Tokarski's first shutout helps Canadiens top Sabres

BUFFALO (CP) -- Dustin Tokarski made the most of a rare start Sunday night.

Appearing in his 10th NHL game, Tokarski made 29 saves and earned his first shutout in the Montreal Canadiens' 2-0 victory against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center.

Tokarski got the start after No. 1 goalie Carey Price stayed back in Montreal following a 5-4 overtime win against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.

Dale Weise got the Canadiens on the board at 14:41 of the first period with his fourth goal of the season. David Desharnais batted the puck towards the Buffalo goal, where it deflected off Weise's skate and past Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth. The play was reviewed to see if Weise kicked the puck in intentionally, but video review deemed he did not.

Brendan Gallagher made it 2-0 with his 17th goal of the season at 16:07 of the first. Tomas Plekanec fired a snap shot from the faceoff circle to the left of Enroth, which Gallagher tipped. The puck caromed off Sabres defenseman Chad Ruhwedel and into the net.

Enroth's night came to an end in the second period when he sustained a lower-body injury. Enroth was hurt when Gallagher and Sabres defenseman Jamie McBain crashed into him. Enroth was helped off the ice by the Sabres' trainer and was replaced by rookie goalie Nathan Lieuwen.

Lieuwen was recalled by the Sabres on an emergency basis on Sunday afternoon to replace Michal Neuvirth, who sustained a lower-body injury during a 4-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday. It was Lieuwen's first appearance in the NHL.

Lieuwen finished the game with 10 saves.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
14:41MTL Dale Weise (4) ASST: Alex Galchenyuk (15), David Desharnais (28) 1 - 0 MTL
16:07MTL Brendan Gallagher (17) ASST: Tomas Plekanec (19), Alexei Emelin (8) 2 - 0 MTL
2nd Period
3rd Period
Three Stars of the Game
Dustin Tokarski
Dustin Tokarski
SA: 29TOI: 60:00
GA: 0EV: 26-26
PIM: 0PP: 3-3
SV%: 1.000SH: 0-0
Brendan Gallagher
Brendan Gallagher
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 14:19
Alexei Emelin
Alexei Emelin
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 18:47
Penalty Summary
1st Period
01:20BUF Jamie McBain  Hi-sticking against  Tomas Plekanec
10:27BUF Tyler Ennis  Tripping against  Andrei Markov
11:58MTL P.K. Subban  Tripping against  Matt D'Agostini
2nd Period
02:12BUF Nicolas Deslauriers  Hi-sticking against  Mike Weaver
3rd Period
11:09BUF Cory Conacher  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Brandon Prust
11:09MTL Brandon Prust  Roughing against  Cory Conacher
19:35MTL P.K. Subban  Tripping against  Matt D'Agostini
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/30/2
Faceoff Wins2427
Blocked Shots119
Penalty Minutes68
8B. PrustL0002212:08
11B. GallagherR1014014:19
14T. PlekanecC0112017:18
20T. VanekL0006016:32
21B. GiontaR0003014:43
22D. WeiseR1011011:03
24J. TinordiD0000013:55
27A. GalchenyukC0111013:24
32T. MoenL0001012:21
43M. WeaverD0000014:38
48D. BriereC0011015:41
51D. DesharnaisC0110016:05
55F. BouillonD0011023:05
67M. PaciorettyL0002016:47
74A. EmelinD0122018:47
76P. SubbanD0001426:41
79A. MarkovD0013023:00
81L. EllerC0002015:08
35D. Tokarski29291.00060:00
4J. McBainD0000220:16
5C. RuhwedelD00-13018:05
6M. WeberD0000018:16
10C. EhrhoffD00-11025:39
19C. HodgsonC0002018:09
20H. TallinderD00-11017:57
21D. StaffordR00-15022:24
23V. LeinoL00-11012:45
24Z. KonopkaC000008:22
27M. D'AgostiniR00-13015:04
32J. ScottL000005:51
37M. EllisL000205:55
44N. DeslauriersL00-12213:19
55R. RistolainenD00-11020:28
63T. EnnisC00-15221:42
65B. FlynnC0001017:20
82M. FolignoL0000018:30
88C. ConacherC00-12214:04
1J. Enroth2022.90936:09
50N. Lieuwen10101.00021:45