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Montreal at Buffalo

Sabres score two late goals in third to overcome Canadiens in SO

CBSSports.com wire reports
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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres cut it about as close as possible.

Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek scored in the shootout after Buffalo rallied with two late third-period goals, giving the Sabres a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.

Tim Connolly scored a power-play goal with 1:59 left in regulation, and Steve Montador tied it with 47.9 seconds left and goalie Ryan Miller off for an extra attacker.

Miller made 26 saves to help the Sabres (40-22-10) win their fourth straight game.

"It was an ugly game but we'll take the two points," Vanek said. "We talked about getting pucks to the net and going hard to the net and capitalizing on some rebounds. It took 58 minutes to finally get one. I think we all know that we can be better, and we will be better."

Up until that 58-minute mark, the Sabres were being thwarted by Canadiens goalie Carey Price, who finished with 40 saves in his first start since being benched after allowing three first-period goals against Anaheim seven games ago. Price was steady throughout, but was undone when Buffalo blitzed him with six skaters for the majority of the final 3½ minutes of regulation.

Connolly scored with Buffalo enjoying a 6-on-4 advantage with Miller out for an extra attacker, and Montador scored his fourth of the season in a scramble in front of Price to tie it at 2.

"I'm not happy whatsoever," Price said. "Not one bit. We got to find a way to get that done. That's a point we need, and we need to find a way to do it. We played hard for 55 minutes and after that we just sat ... and let them come to us."

After Pominville scored in the first round of the shootout, Vanek iced it in the third round with a wicked snap shot that beat Price. Miller gave Buffalo the bonus point by stopping Montreal's Andrei Kostitsyn and Mike Cammalleri in the first two rounds.

"We got that one on the power play, and that was our hope right there," Miller said. "Then we got one 6-on-5, and then got the job done in the shootout."

Kostitsyn scored twice for the Canadiens (36-30-8), who've lost three straight after a six-game winning streak.

Montreal was stung by giving the Sabres six consecutive man-advantage opportunities starting with under seven minutes to go in the second period.

"Carey gave us a strong game, and you'd like to win that game, but the penalties made it difficult for us," Montreal coach Jacques Martin said. "What you've got to learn from that is the penalties cost us."

The Canadiens, 4-1-2 in their last seven on the road, received a boost with the return of leading scorer Cammalleri and defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron from injuries. Bergeron assisted in Kostitsyn's second goal.

Kostitsyn popped in his second of the game on the power play 4:57 into the second period to stretch Montreal's lead to 2-0. From the left circle he wheeled around and wristed a shot that handcuffed Miller.

Kostitsyn scored just 41 seconds into the game to give Montreal a 1-0 lead. Wide open and standing to the right of Miller, Kostitsyn easily tapped in Tomas Plekanec's pass from the left of the net.

Notes

  • The Sabres won their 40th game of the season, the fourth time they've reached the plateau in the last five seasons.
  • Kostitsyn snapped a 13-game goal drought.
  • The Sabres opened a three-game-in-four-night homestand.
  • Cammalleri had missed the past 17 games because of a knee injury, while Bergeron was forced to miss 15 games with a knee injury.
  • Montreal LW Travis Moen didn't play after he was cut on the face by a skate in the Canadiens loss to Ottawa on Monday night.
  • Buffalo left wing Raffi Torres missed his third straight game because of an undisclosed injury.
  • Connolly missed the last half of the first period after being hit in the face by Kostitsyn's clearing attempt.
  • Sabres RW Patrick Kaleta missed the final period with neck soreness.
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Ryan Miller stops Mike Cammalleri, who is back in action after missing 17 games with a knee injury. (AP)
Ryan Miller stops Mike Cammalleri, who is back in action after missing 17 games with a knee injury. (AP)

Scoreboard
Montreal (36-30-8)11000 (0)2
Buffalo  (40-22-10) «00201 (2)3
Three Stars
T. Connolly
BUF


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
C. Price
MON


Saves: 40
Save Pct.: .952
D. Roy
BUF


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
41.0Andrei Kostitsyn (13), Slap Shot. Assist: Plekanec, Hamrlik
2ND PERIOD
04:57Power Play - Andrei Kostitsyn (14), Snap Shot. Assist: Markov, Bergeron
3RD PERIOD
18:01Power Play - Tim Connolly (17), Slap Shot. Assist: Roy, Myers
19:12Paul Gaustad (10), Slap Shot. Assist: Montador, Sekera
OT
None
2OT
 Jason Pominville (5), GOAL
 Thomas Vanek (2), GOAL
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
19:37Roy, 2 min, Hooking
2ND PERIOD
02:31Mair, 2 min, Cross-Checking
04:43Vanek, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
05:35Pominville, 2 min, Slashing
13:13Price, 2 min, Playing Puck in Restricted Area
16:56Pouliot, 2 min, High-Sticking
16:56Pouliot, 2 min, High-Sticking
3RD PERIOD
13:19Kostitsyn, 2 min, Hooking
16:27O'Byrne, 2 min, High-Sticking
OT
38.0Markov, 2 min, Interference
2OT
None
Shots On Goal
 123T
Montreal712827
Buffalo10141741
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGASO SSO GA
Carey Price 64:4440232
Ryan Miller 62:2326220
Game Information
Attendance - 18690
Referees - Dean Morton, Brad Meier
Linesmen - Brad Kovachik, Greg Devorski
 
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