NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Buffalo
(Friday, November 16th)
Final Score: Buffalo 4, Montreal 1
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Clarke MacArthur had his first career multi- goal game as the Buffalo Sabres roughed up the Montreal Canadiens, 4-1, at HSBC Arena.
Daniel Paille and Drew Stafford also lit the lamp for Buffalo, which put the brakes on a three-game skid. Thomas Vanek had a pair of helpers and Ryan Miller made 36 saves, earning the win for just the second time in his last seven starts.
"The last three or four games, we should have won all those games," said MacArthur. "The coaches are keeping us real calm in the dressing room. We're going out and work hard every game. Tonight was a good start, hopefully we can keep it going."
Michael Ryder had the lone tally and Cristobal Huet surrendered all four goals on 28 shots for Montreal, which has dropped two of its last three games.
Buffalo opened the scoring 7:59 into the contest, as Brian Campbell carried the puck along the right boards and sent a drop pass to Derek Roy, who wristed a shot from the faceoff dot toward the net. The puck caromed off Huet's pad, but MacArthur was there to stuff home the rebound, giving the Sabres a lead in regulation for the first time in 495 minutes, 33 seconds.
Nolan Pratt then helped to double the lead when, cushioned between a pair of Habs' defensemen in the right circle, he appeared to redirect a Vanek slapshot past Huet on the glove side at 12:19. Paille, though, was later credited with the goal.
Vanek picked up his second assist a little more than three minutes later, sending a perfect pass to the crease that Stafford tipped home during an odd-man rush to give the Sabres a comfortable 3-0 margin.
"I didn't help the team in the first (period)," said Huet. "On that I'm disappointed. Obviously it's not good to start a period like this, basically giving them the game."
Montreal finally got on the board 2:01 into the second, as Bryan Smolinski forced a turnover in the offensive zone and fed Ryder, who was camped in the slot and quickly wristed the puck through the five-hole of a stunned Miller to cut it to 3-1.
The Sabres got it back, though, when Jochen Hecht's centering pass from behind the net was knocked into the back of the cage by MacArthur at 6:45, giving the young forward his second goal of the night.
Miller was tested 11 times in the final stanza, but the Habs were unable to pull any closer.
The Sabres were playing game five of nine straight games against the Northeast Division, holding a 2-3 mark during the stretch so far...Buffalo has won just two of the last seven meetings between the teams, and is 1-2 against Montreal so far this season...The Sabres ended the night 0-for-1 on the power play, while Montreal went 0-for-2. Buffalo has now converted on just two of its last 25 chances on the man-advantage.
11/16 23:17:52 ET