NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, November 5th
(All times eastern)
Buffalo Sabres (7-6-0) at Montreal Canadiens (10-3-1), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Montreal Canadiens will try for their first four-game
winning streak of the season this evening, as they welcome the Buffalo Sabres
to the Bell Centre for the finale of a home-and-home series.
The Canadiens earned a 3-2 victory in Buffalo on Friday evening after
Niklas Sundstrom tallied the game-winning goal with under three minutes
remaining in the third period.
Michael Ryder netted the equalizer early in the third period, Alexander
Perezhogin notched his fourth goal of the season and Yann Danis made 24 saves
Rory Fitzpatrick and Adam Mair scored goals and Martin Biron stopped 28 of 31
shots for Buffalo, which has lost two straight and four of its last five.
Montreal took the lead with 2:52 left in the contest after Sundstrom deflected
a shot from Steve Begin over Biron's glove for the 3-2 advantage. Mathieu
Dandenault blocked a Sabres' clearing attempt at the right point and Begin
picked up the loose puck along the right boards before firing a shot from the
The victory snapped a seven-game losing streak in Buffalo for the Canadiens.
It was Montreal's first win at HSBC Arena since October 26, 2001.
Sabres forward Daniel Briere was held scoreless in the loss to have his point
streak halted at eight games. Briere had eight goals and four assists during
Last night's matchup was the first meeting of the season between the Sabres
and Habs. The teams split six meetings against each other in 2003-04.
With Friday's win, Montreal reached the .500 mark all-time against the Sabres.
In 206 contests, the Canadiens have 87 wins, 87 losses, 31 ties and one loss
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