NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Buffalo
(Thursday, December 3rd)
Final Score: Buffalo 6, Montreal 2
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Derek Roy, Andrej Sekera and Jason Pominville each had a goal and an assist, and the Buffalo Sabres built up a big lead and hung on to beat the Montreal Canadiens, 6-2, at HSBC Arena.
Tim Kennedy, Clarke MacArthur and Mike Grier also scored for Buffalo, which has now recorded its third four-game winning streak of the season. Ryan Miller's shutout streak ended at 148 minutes and 31 seconds in the third period, but he still stopped 21 shots to record the win.
Josh Gorges and Scott Gomez both recorded a goal for the Habs, who have lost four in a row and five of six. Jaroslav Halak allowed all six goals on 37 shots to take the loss.
Buffalo dominated from the outset, scoring three times in the first nine minutes.
Just 2:28 into the game, Drew Stafford ripped a wrist shot from the slot that was stopped by Halak. MacArthur was able to beat two defenders to the rebound and backhand the puck into the top left corner for the first goal.
A little under four minutes later, Halak blocked several shots from in tight with his stick on the ice, but the puck bounced out to the left side, where Pominville one-timed it past the diving goaltender for a 2-0 lead.
Then, at the 8:20 mark, Pominville used a perfect saucer pass from the side of the net across the crease to Roy, whose one-timer into the wide-open portion of the net made it a 3-0 game.
Meanwhile, the Habs managed only three shots on goal the entire opening frame, compared to the 15 shots Buffalo used in its constant attack.
The Sabres continued their assault in the second period. After two Montreal defenseman misplayed a puck in front of their own net, Kennedy picked up a loose rebound and put it into the net at 4:31 for a 4-0 advantage.
Gomez finally put the Canadiens on the board with 3:10 remaining in the second, but the Habs mustered only five shots in the second to Buffalo's 14 and went into the third down, 4-1.
Gorges' brought Montreal to within two on a goal with 8 1/2 minutes left in the game, but Sekera's first goal of the year less than two minutes later restored Buffalo's three-goal margin.
Grier scored on a 2-on-1 with under a half-minute to play to account for the final margin.
The Sabres began a five-game homestand Thursday and are now 9-3-2 at home...Buffalo forward Patrick Kaleta returned from a two-game suspension, while Montreal's Georges Laraque continued to sit out following a five-game suspension...The Sabres have outscored the opposition, 18-5, during their four-game winning streak...Thomas Vanek had three assists for Buffalo...Montreal had 15 third-period shots.
12/03 21:37:23 ET