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Canadiens 4, Sabres 3, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Canadiens 4, Sabres 3, SO
Montréal Canadiens 4, Buffalo Sabres 3
Three Stars of the Game
David Desharnais
1st
G: 0Shots: 0
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 20:15
Tyler Myers
2nd
Tyler Myers
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 23:01
Robyn Regehr
3rd
Robyn Regehr
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 18:48

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - With the Montreal Canadiens attempting to mount a late-season playoff push, defenseman P.K. Subban didn't have time to reflect on the team's latest victory.

It's a different story for the Buffalo Sabres, whose latest slump has coach Lindy Ruff feeling "embarrassed."

Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais scored shootout goals, and Cary Price stopped both attempts he faced in the Canadiens' 4-3 victory Friday night.

Bouncing back after an 0-1-1 skid, the Canadiens (24-25-10) jumped out of a logjam of three teams with 56 points and alone into 11th place in the Eastern Conference standings. Trouble was, they didn't gain any ground on the two teams now immediately ahead of them - Winnipeg and Washington, who both won Friday night.

"We've got to continue to go here. We don't have time to look at it and reflect," Subban said. "We've got a long way to go."

Subban was solid in playing a game-high 28:48 after the team traded veteran stalwart and assistant captain Hal Gill to Nashville earlier in the day.

Chris Campoli, Scott Gomez and Tomas Kaberle scored in regulation to help the Canadiens win their third straight road game and improve to 5-1-1 in their past seven overall.

Tyler Ennis, Tyler Myers and Robyn Regehr scored for Buffalo. The Sabres, 0-3-1 in their past four, at least salvaged a point after Ennis forced overtime by scoring with 8:05 left in the third period.

That still didn't sit well with Ruff, after being reminded that the Sabres dropped into a tie for last place in the East with Carolina, after the Hurricanes beat San Jose earlier in the evening.

"Obviously, I'm very disappointed, embarrassed," Ruff said. "We've dealt with a lot, but to be where we're at is a big disappointment."

And the Sabres are starting to hear about it from their restless fans. Early into the third period, one fan was overheard yelling, "Fire everybody!"

Despite being outshot 30-19 through overtime, the Canadiens pulled out the victory in the shootout.

After Price stopped Brad Boyes on the opening shootout chance, Pacioretty snapped a shot that dribbled in through goalie Ryan Miller's legs.

Price then got his stick down to stop Jason Pominville's attempt, which led to Desharnais sealing the win. Coming in from the left side, Desharnais drove across the front of the net, before stopping and jamming the puck in on the short side.

"Any way you win it, obviously, those are extra points that we desperately want and need," Canadiens interim coach Randy Cunneyworth said. "I think we deserved it tonight. I'm happy for the boys. It's good to get the reward."

The Canadiens snapped a 0-3-3 skid against the Sabres, and bounced back after losing all three games this season to Buffalo in Montreal.

Blown leads and lack of discipline continued to haunt the Sabres.

A day after squandering a 2-0 first-period lead in a 7-2 loss at Philadelphia, Buffalo twice squandered one-goal first-period leads against Montreal. And the Sabres then fell behind when Campoli scored 11:28 into the second period.

Lack of discipline has also troubled Buffalo. The Canadiens' first two goals both came at the end of power plays.

Kaberle converted Desharnais' feed through the crease to tie the game at 1 a second after Buffalo's Thomas Vanek finished serving a cross-checking penalty. Gomez then tied it at 2 with 14 seconds left in the period, a second before Nathan Gerbe's hooking penalty expired.

Ruff wasn't happy with either penalty, and sat both Vanek and Gerbe for extended stretches.

"Yeah it was a message," Ruff acknowledged. "It's an issue that has to be dealt with."

The Canadiens got production from some unlikely scorers this season as Kaberle, Campoli and even Gomez - the high-priced player who has endured a season-long slump - each scored their second of the season. Gomez's goal came four games after he scored the first of his season, and a few days after he was involved in a shouting match with assistant coach Randy Ladouceur in practice.

NOTES: In exchange for trading Gill to the Predators, Montreal acquired forward Blake Geoffrion, grandson of Canadiens great Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion. Geoffrion was assigned to AHL Hamilton. ... Myers played his 200th career game and, with his goal, registered his 100th career point. ... Canadiens' D Yannick Weber returned after missing four games with a lower body injury. ... Sabres C Derek Roy had an assist on Myers' goal, giving him 257 for his career to move into ninth on the team list, one ahead of Mike Ramsey.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:16
BUF
Robyn Regehr (1) ASST: Paul Gaustad (10), Nathan Gerbe (16)
1 - 0 BUF
11:26
MTL
Tomas Kaberle (2) ASST: David Desharnais (32), Max Pacioretty (21)
1 - 1 Tie
15:43
BUF
Tyler Myers (5) ASST: Ville Leino (12), Derek Roy (18)
2 - 1 BUF
19:46
MTL
PPG - Scott Gomez (2) ASST: Yannick Weber (12), Tomas Plekanec (29)
2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
11:28
MTL
Chris Campoli (2) ASST: Ryan White (1)
3 - 2 MTL
3rd Period
11:55
BUF
Tyler Ennis (5) ASST: Ville Leino (13), Drew Stafford (18)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDBUFMTLTOTAL
1B. Boyes
M. Pacioretty
0 - 1
2J. Pominville
D. Desharnais
0 - 2
penalty summary
1st Period
09:25
BUF
Thomas Vanek  Cross checking against  Chris Campoli
17:47
BUF
Nathan Gerbe  Hooking against  Yannick Weber
2nd Period
02:34
MTL
Yannick Weber  Hooking against  Ville Leino
18:00
BUF
Mike Weber  Roughing against  Scott Gomez
18:00
MTL
Scott Gomez  Roughing against  Mike Weber
3rd Period
07:05
MTL
Scott Gomez  Hooking against  Paul Gaustad
OT Period
04:01
MTL
Max Pacioretty  Tripping against  Mike Weber
goalie stats
Carey Price
SA: 30TOI: 65:00
Saves: 27EV: 22 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .900SH: 1 - 1
Ryan Miller
Ryan Miller
16-17-4
SA: 19TOI: 64:59
Saves: 16EV: 13 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .842SH: 0 - 0