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

Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 11:24 PM

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Pacioretty's 100th goal, Price's shutout lift Canadiens
Buffalo Sabres 0, Montréal Canadiens 2
Three Stars of the Game
Carey Price
1st
SA: 24TOI: 59:36
GA: 0EV: 15-15
PIM: 0PP: 6-6
SV%: 1.000SH: 3-3
Thomas Vanek
2nd
Thomas Vanek
LW
G: 0Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 19:27
Matt Hackett
3rd
Matt Hackett
SA: 35TOI: 58:59
GA: 2EV: 28-29
PIM: 0PP: 5-6
SV%: .943SH: 0-0

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
NONE
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
10:53
MTL
Max Pacioretty (32) Wrist shot - ASST: Thomas Vanek (34), David Desharnais (32)
1 - 0 MTL
16:54
MTL
PPG - Daniel Briere (13) Wrist shot - ASST: Rene Bourque (6)
2 - 0 MTL
penalty summary
1st Period
06:29
MTL
P.K. Subban  Hi-sticking against  Matt D'Agostini
2nd Period
00:58
BUF
Drew Stafford  Hooking against  Jarred Tinordi
06:10
BUF
Matt D'Agostini  Holding against  Thomas Vanek
06:10
BUF
Matt D'Agostini  Unsportsmanlike conduct
19:47
BUF
Mike Weber  Hi-sticking against  Brian Gionta
3rd Period
04:19
BUF
Jamie McBain  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
08:16
MTL
Douglas Murray  Hooking against  Ville Leino
15:05
BUF
Cory Conacher  Hi-sticking against  Alexei Emelin
18:59
MTL
P.K. Subban  Tripping against  Torrey Mitchell
20:00
MTL
Andrei Markov  Roughing against  Tyler Ennis
20:00
BUF
Tyler Ennis  Slashing against  Andrei Markov
20:00
BUF
Tyler Ennis  Misconduct (10 min)
goalie stats
Matt Hackett
Matt Hackett
1-1-0
SA: 35TOI: 58:59
Saves: 33EV: 28 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .943SH: 0 - 0
Carey Price
SA: 24TOI: 59:36
Saves: 24EV: 15 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: 1.000SH: 3 - 3