for his 10th of the year.
That was as close as it got, though, as Miller finished the frame with 15
saves to keep the Habs from tying the contest.
Buffalo plays in Tampa Bay on Tuesday ... Buffalo, which took a 3-2 win in
overtime in Montreal on Tuesday, won three of the four games against Montreal
this season ... Both teams went 1-for-3 on the power play.
03/23 22:30:26 ET
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