Sabres Rout Canadiens 5-1
Derek Roy and Paul Gaustad each scored two goals a piece as Buffalo managed to summon up some much needed offense and cruise past the Canadiens, 5-1.
Roy scored his first – 23rd of the season – on the power play with less than three minutes to go. He added hi second just three minutes into the second. Jaroslav Spacek made it 3-0 later in the period.
The third period was the Paul Gaustad show as he scored twice – one on the power play and one shorthanded as he chased down a loose puck off a bad pass and on a beautiful deke beat Carey Price with a backhand.
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Patrick Lalime played one of his best games of the season as he finally got some help on the other end of the ice to secure his first win since December 13. Lalime made 38 saves but his shutout was spoiled with just over a minute remaining as Thomas Plekanec converted a rebound in front of the net to score Montreal’s only goal of the game.
Lalime was the key to victory as he managed to keep the game scoreless through the majority of the first period during a span in which Buffalo was out shot 16-3.
Despite being out shot 39-27 for the game, Buffalo was able to get their offense back on the right track thanks in part to the return of Thomas Vanek who saw limited time and wore a face shield to avoid aggravating the jaw injury he suffered back on February 7.
The five goals were two more than the Sabres scored in their previous three games, and moved them into a tie with Carolina for ninth place in the Eastern Conference standings in which six teams are battling for the final four playoff spots – separated by just four points.
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