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NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Buffalo

(Friday, November 7th)

Final Score: Buffalo 2, Montreal 1

Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Daniel Briere and Ales Kotalik each scored in the second period to lead Buffalo to a 2-1 win over Montreal at HSBC Arena.

Mike Noronen turned away 36 shots -- including 13 in the first period -- for the Sabres, who posted their fourth straight win in the series and improved to 5-2-1 in their last eight overall.

Donald Audette delivered a third-period tally for the Canadiens, who suffered their third straight loss. Jose Theodore made 15 saves.

Buffalo went ahead 2-0 in the second period. Briere opened the scoring on the power play at 4:37. He carried the puck from the right corner to the slot, and stuffed the puck past Jose Theodore.

Kotalik then registered an even-strength goal, off a rebound from the right circle, 6:50 later.

Audette's second goal of the season pulled the Canadiens within 2-1 with 6:26 remaining in the third. He fed a pass into the right circle to Patrice Brisebois, who fired a one-timer.

Noronen made the initial save, but Audette skated to the slot and stuffed the puck inside the left post.

The Sabres goaltender stopped 15 shots in the third period to preserve the victory.

Montreal captain Saku Koivu made his season debut. The center, who sprained his right knee in the preseason, didn't register a shot on net.

Game Notes

Chris Drury and Dmitri Kalinin each delivered an assist for the Sabres, who improved to 7-0-1 when scoring first this season...Richard Zednik also assisted the lone goal for the Canadiens, who fell to 0-7 this season when allowing the first tally.

11/07 22:42:53 ET

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