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Sabres 5, Canadiens 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

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Sabres 5, Canadiens 3
Buffalo Sabres 5, Montréal Canadiens 3

MONTREAL (AP) - Luke Adam had two goals to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 5-3 preseason win over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.

Tim Connolly, Thomas Vanek and Drew Schiestel also scored for Buffalo (3-1), and Tyler Myers had two assists. Jhonas Enroth stopped 28 shots.

Mathieu Darche and Ryan O'Byrne scored early in the second for Montreal (3-3), briefly tying it at 2. Tom Pyatt had the Canadiens' final goal midway through the third, and Alex Auld made 32 saves.

The teams combined for five goals in a span of 7:30 in the first half of the second period. Adams scored 1:41 in before Buffalo quickly blew a 2-0 lead.

Connolly put the Sabres ahead once again at 7:50 when he snapped a shot into the top right corner on a 5-on-3 to make it 3-2. Adam, who scored his first goal unassisted on a wraparound, then gave Buffalo a two-goal lead for the second time with his second tally of the period at 9:11.

Schiestel made it 5-2 with another power-play goal 7:22 into the third.

Andrei Kostitsyn came close to making it a one-goal game later in the final period. Referee Eric Furlatt immediately waved off the goal, ruling that the Canadiens right wing had directed the puck into the net off his skate.

Vanek opened the scoring with a power-play goal 4:38 in. Auld stopped Myers' point shot but Vanek spun away from O'Byrne in the goalmouth to put the rebound into an open right side.

Darche cut it to 2-1 just 15 seconds after Adam's first goal with an unassisted tally off a turnover behind the Sabres' net.

O'Byrne got credit for tying it at 2 moments later. The Montreal defenseman's shot from the right side deflected off defenseman Steve Montdor's stick and past Enroth at 3:20.

Montreal plays its final preseason game Saturday night against the New York Islanders in Quebec City.

Buffalo wraps up its exhibition schedule with a pair of games against Philadelphia on Friday and Sunday.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:38
BUF
PPG - Thomas Vanek (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Tyler Myers (1), Derek Roy (1)
1 - 0 BUF
2nd Period
01:41
BUF
Luke Adam (1) Wrap-around - ASST: NONE
2 - 0 BUF
01:56
MTL
Mathieu Darche (1) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
2 - 1 BUF
03:20
MTL
Ryan O'Byrne (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Scott Gomez (1), Alexandre Picard (1)
2 - 2 Tie
07:50
BUF
PPG - Tim Connolly (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Mark Mancari (1), Tyler Myers (2)
3 - 2 BUF
09:11
BUF
Luke Adam (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Ellis (1), Paul Byron (1)
4 - 2 BUF
3rd Period
07:22
BUF
PPG - Drew Schiestel (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Jason Pominville (1)
5 - 2 BUF
09:47
MTL
Tom Pyatt (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Jaroslav Spacek (1)
5 - 3 BUF
penalty summary
1st Period
03:32
MTL
Jaroslav Spacek  Tripping  - 2 min against  Thomas Vanek
06:10
BUF
Mark Parrish  Interference  - 2 min against  Maxim Lapierre
10:11
BUF
Tyler Myers  Holding  - 2 min against  Maxim Lapierre
10:49
BUF
Steve Montador  Elbowing  - 2 min against  P.K. Subban
14:39
MTL
Ryan O'Byrne  Cross checking  - 2 min against  Jochen Hecht
17:44
BUF
Tyler Myers  Slashing  - 2 min against  Brian Gionta
2nd Period
05:52
MTL
Ryan O'Byrne  Delaying Game-Puck over glass  - 2 min
06:52
MTL
P.K. Subban  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Derek Roy
10:02
MTL
P.K. Subban  Hooking  - 2 min against  Luke Adam
15:31
BUF
Paul Byron  Slashing  - 2 min against  Jeff Halpern
18:15
MTL
Ben Maxwell  Hooking  - 2 min against  Tim Connolly
3rd Period
02:06
MTL
Maxim Lapierre  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Mike Weber
02:06
BUF
Mike Weber  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Maxim Lapierre
05:54
MTL
Ben Maxwell  Hooking  - 2 min against  Chris Butler
15:52
MTL
Jeff Halpern  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Patrick Kaleta
19:44
BUF
Steve Montador  Slashing  - 2 min against  Benoit Pouliot
goalie stats
Jhonas Enroth
SA: 31TOI: 59:24
GA: 3SV%: .903
Alex Auld
Alex Auld
SA: 37TOI: 58:56
GA: 5SV%: .865