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Montreal: Mar 10 at Canucks Win 4-1
Buffalo: Mar 10 at Senators Win(SO) 4-3
Rank In Conference:
Power Play Ranking:
Penalty Kill Ranking:
Montreal: Pacioretty(30), Cole(25), Bourque(17), Eller(15)
Buffalo: Pominville(25), Vanek(23), Hodgson(16), Roy(14)
Montreal: Desharnais(38), Plekanec(32), Kaberle(28), Pacioretty(26)
Buffalo: Pominville(37), Vanek(27), Ehrhoff(25), Roy(23)
Montreal: Pacioretty(56), Desharnais(52), Cole(49), Plekanec(45)
Buffalo: Pominville(62), Vanek(50), Roy(37), Hodgson and Stafford(33)
Montreal: Cole and Desharnais(+9), Gorges(+8), St-Denis, Subban, and LeBlanc(+1), Pacioretty, A. Markov, and Geoffrion(EV)
Buffalo: Sulzer(+9), Hodgson(+7), Gerbe(+3), Ennis(+2)
Montreal: B. Staubitz(102), Subban(84), Bourque(56), Pacioretty(50)
Buffalo: Kaleta(110), Weber(53), McCormick(49), Vanek and Roy(48)
Montreal: Pacioretty(237), Cole(199), Plekanec(186), Subban(176)
Buffalo: Pominville(188), Stafford(181), Vanek(176), Roy(142)
Montreal: Gorges(196), Diaz(102), Subban(94), Emelin(78)
Buffalo: Leopold(101), Regehr(90), Sekera(79), Weber and Ehrhoff(72)
Montreal: Emelin(211), Cole(165), Gorges(112), Subban(93)
Buffalo: Regehr(151), Kaleta(116), Weber(106), Stafford(85)
Montreal: Plekanec(697), Desharnais(553), Eller(275), Gomez(157)
Buffalo: Roy(541), Hodgson(220), Pominville(168), Hecht(136)
Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:
Montreal: Carey Price 24-26-9 2.45 GAA .915 SV% 4 SO
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 24-18-5 2.59 GAA .915 SV% 5 SO
Last Meeting: Feb 17 Canadiens Won(SO) 4-3
Season Series: Sabres Lead 3-0-1
All-Time: Sabres Lead 114-100-37
All-Time vs. MTL: Sabres Lead 66-34-24
Canadiens whip slumping Canucks 4-1
The Montreal Canadiens haven’t had much to celebrate this season, but they found plenty of positive storylines during a 4-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Saturday night.
Erik Cole scored twice, including the go-ahead goal 13 seconds into the third period, despite being without injured top-line center David Desharnais.
Carey Price stopped all 15 shots in the first period and 32 overall while playing in front of a large contingent of family and friends in his home province.
Blake Geoffrion, a fourth-generation Canadien, scored his first goal for a team his grandfather and great grandfather starred for during Hall of Fame careers.
No storyline was bigger, however, than the return of Montreal’s top defenseman Andrei Markov after missing almost 16 months with a serious knee injury. And that was before the game. It only got better when the veteran Russian slid the puck across to P.K. Subban for a key 5-on-3 goal 5:20 into the third period.
“It was a big boost to the morale,” said a beaming Price. “He’s a first-class player and he moves the puck so well. When we’re breaking the puck out, he just has the confidence with it and it makes a big difference. He’s pretty irreplaceable.”
Sabres top Senators 4-3 in shootout
Just as they’ve been doing in the race for a playoff berth, the Buffalo Sabres spent Saturday night playing catch-up.
Happily for the Sabres’ playoff hopes, they caught — and passed — the Ottawa Senators.
Tyler Ennis scored in regulation and got the winner in the shootout as the Sabres gave their playoff chances a boost with a 4-3 victory at Scotiabank Place.
“I think it shows a lot of character from our team that we were able to battle back,” Ennis said. “Now we just gotta move forward.”
After Ottawa’s Daniel Alfredsson scored in the first half of the third round to tie the shootout, Ennis came in on Ben Bishop, deked once and snapped a forehand past him to give the Sabres a victory after they overcame three one-goal deficits to get the game past 60 minutes.
The win gave the Sabres 72 points, the same as ninth-place Winnipeg — both teams trail eighth-place Washington by two points, though the Caps have a game in hand on both teams.
The single point gave the seventh-place Senators 81, two behind sixth-place New Jersey.
“We’ll take what we can get tonight,” coach Paul MacLean said. “We worked real hard; we got a point. We’ll move on.”
Nathan Gerbe and Marcus Foligno also had goals for Buffalo, while Erik Karlsson scored twice and Erik Condra once for the Senators, who led three times but couldn’t put away the visitors.
“We played well in the third,” Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. “We had a little trouble in the second, but we came back to our game and capitalized on our opportunities. I like what the lines did. I thought Ville (Leino) had a heck of a game up there with (Cody) Hodgson and (Jason) Pominville.”
This Day In Sabres History:
March 12, 2006 Vanek Scores Twice in Sabres 6-2 Beatdown of Rival Bruins
On This Day 6 years ago Thomas Vanek scored twice to lead the Sabres to a 6-2 victory over the Boston Bruins. Sabres also got goals from Derek Roy, Maxim Afinogenov, Ales Kotalik, and Tim Connolly. Bruins got tallies from Andrew Alberts and current Sabres Brad Boyes. Martin Biron made 37 Saves on the night.
Montreal: Gionta Right Biceps Injury(IR/Out), Blunden Knee Surgery(IR/Out), Moen Upper Body(IR/Out), Darche Dizziness/Upper Body(IR/Out), Diaz Lower Body(IR/Out), Desharnais Lower Body(Questionable)
Buffalo: Hecht Concussion(IR/Out), Vanek Upper Body(Doubtful), Kaleta Neck(Questionable), McCormick Upper Body(Questionable), Sekera Flu(Questionable)
Next 5 Games:
Mar 14 vs. Colorado Avalanche 7:30 PM(NBCS HD)
Mar 17 at Florida Panthers 7:30 PM(MSG HD)
Mar 19 at Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30 PM(MSG HD)
Mar 21 vs. Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Mar 23 at New York Rangers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)