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Habs Take Two-Game Skid to Buffalo



After dropping two consecutive games to end their six-game winning streak, the Habs will look to get back on track tonight against the always-dangerous Buffalo Sabres.

The Habs’ lineup will feature some big changes tonight as Carey Price gets the nod in favor of Jaroslav Halak and Mike Cammalleri and Marc Andre Bergeron both return after lengthy times off due to injuries. The latest news from Jacques Martin has the ever-struggling Maxim Lapierre in the press box as a healthy scratch.

The Canadiens were on fire before their losses to Toronto and Ottawa and will need to right the ship if they are to stay in the thick of the last few playoff positions in the Eastern Conference. I predict a 4-1 Habs victory with Cammy scoring a pair and Bergeron blasting one home on the powerplay.

Game 2: Canadiens 2 – Sabres 1 (OT)

Price shuts the doorAnother game, another overtime win and another ugly day on the injury report. Carey Price continued his magic, stopping 34 of 35 shots, including 11 in the third period when the Habs managed only a single shot in 20 minutes.

Blame it on the jitters or a lack of chemistry, but there are definitely some issues that need to be addressed in order to have the team tighten up and the offense to step it up a notch. In the meantime we can thank the stellar play of Price; he is the sole reason we’ve picked up four points already and we’ll need to continue to rely on him as the team finds its groove over the next 10-15 matches.

Awesome

Carey Price picked up right where he left off in Toronto, stopping 34 shots and carrying a faltering Canadiens team to yet another victory.

Travis Moen netted his second goal in as many games (which also translates into a full 2/3 of his goal scoring production last year) with a strong drive to the net that saw himself, Ryan Miller and the puck cross the goal line.

Brian Gionta continues to impress and looked almost spooky when he knocked a crazy bounce off the backboards from a Scott Gomez slapshot out of the air and past Miller for the win.

Awful

Ryan O’Byrne, who had an excellent camp and looked strong in the first games of the regular season suffered an ankle injury and will be out for six weeks.

Glen Metropolit also left the game early last night with a reported upper body injury. No details have emerged yet but you can bet that Habs fans everywhere are feeling the pain where the injured list is concerned.

Bring on the Flames, I’m sure Cammy can’t wait to visit!

Game 75: Sabres 4 – Canadiens 3 (SO)

Alex Kovalev slips one past Ryan MillerThe Habs continue to play much better in very recent games then those from a month ago but still came up short against lowly Buffalo in a 4-3 shootout loss on Saturday night. Alex Kovalev notched another two goals, Chris Higgins potted one of his own and Carey Price made 34 saves during regular play before following up an excellent shootout performance; unfortunately none of the Habs’ five shooters managed to put a puck past Ryan Miller, giving Toni Lydman’s lone goal a spot in the GWG column.

Montreal remains four points up on Buffalo and one point back of the New York Rangers as they continue to hold eighth position in the Eastern Conference. The Habs host Christobal Huet and the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday.

Game 64: Sabres 5 – Canadiens 1

Damn you Carey!Carey Price’s suck streak continued tonight and the boys went back to looking a little sub par as the Buffalo Sabres pummled us 5-1 tonight. The Habs came out with a strong effort for – yup, you guessed it – the first 15 minutes, out-shooting the Sabres 16-3 at one point. Patrick Lalime played a great game for Buffalo with several outstanding saves during the first and he kept the game scoreless long enough for Derek Roy to knock a pair past Price. Unlucky bounces combined with another listless night for Jaroslav Halak’s new backup made for yet another Canadiens thumping.

On the bright side: with Halak as hot as he is we can only hope his play continues long after he recovers from the flu. Price is having a horrible run but he’s a kid with the potential to be our franchise tender for years to come; I want to bash him as much as the next guy but he’s a good goalie having a hard time and we’ll all forget this when he’s hot next month, or next season.

We’re lacking some key parts that Gainey failed to pick up before the deadline today and that shows even now against non-playoff contenders – how will we fare with this type of play in the playoffs?

Here’s hoping for better things in Carolina on Friday.

Opening Weekend

With the Canadiens’ home-opener not taking place until Wednesday, Les Habitants began their season with a quick three-game road trip and split the first two matches between Buffalo on Friday and Toronto on Saturday. They came out of the fray with a 1-0-1 record with seven goals for and only three against, securing an early lead in the Northeast Division heading into Monday’s game in Philadelphia against the Flyers.

The Habs played decently against the Sabres on Friday and Carey Price was stellar throughout the 60 minutes of regulation as they headed into overtime tied 1-1. After a scoreless overtime and a barrage of missed shots by the Canadiens (a problem throughout the game) Price was beaten twice with a backhand over his right pad in the shootout and the Sabres ended up winning the match 2-1, leaving Montreal with one point.

The next night saw the rival Maple Leafs playing host and the Habs made no mistakes, going up 5-0 by the middle of the second period and eventually winning 6-1. Sergei Kostitsyn had two powerplay goals, captain Koivu had three assists and former Halifax Moosehead and off-season acquisition Alex Tanguay netted a goal and added three assists to lead the Habs. Jaroslav Halak took the net against the weak Leafs team and gave a spectacular performance.

We head into Monday’s game in good shape after the disappointing offensive effort in Buffalo and the boys seem to be confident about their game. Expect Price to be back in net as the Canadiens work to repay Philly for last season’s playoff ousting.

April 3 – Buffalo Sabres

The Habs host the Buffalo Sabres at the Bell Centre tonight in their second to last regulation game. With Pittsburgh’s win over the Philadelphia Flyers yesterday, at least one point is a must if the Canadiens hope to stay in contention for first place in the Eastern Conference. Because the Penguins hold the necessary tiebreaker (wins in this case), Les Habitants will have no choice but to beat them in the points column if they wish to become Eastern champions.

The Sabres, on the other hand, are struggling for a playoff spot after posting an impressive 113 points last season. They kept their hopes alive with a win in Toronto the other day but hope is beginning to wear thin.

Expect a tough game between these two teams today – they both have much to lose.

Canadiens 4 – Sabres 3 (OT)

The Habs came back from a 3-1 deficit with only minutes remaining in the third period to tie it up before Chris Higgins launched the overtime winner to give the Canadiens their fourth straight victory.

The Sabres took a 1-0 lead early in the second after a scoreless first period when a rebound off of Carey Price struck Chris Higgins in the shin and ended up in the back of the net. Outshot 16-8 in the second period and 38-29 overall, Montreal finally tied the game with a goal from Alex Kovalev late in the second period.

The third period saw Nathan Paetsch and Daniel Paille score for the Sabres only minutes apart to give Buffalo what looked like a solid 3-1 lead. With a late penalty and only 2:31 left to play in regulation Tomas Plekanec put a slapshot over Ryan Miller to cut the lead to 3-2. The Canadiens contined with the pressure until Plekanec struck again to tie it with only 15 second remaining on the clock and Carey Price sitting on the Habs’ bench.

The overtime period saw both goaltenders make nice saves before Chris Higgins redirected a beautiful pass from Mark Streit to give Montreal a 4-3 overtime victory.

GAME NOTES: The win puts the Habs back on top of the Eastern Conference with one point over Pittsburgh.

Buffalo Sabres – March 28

The Habs begin a three game roadtrip when they are hosted by the Buffalo Sabres tonight. The Canadiens have clinched a playoff spot and are now seeking first place in the Northeast Division and Eastern Conference while the Sabres are struggling to stay in playoff position. With the Penguins’ win over the New York Islanders on Wednesday Montreal sits one point back of them in the East with a game in hand.

The Sabres sit five points back of eighth-place Boston but will face the Bruins twice in the coming 10 days, making the playoffs not a farfetced goal for Buffalo; expect them to come out hard tonight. Montreal has split its season series with the Sabres 3-3 so far this season.

Buffalo Sabres – February 29

The Habs continue their hunt for first spot in the Eastern Conference today with a match against the Sabres in Buffalo, looking for two points to leapfrog the Ottawa Senators. Montreal has had a tough time against Buffalo this season, losing the last three straight and being outscored 11-3 by the American team. Carey Price made one of those starts, a 4-2 loss in November.

The Sabres have been playing well and are coming off of a big 8-4 win over the Nashville Predators that saw new acquisition Steve Bernier score twice and add an assist. Carey Price and the Canadiens made a big third period surge to defeat the Atlanta Thrashers 5-1 on Tuesday night and the hot young goalie is looking to prove himself again in his new number one role with the Habs.

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