Montreal 5, Buffalo 1

Thursday, April 11, 2013 7:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Montreal 26-9-3-2 13-5-3-0 13-4-0-2 W1
Buffalo 16-19-2-4 8-8-2-1 8-11-0-3 L2


Canadiens 5, Sabres 1: Defensemen Andrei Markov and P.K. Subban each had a goal and an assist as visiting Montreal secured a playoff spot.

Rene Bourque and rookies Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher also scored while Peter Budaj made 14 saves as the Canadiens leapfrogged Boston to move into first place in the Northeast Division with their sixth win in eight games.

Brian Flynn's short-handed goal in the third period provided the only offense in a lackluster performance by Buffalo, which was outshot 42-15 and lost its second straight to remain six points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Bourque was credited with the opening goal at 6:43 of the first period, when captain Brian Gionta's shot on a 3-on-1 rush deflected off his skate and past Ryan Miller (28 saves). Galchenyuk doubled the lead less than four minutes later with his third goal in four games, tucking the puck behind Miller off the first of Michael Ryder's two assists.

Montreal dominated the middle session and continued to add to its lead. Gallagher collected a puck just to the side of the net and curled around Miller to sweep the it home at 4:36 before Markov made it 4-0 on the power play with a slap shot that was deflected in front and floated over a prone Miller. 

GAME NOTEBOOK: Canadiens C Jeff Halpern, who was picked up off waivers on March 23, played in his 900th career game. ... Miller was replaced by G Jhonas Enroth to open the third period. Enroth stopped nine of 10 shots. ... Galchenyuk's tally gave him three goals and three assists during a five-game point streak.

Top Game Performances

Montreal   Buffalo
Andrei Markov 2 Points Brian Flynn 1
Andrei Markov 1 Goals Brian Flynn 1
Max Pacioretty 2 Assists Kevin Porter 1
Andrei Markov 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals Brian Flynn 1
Peter Budaj .933 Save Percentage Jhonas Enroth .900
Peter Budaj 14 Saves Ryan Miller 28

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Montreal 42 5 2-8 2-2 16 33
Buffalo 15 1 0-2 6-8 26 24

Upcoming Games

  • Buffalo will play its next game at home against Philadelphia. The Sabres have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .292 after a loss.
  • Montreal will play its next game on the road against Toronto. The Canadiens have a W/L % of .600 after a win and .786 after a loss.
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