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Sabres Look To Get Important Points Against Rival Canadiens

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Last Game:

Montreal: Mar 17 vs. Islanders Loss(SO) 3-2

Buffalo: Mar 19 at Lightning Win 7-3

Record:

Montreal: 28-32-13

Buffalo: 34-29-10

Points:

Montreal: 69

Buffalo: 78

Rank In Conference:

Montreal: 15th

Buffalo: 9th

Power Play Ranking:

Montreal: 14.8(27th)

Buffalo: 16.3(T-19th)

Penalty Kill Ranking:

Montreal: 89.5(1st)

Buffalo: 81.8(T-16th)

Goals For:

Montreal: 186(T-17th)

Buffalo: 180(24th)

Goals Against:

Montreal: 194(17th)

Buffalo: 201(21st)

Shots For:

Montreal: 2077(20th)

Buffalo: 2113(18th)

Shots Against:

Montreal: 2156(12th)

Buffalo: 2277(27th)

Blocked Shots:

Montreal: 1196(3rd)

Buffalo: 943(20th)

Hits:

Montreal: 1642(16th)

Buffalo: 1351(28th)

Faceoff Percentage:

Montreal: 48.6(24th)

Buffalo: 49.2(20th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Montreal: Pacioretty(30), Cole(27), Bourque(17), Desharnais(16)

Buffalo: Pominville(27), Vanek(23), Hodgson(16), Roy and Stafford(15)

Assists:

Montreal: Desharnais(39), Plekanec(32), Pacioretty and Kaberle(28), Subban(26)

Buffalo: Pominville(39), Vanek(29), Stafford(27), Ehrhoff(26)

Points:

Montreal: Pacioretty(58), Desharnais(55), Cole(52), Plekanec(46)

Buffalo: Pominville(66), Vanek(52), Stafford(42), Roy(39)

Plus/Minus:

Montreal: Gorges(+11), Cole(+9), Desharnais(+8), Subban(+4)

Buffalo: Ennis(+10), Sulzer(+8), Foligno(+5), Stafford(+4)

Penalty Minutes:

Montreal: Staubitz(107), Subban(93), Bourque(56), Pacioretty(54)

Buffalo: Kaleta(114), Weber(58), Roy(50), McCormick(49)

Shots:

Montreal: Pacioretty(252), Cole(209), Plekanec(196), Subban(184)

Buffalo: Pominville(201), Stafford(196), Vanek(185), Roy(153)

Blocked Shots:

Montreal: Gorges(215), Diaz(102), Subban(97), Emelin(82)

Buffalo: Leopold(109), Regehr(93), Sekera(80), Weber(79)

Hits:

Montreal: Emelin(218), Cole(170), Gorges(123), Subban(99)

Buffalo: Regehr(157), Kaleta(129), Weber(117), Stafford(92)

Face-Off Wins:

Montreal: Plekanec(752), Desharnais(595), Eller(279), Gomez(165)

Buffalo: Roy(588), Hodgson(242), Pominville(172), Hecht(136)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:

Montreal: Carey Price 25-26-10 2.43 GAA .916 SV% 4 SO

Buffalo:  Ryan Miller 24-18-5 2.59 GAA .915 SV% 5 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting:  Mar 12 Sabres Won(OT) 3-2

Season Series: Sabres Lead 4-0-1

All-Time: Sabres Lead 115-100-37

All-Time vs. MTL: Sabres Lead 67-34-24

Islanders edge Canadiens in shootout

Anyone who questions the motivation of teams who are playing out the string with virtually no hope of making the postseason often underestimates the power of pride.

Just ask New York Islanders captain Mark Streit.

Josh Bailey’s goal in the sixth round of the shootout gave the Islanders a 3-2 win Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens in a game where the loser would end up in last place in the Eastern Conference.

For Streit, that fact alone is plenty motivating.

“You know, 10 days ago, we were in the race for the eighth playoff spot,” said Streit, who snapped a 17-game goal drought with his 6th of the season in the second period.

“We just gave some games away, we had leads, we were in charge of the games and three times in a row we lost in the last minute or in OT. All of a sudden, you find yourself in the 15th spot in the Eastern Conference. We have a lot of pride here and a lot of character, and we don’t want to finish last.”

The Islanders’ victory allowed them to climb out of the basement and past the Canadiens into 14th place. Both teams are tied with 69 points, but the Islanders hold a game in hand on Montreal.

After Al Montoya stopped Andrei Markov’s slap shot from about 10 feet out, Bailey beat Peter Budaj with a quick shot to the stick side to win the game.

“I just couldn’t make that last save,” said Budaj, whose 36 saves were a season high.

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Sabres cruise to 7-3 win over Bolts

If it appeared at times as if the Buffalo Sabres were playing a team of minor leaguers as they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-3 Monday night, it’s because they basically were.

The Lightning, ripped by injuries to their regulars, sent out a lineup that included seven skaters and a goaltender that had recently graced American Hockey League ice. Despite a valiant effort, the results were predictable.

“That’s what you get,” Lightning coach Guy Boucher said. “The guys tried hard and the American League guys are doing everything they can and our top guys have been pushing for so long, it’s tough to ask for a perfect game. You can’t put guys in slots they have never been and expect that they’ll go out there and play like (Nate) Thompson or (Adam) Hall or (Vincent) Lecavalier.”

But the way the Sabres skated Monday night, it might not have mattered who they were facing. Jason Pominville and Marcus Foligno each got two goals and Cody Hodgson, Thomas Vanek and Tyler Ennis each recorded two assists as Buffalo collected goals from five different skaters and Ryan Miller stopped 23 of 26 shots for his 26th win of the season.

Pominville’s two goals gave him 27 on the season. He leads the Sabres in that category. His first, on the power play at 15:50 of the opening period, came off a give-and-go with Hodgson.

“It was a good give-and-go,” Pominville said. “He put it right in my wheelhouse and I just had to shoot it. We’re slowly getting to where we want to be and what’s nice is to see a lot of guys getting on the score- sheet and be rewarded for their hard work and their play.”

No one is reaping rewards right now for Buffalo more than Foligno. The rookie had his second two-goal game and now has 5 goals and 2 assists in five games since joining Buffalo on March 10.

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This Day In Sabres History:

March 21, 2007 Stafford Scores Twice in Sabres 5-2 victory over Capitals

On this date 5 years ago Drew Stafford scored twice one of them being of a highlight reel variety in the Sabres 5-2 victory of the Sabres. Derek Roy, Clarke MacArthur, and Daniel Briere also recorded goals on the night. Ryan Miller got the win making 24 saves. Washington got goals for Chris Clark and Donald Brashear. Stafford who was a rookie in 2007 finished with 27(13 G, 14 A) Points in 41 Games. Stafford also contributed in the playoffs netting 4 Points(2 G, 2 A) in 10 Playoff Games.

Injury Report:

Montreal: Gionta Right Bicep Surgery(IR/Out), Moen Upper Body(IR/Out), Darche Dizziness/Upper Body(IR/Out), Diaz Lower Body(IR/Out), Kaberle Upper Body(Questionable), Gomez Concussion(Questionable)

Buffalo: Hecht Concussion(IR/Out), Ellis Knee(Out), Gerbe Upper Body(Questionable)

Next 5 Games:

Mar 23 at New York Rangers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Mar 24 vs. Minnesota Wild 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Mar 27 at Washington Capitals 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Mar 30 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

Mar 31 at Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

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