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Montreal: Mar 21 at Islanders Win 5-2
Buffalo: Mar 21 vs. Maple Leafs Win(SO) 5-4
Rank In Conference:
Power Play Ranking:
Penalty Kill Ratings:
Montreal: Plekanec(12), B. Gionta(10), Pacioretty, Ryder, Subban, and Gallagher(9), Desharnais(8)
Buffalo: Vanek(14), Hodgson(12), Pominville(10), Ennis(9)
Montreal: Pacioretty(16), Ryder and Markov(15), Subban(13), Eller(12)
Buffalo: Vanek(17), Hodgson(15), Ennis(14), Pominville(13)
Montreal: Pacioretty(25), Ryder(24), Plekanec and Subban(22), Markov(20)
Buffalo: Vanek(31), Hodgson(27), Pominville and Ennis(23), Ott(17)
Montreal: Prust(+13), Gallagher(+10), Galchenyuk(+8), Subban(+7)
Buffalo: Ehrhoff(+6), Vanek, Ott, and Hecht(+4), Sulzer(+3), Pardy and Flynn(+2)
Montreal: Prust(81), White(52), Emelin and R. Bourque(24), Moen(22)
Buffalo: Ott(57), Kaleta(51), Weber and Scott(48), Foligno(28)
Montreal: Pacioretty(93), Plekanec(90), B. Gionta(77), Subban(76)
Buffalo: Vanek(92), Pominville(85), Hodgson and Ennis(80), Stafford(76)
Montreal: Gorges(67), Markov(43), Diaz and Emelin(35), Subban(32)
Buffalo: Ehrhoff(57), Sekera(51), Weber(48), Leopold and Regehr(43)
Montreal: Emelin(94), Prust(62), Bouillon and Eller(53), Moen(51)
Buffalo: Ott(130), Weber(78), Foligno(68), Regehr(52)
Montreal: Plekanec(317), Desharnais(225), Eller(161), White(84)
Buffalo: Hodgson(265), Ott(177), Ennis(120), Hecht(86)
Today Starting Goaltender Matchup:
Montreal: Carey Price 16-4-4 2.34 GAA .912 SV% 2 SO
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 10-13-4 2.99 GAA .908 SV% 0 SO
Last Meeting: Mar 19 Sabres Won(OT) 3-2
Season Series: Sabres Lead 2-1-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 118-107-37
All-Time at MTL: Canadiens Lead 68-42-17
Sabres win six-round shootout against Maple Leafs
Steve Ott’s shootout goal proved to be the difference in a wild game between the Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs at a raucous First Niagara Center on Thursday.
The goal by Ott in the top of the sixth round of the shootout lifted the Sabres over the Maple Leafs 5-4.
Ott came in fast and slipped a backhand in past James Reimer’s left pad. Ryan Miller then stopped Clarke MacArthur to secure the extra point.
“I was excited. Anytime you get a chance to score a goal or to be in a shootout, those are fun games,” Ott said.
Toronto’s Tyler Bozak faked a shot then wristed one over Miller’s blocker in the bottom of the second round to put the Maple Leafs ahead. Drew Stafford kept Buffalo alive with a shot that trickled in off Reimer’s glove.
Nazem Kadri scored twice in regulation and added an assist, and Bozak and Mikhail Grabovski each had a goal for the Maple Leafs. Reimer stopped 32 shots. Kadri nearly put the Leafs ahead in the first round of the shootout, but Miller, sliding back into the net, managed to keep the puck out.
Miller made 30 saves. Tyler Ennis, Marcus Foligno, Jason Pominville and Christian Ehrhoff scored in regulation for the Sabres, who battled back from a 3-1 deficit in the second period. Foligno and Ennis scored before intermission to make it 3-3, and Ehrhoff gave them a lead early in the third.
“That’s character, absolutely,” Ott said. “It’s the process that we’ve continued to stick with in this dressing room for over a month now since [interim coach Ron Rolston’s] come in. We’ve tried to clean up details.”
Buffalo has won back-to-back games and has points in nine of its last 12.
“We’re doing it one at a time. We appreciate winning the last game and it’s a good job coming back tonight. Winning’s fun,” Miller said. “They’re not going to ask how you got it done when it comes down it. We have a job to do and just keep ticking them off one at a time and see where we end up here. I think that’s just the best way to do it.”
Canadiens dominate in third, top struggling Islanders
The Montreal Canadiens are the latest team to take advantage of the New York Islanders’ third-period woes.
Brian Gionta broke a tie 48 seconds into the final period, P.K. Subban and Brendan Gallagher added insurance goals, and the Northeast Division-leading Canadiens defeated the Islanders 5-2 Thursday night at Nassau Coliseum.
Gionta scored his 10th of the season and seventh in his past 11 games by deflecting a perfect shot/pass from David Desharnais behind Montreal native Kevin Poulin, who was playing in the Islanders net for the first time since Feb. 24.
Subban scored his second of the night and Gallagher added his ninth of the season in a 33-second span midway through the third to put the game away for the Canadiens (20-5-5), who are 14-1-4 in their past 19 games. The lone regulation loss was 6-3 to the Islanders on March 5 in their previous trip to Long Island.
“It’s a good feeling to know that when we’re in the middle of a game, we’re able to come out that strong when we need to,” Gallagher said. “It would have been good if we could have done the same thing in the first and second periods, but when the coach puts you on the ice in an important situation in the third, you just want to try and find a way to contribute however you can.
“As a team, we played a great third period,” he added. “I think it was an excellent road game for us.”
The Islanders have allowed 45 goals in the third period of their 30 games this season, by far the most in the NHL. New York surrendered four goals in the third period of a 5-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday and blew a 3-0 lead in the final period at the Florida Panthers on Saturday before scoring the game-winner in a 4-3 victory. The Islanders have been outscored 10-1 in the third period of their past three games.
New York has led or been tied in the third period in 24 of its 30 games but has lost 11 of those (13-8-3).
This Day In Sabres History:
March 23, 1989
Clint Malarchuk is released from the hospital a day after getting his jugular vein in his neck cut by St. Louis Blues Forward Steve Tuttle in a Goal Crease Scrum. A joking Malarchuk at his press conference with his characteristic offbeat humor that doctors had done “a frontal lobotomy through my neck.” He also spoke very seriously about his near-death experience. “I thought I was dying then, I really did. I knew it was my jugular vein and I thought I didn’t have long to live,” he said.
Montreal: R. Bourque Concussion(IR/Out), Diaz Concussion(IR/Out), Weber Knee(IR/Out), Prust Separated Left Shoulder(IR/Out), White Lower Body(Out)
Buffalo: Sulzer Right Knee Surgery(IR/Out), Sekera Upper Body(Questionable), Vanek Lower Body(Probable)
Next 5 Games:
Mar 26 at Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30 PM(MSG HD)
Mar 28 at Florida Panthers 7:30 PM(MSG HD)
Mar 30 vs. Washington Capitals 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Mar 31 vs. Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD/NBCSN HD/TSN HD)
Apr 2 at Pittsburgh Penguins 7:30 PM(NBCSN HD)