NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Montreal|
(Sunday, January 3rd)
Final Score: Buffalo 1, Montreal 0
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Tim Connolly scored the lone goal of the game
in the second period and Ryan Miller stopped all 30 shots, as the Buffalo
Sabres edged the Montreal Canadiens, 1-0, at Bell Centre.
Miller earned his 17th career shutout for the Sabres, who have now won four
straight, including a 4-3 overtime decision versus Atlanta on Friday.
"We had good puck control in the third period. For six to eight minutes they
didn't have a shot on goal after a few early ones," Miller said. "It was a
tight game until the end."
Carey Price turned in a solid effort, stopping 29-of-30 shots for Montreal,
which ended a 6-1 road trip with a 5-4 win at Florida on Thursday.
"It's frustrating to lose, but we did a fairly good job defensively," Price
said. "We didn't give up a whole lot of opportunities. It was a shutdown game
on both ends."
After a scoreless opening period, Buffalo broke through with 6:56 played in
the second when Connolly put home a Jason Pominville rebound.
Miller stopped all 20 shots faced through the first two periods, while Price
made 21 saves.
In the third period, Montreal had the better of the chances, but Miller had
the answer on all 10 Canadiens shots in the stanza.
Then with the goaltender pulled in the final minute of play, the Habs had a
couple of chances from in close, but Miller stopped Tomas Plekanec and Mike
Cammalleri from point blank range with 14 seconds left. Buffalo then won the
faceoff and chipped the puck out of their defensive zone to preserve the win.
The Sabres earned a 4-3 win in Montreal on December 14 and has won six of its
last seven versus the Canadiens overall...Brothers Sergei (lower body) and
Andrei Kostitsyn (undisclosed) both missed the contest for the Habs.
01/03 18:21:30 ET