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HAB-IT BREAKER

Saturday, 02.02.2013 / 10:36 PM

Kevin Snow - Sabres.com (@kwsnow)

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HAB-IT BREAKER
Buffalo Sabres 1, Montréal Canadiens 6
Three Stars of the Game
Alex Galchenyuk
1st
Alex Galchenyuk
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 15:03
Rene Bourque
2nd
Rene Bourque
G: 2Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 17:45
Carey Price
3rd
Carey Price
SA: 31TOI: 59:45
GA: 1EV: 22-22
PIM: 0PP: 5-5
SV%: .968SH: 3-4

Montreal 6 – Buffalo 1
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Bell Centre

GAME RECAP
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.

NOTABLE
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.

BEHIND THE NUMBERS
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.

BUFFALO’S RECORD WHEN…
* 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

BUFFALO’S REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
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

SPECIAL TEAMS
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.

UP NEXT
* Sunday vs. Florida, 3 p.m.
* Tuesday @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
* Thursday vs. Montreal, 7 p.m.

scoring summary
1st Period
19:52
MTL
PPG - Rene Bourque (2) ASST: Brian Gionta (2), Tomas Plekanec (2)
1 - 0 MTL
2nd Period
02:03
MTL
Brendan Gallagher (3) ASST: Alex Galchenyuk (5), Francis Bouillon (3)
2 - 0 MTL
10:08
MTL
David Desharnais (1) ASST: Lars Eller (1)
3 - 0 MTL
10:36
MTL
Lars Eller (1) ASST: Alex Galchenyuk (6), Tomas Kaberle (1)
4 - 0 MTL
3rd Period
01:22
MTL
Rene Bourque (3) ASST: Tomas Plekanec (3)
5 - 0 MTL
03:01
BUF
SHG - Thomas Vanek (7) ASST: Marcus Foligno (4)
5 - 1 MTL
12:43
MTL
PPG - David Desharnais (2) ASST: Lars Eller (2), P.K. Subban (1)
6 - 1 MTL
penalty summary
1st Period
01:34
BUF
Tyler Ennis  Tripping against  Brendan Gallagher
02:40
MTL
David Desharnais  Holding against  Matt Ellis
07:12
BUF
Thomas Vanek  Hooking against  Rene Bourque
18:15
BUF
Marcus Foligno  Hooking against  Rene Bourque
2nd Period
02:27
MTL
Alexei Emelin  Tripping against  Thomas Vanek
06:35
BUF
Christian Ehrhoff  Hi-sticking against  Tomas Plekanec
07:43
MTL
P.K. Subban  Hooking against  Cody Hodgson
15:30
MTL
Lars Eller  Tripping against  John Scott
3rd Period
01:23
BUF
Steve Ott  Unsportsmanlike conduct
01:23
BUF
Steve Ott  Fighting (maj) against  Brandon Prust
01:23
MTL
Brandon Prust  Fighting (maj) against  Steve Ott
07:08
BUF
Jason Pominville  Interference on goalkeeper against  Carey Price
07:34
BUF
Jordan Leopold  Boarding against  David Desharnais
07:38
MTL
David Desharnais  Holding the stick against  Matt Ellis
08:32
MTL
Alex Galchenyuk  Too many men/ice - bench
11:24
BUF
John Scott  Roughing against  P.K. Subban
goalie stats
Jhonas Enroth
SA: 11TOI: 20:00
Saves: 9EV: 4 - 5
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .818SH: 1 - 1
Ryan Miller
SA: 21TOI: 40:00
Saves: 17EV: 12 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .810SH: 0 - 0
Carey Price
Carey Price
5-1-0
SA: 31TOI: 59:45
Saves: 30EV: 22 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .968SH: 3 - 4