Kevin Snow  - Sabres.com (@kwsnow) | Saturday, 02.02.2013 / 10:36 PM

Montreal 6 – Buffalo 1

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Bell Centre


MONTREAL – Rene Bourque and David Desharnais both scored twice and Carey Price made 30 saves as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Buffalo Sabres 6-1 on Saturday afternoon. The loss drops the Sabres to 3-4-1 on the season, while the Canadiens improve to 5-2-0.

Montreal controlled much of the play in the first period, holding a 15-1 edge in shots. But it took them until the 19:52 mark to get on the board when Bourque tapped in a cross-ice pass from Brian Gionta. They scored three more times in the second period to build a commanding 4-0 lead after 40 minutes. The Canadiens went up 5-0 early in the third before Thomas Vanek broke Price’s shutout bid at 3:01 when he was sent in alone by Marcus Foligno and chipped the puck over the sprawled netminder. It was Vanek’s seventh goal of the season and league-leading 16th point.

Ryan Miller played the first two periods in goal for Buffalo, and allowed four goals on 21 shots. Jhonas Enroth finished the game off, giving up two goals on 11 shots.


Andrej Sekera left the game after the first period when he was hit in the foot by an Alexei Emelin shot just 54 seconds into the game. Sekera struggled to the bench, and went to the dressing room briefly, but he returned to play 3:37 of ice time in four additional shifts. Ruff said that Sekera has a bruised foot and will be evaluated further on Sunday… Cody McCormick made his season debut for the Sabres after missing the first seven games with a hand injury… To make room for McCormick, Robyn Regehr was placed on IR before the game. Regehr had missed the previous two games with a lower body injury… Patrick Kaleta (neck), Nathan Gerbe and TJ Brennan were Buffalo’s scratches… This was Kaleta’s second game missed after being hit from behind against Toronto on Tuesday.


With his third period goal, Thomas Vanek has points in all seven games he’s played in… Dating back to last season, Vanek has 27 points (9+18) in his last 17 games… Marcus Foligno’s assist on Vanek’s goal extends his point streak to four games (1+4)… This was Buffalo’s first regulation loss to Montreal since November 27, 2010; snapping a nine-game unbeaten streak (8-0-1) against the Habs… Jason Pominville, Mikhail Grigorenko, Christian Ehrhoff and Mike Weber all saw their two-game point streaks come to end today… Buffalo recorded just one shot in the first period, their lowest total in a regulation period since Oct. 7, 2011 vs. Anaheim (0, 3rd period)… The Sabres are 1-2-0 in afternoon games… Buffalo allowed three goals in the second period, and have now been outscored 15-8 in the second period this season… Christian Ehrhoff had 25:41 of ice time, and is the only Sabres defenseman to play at least 20+ minutes in all eight games… This was Buffalo’s first loss against a Northeast Division opponent (2-1-1) this season… First of five meetings between the Sabres and Canadiens this season; 254th game all-time… The Sabres are 116-101-37 against the Canadiens; 48-67-13 on the road.


* Trailing after the first period: 0-1-0

* Opponent scores first: 0-2-1

* Trailing after the second period: 0-3-1

* Outshot by the opposition: 2-4-0


Time on Ice: Christian Ehrhoff, 25:41

Shots: Vanek/Pominville/Hodgson, 4

Blocked Shots: Jordan Leopold, 3

Faceoff Wins: Cody Hodgson, 13

Total Faceoffs: Hodgson, 21 (13-8)

Hits: Mike Weber, 7


The Sabres were held scoreless on six power plays, dropping their season average to 19.4% (6/31). After going six-for-six over the past two games, Buffalo killed off six of eight Montreal man advantage opportunities, and are now at 81.1% (30/37) on the year.


* Sunday vs. Florida, 3 p.m.

* Tuesday @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

* Thursday vs. Montreal, 7 p.m.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
19:52MTL PPG - Rene Bourque (2) ASST: Brian Gionta (2), Tomas Plekanec (2) 1 - 0 MTL
2nd Period
02:03MTL Brendan Gallagher (3) ASST: Alex Galchenyuk (5), Francis Bouillon (3) 2 - 0 MTL
10:08MTL David Desharnais (1) ASST: Lars Eller (1) 3 - 0 MTL
10:36MTL Lars Eller (1) ASST: Alex Galchenyuk (6), Tomas Kaberle (1) 4 - 0 MTL
3rd Period
01:22MTL Rene Bourque (3) ASST: Tomas Plekanec (3) 5 - 0 MTL
03:01BUF SHG - Thomas Vanek (7) ASST: Marcus Foligno (4) 5 - 1 MTL
12:43MTL PPG - David Desharnais (2) ASST: Lars Eller (2), P.K. Subban (1) 6 - 1 MTL
Three Stars of the Game
Alex Galchenyuk
Alex Galchenyuk
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 15:03
Rene Bourque
Rene Bourque
G: 2Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 17:45
Carey Price
Carey Price
SA: 31TOI: 59:45
GA: 1EV: 22-22
PIM: 0PP: 5-5
SV%: .968SH: 3-4
Penalty Summary
1st Period
01:34BUF Tyler Ennis  Tripping against  Brendan Gallagher
02:40MTL David Desharnais  Holding against  Matt Ellis
07:12BUF Thomas Vanek  Hooking against  Rene Bourque
18:15BUF Marcus Foligno  Hooking against  Rene Bourque
2nd Period
02:27MTL Alexei Emelin  Tripping against  Thomas Vanek
06:35BUF Christian Ehrhoff  Hi-sticking against  Tomas Plekanec
07:43MTL P.K. Subban  Hooking against  Cody Hodgson
15:30MTL Lars Eller  Tripping against  John Scott
3rd Period
01:23BUF Steve Ott  Unsportsmanlike conduct
01:23BUF Steve Ott  Fighting (maj) against  Brandon Prust
01:23MTL Brandon Prust  Fighting (maj) against  Steve Ott
07:08BUF Jason Pominville  Interference on goalkeeper against  Carey Price
07:34BUF Jordan Leopold  Boarding against  David Desharnais
07:38MTL David Desharnais  Holding the stick against  Matt Ellis
08:32MTL Alex Galchenyuk  Too many men/ice - bench
11:24BUF John Scott  Roughing against  P.K. Subban
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/62/8
Faceoff Wins3037
Blocked Shots1210
Penalty Minutes2117
3J. LeopoldD00-31222:03
6M. WeberD00-12023:58
8C. McCormickC00-1008:55
9S. OttC0000713:15
10C. EhrhoffD0003226:17
19C. HodgsonC00-34016:28
21D. StaffordR00-13017:53
25M. GrigorenkoC00-13012:54
26T. VanekL1004217:20
29J. PominvilleR00-14220:32
32J. ScottL000025:23
37M. EllisL000309:02
44A. SekeraD000003:37
52A. SulzerD0012021:06
55J. HechtC00-20015:19
57T. MyersD00-30016:56
63T. EnnisC0000217:48
82M. FolignoL01-12216:13
1J. Enroth911.81820:00
30R. Miller1721.81040:00
8B. PrustL0011510:37
14T. PlekanecC0205020:15
17R. BourqueR2005017:45
20C. ArmstrongR0000011:18
21B. GiontaR0101016:06
22T. KaberleD010107:28
26J. GorgesD0000019:05
27A. GalchenyukC0223015:03
32T. MoenL0001011:07
51D. DesharnaisC2014418:07
55F. BouillonD0131014:30
61R. DiazD00-10018:04
72E. ColeL0013018:45
73B. GallagherR1023011:12
74A. EmelinD0020218:28
76P. SubbanD0111218:01
79A. MarkovD0010024:25
81L. EllerC1223217:59
31C. Price3031.96859:45