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Sabres 3, Canadiens 1

Wednesday, 09.21.2011 / 10:14 PM

Associated Press

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Sabres 3, Canadiens 1
Buffalo Sabres 3, Montréal Canadiens 1

MONTREAL (AP) - Christian Ehrhoff had a goal and an assist to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 3-1 preseason victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night.

Jason Pominville opened the scoring 15:31 in when he finished off a centering pass from Ehrhoff, who made his Sabres debut. Ehrhoff restored Buffalo's one-goal lead 6:07 into the third when he snapped a shot past Robert Mayer to make it 2-1.

"He's got a really good shot," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "I thought probably again tonight there were some opportunities we passed up, we passed some plays around, but you don't usually have to tell him to shoot. He's a shooter and he can sling it with a wrist shot and he can hit it pretty hard with a slap shot."

Tyler Ennis got an empty-net goal in the final seconds.

Ryan Miller stopped all 11 shots he faced in his first preseason start. Jhonas Enroth made 12 saves in relief for his second straight win.

P.K. Subban scored a power-play goal for Montreal late in the second.

Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty played for the first time since he suffered a broken vertebra on a devastating hit by Boston's Zdeno Chara on March 8.

"It's such a good feeling just to be out there again," said Pacioretty, who was given a big cheer when he stepped on the ice for his first shift. "No big hits given or received but the bumps are I think what's really going to make my neck react so we'll see how it feels tomorrow."

scoring summary
1st Period
15:31
BUF
Jason Pominville (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Christian Ehrhoff (1), Derek Roy (1)
1 - 0 BUF
2nd Period
18:36
MTL
PPG - P.K. Subban (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Nathan Beaulieu (1), Brendan Gallagher (1)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
06:07
BUF
Christian Ehrhoff (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Marc-Andre Gragnani (1), Thomas Vanek (1)
2 - 1 BUF
19:57
BUF
EN - Tyler Ennis (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Ville Leino (1)
3 - 1 BUF
penalty summary
1st Period
05:54
MTL
P.K. Subban  Roughing  - 2 min against  Ville Leino
12:13
BUF
Matt Ellis  Boarding  - 2 min against  Mathieu Darche
17:06
BUF
Marcus Foligno  Holding  - 2 min against  Mathieu Darche
2nd Period
00:50
BUF
Luke Adam  Hooking  - 2 min against  P.K. Subban
03:29
MTL
Jaroslav Spacek  Hooking  - 2 min against  Thomas Vanek
07:04
MTL
Hunter Bishop  Holding the stick  - 2 min against  Tyler Myers
10:01
BUF
Robyn Regehr  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Alexander Avtsin
17:48
BUF
Luke Adam  Hooking  - 2 min against  Josh Gorges
3rd Period
10:00
BUF
Zack Kassian  Boarding  - 2 min against  Aaron Palushaj
goalie stats
Jhonas Enroth
SA: 13TOI: 27:07
GA: 1SV%: .923
Ryan Miller
SA: 11TOI: 32:46
GA: 0SV%: 1.000
Peter Budaj
Peter Budaj
SA: 15TOI: 29:57
GA: 1SV%: .933
Robert Mayer
Robert Mayer
SA: 9TOI: 28:57
GA: 1SV%: .889