The Buffalo Sabres took advantage of an undisciplined penalty by Scott Gomez in the final minute of regulation to score a power play goal at 1:09 of overtime for a 2-1 victory over the Canadiens.

The game was a struggle for the Canadiens who lost three forwards in the first period through injuries, two of them coming on fouls committed by Sabres players. Michael Cammalleri when he was crosschecked into the boards by Mike Weber, possibly injuring his shoulder. Thirty four seconds later, on the power play, Max Pacioretty took a hard shot on either the left forearm or the midsection from point man James Wisniewski. He collapsed on the ice and eventually was removed to hospital on a stretcher. Then at 6:28, the Sabres Patrick Kaleta boarded Jeff Halpern. Halpern watched most of the rest of the game from the bench with a suspected shoulder injury. The Canadiens were forced to play the rest of the game with three lines.

David Desharnais opened the scoring on a power play in the first period. The Sabres’ Tyler Ennis tied it on a power play of their own in the second period, paving the way for the game winner in overtime.

Buffalo outshot the Canadiens 39-30 in the game. The Canadiens are now 3-0-1 against the Sabres this season.   Eight of the Canadiens last nine games have been settled by one goal. Their record over those games is 7-1-1; bringing them fifteen of a possible eighteen points.

Summing It Up – The Canadiens, only 24 hours after a tough overtime win against the Calgary Flames, were forced to play most of this game with nine forwards. That they managed a point in this game was a tribute to sheer will. This became a game for the grinders and everyone turned into a grinder. Kostitsyn moved up to replace Cammalleri with Plekanec and Eller. Darche replaced Pacioretty with Gomez and Gionta. That left Desharnais to replace Halpern between Pyatt and Moen. And that was it. No fourth line. All the coaching staff could do was roll them. The Gomez line logged 16:47 even strength time together, Plekanec 12:11 and Desharnais 9:35. They all played like muckers and grinders. The standouts on a night like this were Travis Moen and Tom Pyatt. Lars Eller had another good game. The defence was strong. Particularly Jaroslav Spacek and P.K. Subban. And, of course, there was Carey Price who certainly did his part. Who knows if the Gomez penalty cost the Canadiens a point or not, but, swinging a stick at an opponent in the final minute was the height of indiscipline.

All three injuries look serious, which means we could have a boatload of Hamilton Bulldogs arriving in Montreal over the next two days.

The Goalscorers – Buffalo – Ennis (11th) PPG (Vanek-Connolly); Pominville (9th) PPG (Vanek-Ennis). Montreal – Desharnais (2nd) PPG (Hamrlik-Wisniewski)

Shots on Goal – Canadiens 7-12-11-0 = 30 Buffalo 9-16-11-3 = 39

The Corsi/Fenwick Numbers

Game Number Team Player Goals Saved shots Missed Shots Fenwick+/- Blocked Shots Corsi+/-
20683 MTL 6 – D – SPACEK, JAROSLAV 0 0 6 13 1 2 -8 4 8 -12
20683 MTL 11 – C – GOMEZ, SCOTT 0 0 9 9 2 4 -2 6 9 -5
20683 MTL 13 – L – CAMMALLERI, MICHAEL 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
20683 MTL 14 – C – PLEKANEC, TOMAS 0 0 9 14 2 6 -9 5 3 -7
20683 MTL 15 – C – HALPERN, JEFF 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 1
20683 MTL 20 – D – WISNIEWSKI, JAMES 0 0 11 3 0 4 4 2 7 -1
20683 MTL 21 – R – GIONTA, BRIAN 0 0 9 8 2 4 -1 6 9 -4
20683 MTL 31 – G – PRICE, CAREY 0 0 29 28 6 11 -4 12 17 -9
20683 MTL 32 – L – MOEN, TRAVIS 0 0 8 4 2 1 5 0 4 1
20683 MTL 44 – D – HAMRLIK, ROMAN 0 0 12 3 1 3 7 3 5 5
20683 MTL 46 – L – KOSTITSYN, ANDREI 0 0 9 15 2 6 -10 4 4 -10
20683 MTL 52 – L – DARCHE, MATHIEU 0 0 9 5 1 4 1 5 10 -4
20683 MTL 58 – C – DESHARNAIS, DAVID 0 0 10 6 1 1 4 0 4 0
20683 MTL 68 – D – WEBER, YANNICK 0 0 6 11 3 1 -3 3 5 -5
20683 MTL 75 – D – GILL, HAL 0 0 11 14 3 6 -6 6 5 -5
20683 MTL 76 – D – SUBBAN, P.K. 0 0 12 12 4 6 -2 6 4 0
20683 MTL 81 – C – ELLER, LARS 0 0 10 12 2 5 -5 6 3 -2
20683 MTL 94 – C – PYATT, TOM 0 0 9 7 3 1 4 2 4 2