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AFTERMATH: CANADIENS 3, SABRES 2

Friday, 11.05.2010 / 10:44 PM / News
By Rob Crean  - Public Relations Director
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AFTERMATH: CANADIENS 3, SABRES 2

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -Benoit Pouliot scored twice, and Jeff Halpern had a goal and two assists in the Montreal Canadiens' 3-2 victory over the slumping Buffalo Sabres on Friday night.

Carey Price, who has started all but one of Montreal's 13 games this season, made 29 saves to help the Canadiens improve to 8-4-1 and snap a two-game losing streak.

Montreal was without scoring leader Tomas Plekanec, who was scratched because of flulike symptoms. ...more.

Benoit Pouliot scored two goals, including the game-winner, but his first goal came at a critical time in the game and proved to be the play of the game.  Buffalo took a 2-1 lead when Jordan Leopold scored nine minutes into the second period, but Montreal responded by scoring just 46 seconds later to tie the game at two.  Following a faceoff in the Buffalo zone, Mathieu Darche won a battle for the puck behind the net and fed it to Pouliot, who got the puck to his backhand and flipped it past Lalime for the tying goal.

Benoit Pouliot scored two goals to earn First Star honors, but he received a lot of help from his linemates.  The trio of Pouliot, Darche and Jeff Halpern accounted for all of Montreal’s offense on the night, combining for three goals and four assists.  Halpern picked up a goal and two assists while Darche collected a pair of assists to go with Pouliot’s two goals.  Each player also finished with a +3 rating.

Shifts after goals, for or against, are important…after we took the lead there in the second (period) we had a couple shifts after that where they got momentum. - Mike Grier on Montreal’s second goal, which came 46 seconds after Buffalo had taken a 2-1 lead.

- Jordan Leopold scored his fourth goal of the season and led the team with 21:41 TOI.  He also blocked thee shots and registered a +1 rating.

- Mike Grier opened the scoring with his first goal of the season, converting a pass from Tyler Ennis with a nifty move around Montreal goaltender Carey Price.  Grier added an assist on Jordan Leopold’s goal to register his second multi-point game of the year.

- Drew Stafford suffered an upper body injury and did not return to the game after logging 6:13 TOI .  He recorded three shots on goal in the first period.

- Thomas Vanek led all players in the game with six shots on goal.  Paul Gaustad won 10 of 13 faceoff attempts.

- For the second straight game, Buffalo’s scratches were Chris Butler, Mike Weber and Ryan Miller (lower body, day-to-day).  With Miller out, Jhonas Enroth served as Patrick Lalime’s backup.

- “Shifts after goals, for or against, are important…after we took the lead there in the second (period) we had a couple shifts after that where they got momentum.” – Mike Grier on Montreal’s second goal, which came 46 seconds after Buffalo had taken a 2-1 lead.

The Sabres will travel to Toronto on Saturday to face the Maple Leafs for the first time this season as they play the first of three straight on the road.  Buffalo won five of the six meetings between the divisional rivals last season with Derek Roy leading all scorers with six points (3+3) in the season series.  Toronto is coming off a 5-4 shootout loss at Washington on Wednesday.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82