Pacioretty's 100th goal, Price's shutout lift Canadiens

NHL.com | Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 11:24 PM

MONTREAL (NHL.com) - Max Pacioretty's 100th NHL goal broke a scoreless tie at 10:53 of the third period and helped the Montreal Canadiens to a 2-0 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday.

Goaltender Carey Price made 24 saves for his fifth shutout of the season, 24th of his career, for the Canadiens (41-26-7), who have won three in a row and six of their past seven to move past the Tampa Bay Lightning into second place in the Atlantic Division.

Matt Hackett kept the Sabres (20-44-8) in the game by making 33 saves, including the first 31 he faced, but could not prevent Buffalo's 10th loss in its past 12 games.

Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers returned from a five-game absence caused by an elbow injury. He left the game at 6:15 of the third period after crashing into the goal post on a 2-on-1 break, but quickly returned.

Daniel Briere scored with 3:06 remaining on a power play for the Canadiens.

Montreal began its run with a historic comeback against the Ottawa Senators on March 15, scoring three times in the final 3:22 of regulation and at 1:26 of overtime to win 5-4.

Since then, the Canadiens have outscored their opponents 18-10 in winning five of six games, strengthening their placement in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Pacioretty's goal came in his 311th NHL game.

Coming off a 2-1 shootout victory Monday on the road against the Boston Bruins, the Canadiens had to guard against a letdown versus the last-place Sabres.

Through the first half of the game, the Sabres were skating with the Canadiens, leading 15-14 in shots on goal when Buffalo forward Matt D'Agostini was called for holding and unsportsmanlike conduct at 6:10 of the second period.

The Sabres were outshot by the Canadiens 21-9 from that point.

Pacioretty scored on a nice setup from Thomas Vanek, tapping in a pass that bounced off Hackett and in for his 32nd goal of the season.

Briere made it 2-0 when he fished a puck out of a crowd at the faceoff circle and put a wrist shot under the crossbar.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
2nd Period
3rd Period
10:53MTL Max Pacioretty (32) ASST: Thomas Vanek (34), David Desharnais (32) 1 - 0 MTL
16:54MTL PPG - Daniel Briere (13) ASST: Rene Bourque (6) 2 - 0 MTL
Three Stars of the Game
Carey Price
Carey Price
SA: 24TOI: 59:36
GA: 0EV: 15-15
PIM: 0PP: 6-6
SV%: 1.000SH: 3-3
Thomas Vanek
Thomas Vanek
G: 0Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 19:27
Matt Hackett
Matt Hackett
SA: 35TOI: 58:59
GA: 2EV: 28-29
PIM: 0PP: 5-6
SV%: .943SH: 0-0
Penalty Summary
1st Period
06:29MTL P.K. Subban  Hi-sticking against  Matt D'Agostini
2nd Period
00:58BUF Drew Stafford  Hooking against  Jarred Tinordi
06:10BUF Matt D'Agostini  Holding against  Thomas Vanek
06:10BUF Matt D'Agostini  Unsportsmanlike conduct
19:47BUF Mike Weber  Hi-sticking against  Brian Gionta
3rd Period
04:19BUF Jamie McBain  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
08:16MTL Douglas Murray  Hooking against  Ville Leino
15:05BUF Cory Conacher  Hi-sticking against  Alexei Emelin
18:59MTL P.K. Subban  Tripping against  Torrey Mitchell
20:00MTL Andrei Markov  Roughing against  Tyler Ennis
20:00BUF Tyler Ennis  Slashing against  Andrei Markov
20:00BUF Tyler Ennis  Misconduct (10 min)
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/31/6
Faceoff Wins2235
Blocked Shots1916
Penalty Minutes248
4J. McBainD0002220:09
5C. RuhwedelD0001019:17
6M. WeberD00-10216:43
10C. EhrhoffD0004025:08
17T. MitchellC0002015:42
19C. HodgsonC0002015:09
20H. TallinderD00-11017:39
21D. StaffordR00-10219:57
23V. LeinoL0001012:01
27M. D'AgostiniR0004413:34
32J. ScottL000108:23
37M. EllisL0002010:16
44N. DeslauriersL0000012:23
57T. MyersD0001019:28
63T. EnnisC00-121216:56
65B. FlynnC0000016:40
82M. FolignoL00-10016:19
88C. ConacherC0001213:28
31M. Hackett3335.94358:59
6D. MurrayD0002210:13
11B. GallagherR0002015:37
14T. PlekanecC0002020:10
17R. BourqueR0100011:48
20T. VanekL0114019:27
21B. GiontaR0004014:32
24J. TinordiD0001018:53
27A. GalchenyukC0002015:59
43M. WeaverD0002017:08
48D. BriereC1002011:12
49M. BournivalL000109:25
51D. DesharnaisC0110017:38
53R. WhiteC0003010:13
67M. PaciorettyL1013018:53
74A. EmelinD0003023:08
76P. SubbanD0014427:14
79A. MarkovD0010223:46
81L. EllerC0000010:07
31C. Price24241.00059:36