Montréal
Canadiens
44-30-8
Buffalo
Sabres
43-29-10

28 SOG
23 SOG
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MTL
BUF
game recap

Canadiens 2, Sabres 1

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:38 AM

Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Carey Price made 22 saves and Alexandre Picard and Josh Gorges scored to help the Montreal Canadiens beat the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Friday night.

Price, who came in having faced the most shots by any goalie who has played three or fewer games, was rarely tested by a Buffalo team that was blanked by New Jersey on Wednesday night.

Montreal rebounded after blowing a two-goal lead Wednesday night at home in a 4-3 overtime loss to Tampa Bay.

Derek Roy scored and Ryan Miller made 26 saves for the Sabres, who have dropped four straight - all at home - since a season-opening win at Ottawa.

Before Roy's third-period goal, the Sabres hadn't scored since the third period of their loss Monday to Chicago, a streak of 118 minutes, 55 seconds.

After a scoreless first period, Picard gave the Canadiens a 1-0 lead with his first of the season 1:29 into the second. After his slap shot from the left point was blocked by Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta, Picard collected the puck in the lower left circle before sending a pass to the front of the net.

The puck ricocheted in off Buffalo defenseman Chris Butler's skate at the top of the crease.

Montreal grabbed a 2-0 lead with just 1:05 to go in the second when Gorges' one-timer from the right point beat Miller on the glove side.

The power-play goal was Montreal's first this season, snapping an 0-for-11 drought.

The Sabres cut the deficit in half when Roy scored his fifth of the season 3:36 into the third.

NOTES: The game was delayed for about 15 minutes as the Sabres recognized the 40-year anniversary of their first NHL home game with a pregame ceremony that included a re-enactment of the inaugural puck drop in 1970 that featured the Sabres' first captain, Floyd Smith. Former Canadiens captain Jean Beliveau, who was part of the original ceremonial puck drop, wasn't present. Former Canadiens great Henri Richard took Beliveau's place. ... Buffalo D Shaone Morrisonn missed his first game because of a groin injury sustained against New Jersey on Wednesday. Butler replaced him in the lineup. ... Buffalo lost seven straight home games to open the 1993-94 season. ... The Canadiens will play four of their next five at home, while the Sabres will play six of their next seven on the road.

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scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
01:29
MTL
Alexandre Picard (1) Deflected shot - ASST: P.K. Subban (1)
1 - 0 MTL
18:55
MTL
PPG - Josh Gorges (1) Slapshot - ASST: Roman Hamrlik (1), Scott Gomez (1)
2 - 0 MTL
3rd Period
03:26
BUF
Derek Roy (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Thomas Vanek (1), Drew Stafford (3)
2 - 1 MTL
penalty summary
1st Period
10:44
MTL
Benoit Pouliot  Hooking against  Paul Gaustad
13:06
BUF
Paul Gaustad  Hooking against  Benoit Pouliot
2nd Period
06:23
BUF
Tyler Ennis  Interference on goalkeeper against  Carey Price
17:35
BUF
Steve Montador  Roughing against  Jeff Halpern
3rd Period
NONE
goalie stats
Carey Price
SA: 23TOI: 60:00
Saves: 22EV: 21 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .957SH: 1 - 1
Ryan Miller
Ryan Miller
1-3-1
SA: 28TOI: 59:44
Saves: 26EV: 17 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 10
SV%: .929SH: 0 - 0