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NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Buffalo

(Friday, February 6th)

Final Score: Buffalo 3, Montreal 2

Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Tim Connolly's third-period goal proved to be the game-winner, and the Buffalo Sabres earned a 3-2 victory over division rival Montreal at HSBC Arena.

Jaroslav Spacek and Nathan Paetsch also scored for the Sabres, who have won three of four and five straight at home. Ryan Miller stopped 35-of-37 shots to take the win.

Saku Koivu and Roman Hamrlik provided a goal each for the Canadiens, who have lost six of eight. Carey Price allowed three goals on 22 shots to take the loss.

Montreal outshot Buffalo, 15-5, in the first period, but both teams went scoreless.

Spacek, who missed the last two games with a hip injury, got the Sabres on the scoreboard early in the second, blasting a slapshot from just inside the blue line past Price 27 seconds into the period.

Montreal tied the game when Koivu grabbed a loose puck behind the net and stuffed it past Miller at the 10:21 mark on the power play. But Buffalo got the lead back, as Paetsch's one-timer from the right circle beat Price on the glove side just under two minutes later.

The Sabres took a two-goal lead early in the third. The puck took a funny bounce off the boards to Connolly, who was all alone in front of the net. He deked to his backhand and lifted the disc over Price at the 4:55 mark to make it 3-1.

Montreal got within one on Hamrlik's wrister from the slot with 3:26 left, but was unable to net the equalizer. Alex Kovalev was called for tripping with 1:57 left, and Maxim Lapierre's breakaway chance with just over a minute to go failed.

Game Notes

The Sabres (61 points) sit only three points behind Montreal (64) for second place in the Northeast Division...The home team has taken each of the four games in this series this season (tied, 2-2)...The Canadiens have dropped five straight road contests...Miller's shutout streak reached 157 minutes, 12 seconds before Koivu's goal ended it...Sabres forward Paul Gaustad will be out up to two weeks with an upper-body injury. Center Jochen Hecht also returned after missing two games with an upper-body injury, and had an assist.

02/06 22:23:04 ET

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