NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Buffalo
(Wednesday, March 4th)
Final Score: Buffalo 5, Montreal 1
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Derek Roy and Paul Gaustad each scored twice as the Buffalo Sabres routed the Montreal Canadiens, 5-1, at HSBC Arena.
Jaroslav Spacek added a goal and an assist for the Sabres, who snapped a three-game losing skid. Despite the win, Buffalo notched only its third win in its last eight contests.
Patrick Lalime was spectacular between the pipes, turning aside 38-of-39 shots in the win.
Sabres leading scorer Thomas Vanek returned to the lineup after missing the last nine games with a fractured jaw, which he suffered in a game against Ottawa on February 7. Vanek played 13:42 without registering a point. Buffalo was without starting netminder Ryan Miller for the fourth straight game, as he is out indefinitely with a high ankle sprain.
Buffalo was active prior to the NHL trade deadline on Wednesday, acquiring center Dominic Moore from Toronto and goaltender Mikael Tellqvist from Phoenix for future draft picks. The Sabres also shipped forward Ales Kotalik to Edmonton for a draft pick.
Tomas Plekanec accounted for the Canadiens' lone goal, while Carey Price stopped 22 shots in defeat. Montreal saw its four-game winning streak come to an end.
Despite three straight Montreal power plays early in the first period, the contest remained scoreless until late in the stanza. With Buffalo getting a chance on the man advantage, Roy's backhander from the middle slot got through Price to give the Sabres the lead with 2:07 remaining.
Roy tallied again 2:59 into the second, when he took a feed from Daniel Paille in the left corner and put a quick wrist shot in net to make it a 2-0 game. Spacek's unassisted marker at 9:07 gave the hosts a three-goal cushion, an advantage they took into the second intermission.
Gaustad added a power-play score at 6:10 of the third, when he tipped in a Craig Rivet blast from the point. Gaustad then added a short-handed tally on a breakaway with 8:57 to play, making it a 5-0 game.
Plekanec spoiled Lalime's shutout bid with 1:06 left in the game.
Montreal will play at Atlanta on Friday, while the Sabres host Phoenix the same day...Buffalo improved to 18-12-2 at home this season. The Habs fell to 14-17-3 on the road...The Sabres have won three of five games against Montreal this year.
03/04 22:52:51 ET