Sabres Clip Montreal 3-2
Jaroslav Spacek, Nathan Paetsch and Tim Connolly scored for Buffalo who have won 11 of their last 16 games to move into a tie with Philadelphia for the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Sabres took control of the game early when Spacek scored his third of the season just 27 seconds into the game but the Canadiens roared back. Saku Koivu scored on the power play, slipping the puck through Ryan Miller’s legs amidst a tie up around the net.
Nathan Paetsch added one two minutes later to make it 2-1 at intermission.
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Tim Connolly scored unassisted on a break away set up by a bad pass by Mike Komisarek in the third to make it 3-1 but the Sabres had to hang on to win as they were out shot 11-5. Roman Hamrlik cut into the deficit late in the period but Buffalo held onto the win.
Connolly now has 9 goals in his last 9 games.
Buffalo won despite being outshot 37-22 thanks to another workhorse performance by Ryan Miller who improved to 26-13-4 on the season. Miller finished with 35 saves, his sixth 35+ save game in the last eleven starts.
Miller improved to 11-3 in his past 14 games, allowing two or fewer goals 10 times - including a shutout at Phoenix on Saturday, followed by a 5-0 shutout win against Toronto on Wednesday night.
The Sabres get back to back games against the lowly Senators before a big game next Friday night when they host the West’s best team – the San Jose Sharks.
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