Nathan Gerbe scored in the second period and added an empty net goal as the Buffalo Sabres shutout the Canadiens 2-0 at the Bell Centre Tuesday night. Ryan Miller faced 31 Canadiens shots en route to the shutout. With the loss the Canadiens again fell three points behind the Boston Bruins in the race for the Northeast Division lead. The Bruins beat New Jersey 4-1 in Boston Tuesday night. The teams go head-to-head Thursday in Boston.
Summing It Up-
….Trot out the cliches. Too many passengers. Too many lost battles. Too many penalties. They all apply to the Canadiens in this game.
….For the most part the Canadiens effort wasn’t there. The Canadiens spent long stretches in their own end which led to penalties which, in turn, broke up any attempt at gaining an upper hand in the game. The Canadiens got five minor penalties to only two for the Sabres.
…..It wasn’t exactly a hard-earned shutout for Ryan Miller. Seldom did the Canadiens establish any presence around him.
…..On the other hand, the score could have been four or five nothing but for the work of Carey Price, especially in the second period. While the shots on goal were close, the quality chances belonged almost entirely to the Sabres.
…..The Canadiens most effective line was Desharnais/White and Pouliot. A team that places it’s hopes on a line that is made of two rookies, has little hope of winning on most nights. Ryan White was especially noticeable.
…..Andre Kostitsyn worked hard in this game, continuing his string of solid games.
…..It’s in vogue to criticize the play of Scott Gomez but, obviously Jacques Martin disagrees. Gomez was the busiest centre in the third period when Martin moved Michael Cammalleri up on the line replacing Moen.
…..Which leads us to Cammalleri. There is something seriously wrong with his game. With first Eller and Kostitsyn for two periods and then with Gomez,he was not the attacking presence we have come to appreciate. He had three shots on goal in the game, mostly unmemorable. In the fifteen games since coming back from his shoulder injury Cammalleri has three goals. Is there an injury or is it just a slump? Clearly there’s something wrong.
….The defense played all right in this game. But too much of the game was spent in the Canadiens end of the ice. Under constant pressure, four of the five Canadiens penalties were called on defensemen.
….Not the way the team would want to start a very tough week. Next up, the Bruins in Boston and then home to Washington. Both were winners Tuesday night. The Canadiens have been in the habit of bouncing back after poor outings. We’ll see.
The Goalscorers – Buffalo – Gerbe (12th) (Myers-Sekera); Gerbe (13th) ENG (unassisted).
Shots on Goal – Buffalo 8-10-6 = 24 Canadiens 12-10-9 = 31
The Three Stars – First – Ryan Miller (shutout-31 saves) Second – Carey Price (stopped 22 of 23 shots) Third – Nathan Gerbe (2 goals – 3 shots – plus 2)
The Standings after Tuesday’s Games –
GP Pts. Next Game
1st -Philadelphia 72 97** vs. Pittsburgh Thursday
2nd –Washington 74 96** – at Ottawa Friday
3rd – Boston 72 90** vs. Canadiens Thursday
4th – Pittsburgh 73 92 at Philadelphia Thursday
5th – Tampa Bay 73 89 vs. Carolina Friday
6th – Canadiens 74 87 at Boston Thursday
7th – NY Rangers 74 84 vs. Florida Tuesday
8th – Buffalo 73 81 vs. Florida Friday
9th – Carolina 73 78 at Tampa Friday
10th-Toronto 74 76 at Colorado Friday
11th-New Jersey 73 72 at Pittsburgh Friday
The Corsi/Fenwick Numbers
|Game Number||Team||Player Number||Goals||Saved shots||Missed Shots||Fenwick+/-||Blocked Shots||Corsi+/-|
|21092||MTL||11 – C – GOMEZ, SCOTT||0||0||10||2||3||5||6||7||1||12|
|21092||MTL||13 – L – CAMMALLERI, MICHAEL||0||0||7||4||2||5||0||2||5||-3|
|21092||MTL||20 – D – WISNIEWSKI, JAMES||0||0||13||5||6||7||7||3||5||5|
|21092||MTL||21 – R – GIONTA, BRIAN||0||0||10||3||3||7||3||7||1||9|
|21092||MTL||22 – D – MARA, PAUL||0||1||4||6||0||6||-9||1||4||-12|
|21092||MTL||31 – G – PRICE, CAREY||0||1||22||15||8||15||-1||10||12||-3|
|21092||MTL||32 – L – MOEN, TRAVIS||0||0||6||3||5||4||4||6||3||7|
|21092||MTL||34 – L – DAWES, NIGEL||0||0||2||1||0||3||-2||0||0||-2|
|21092||MTL||44 – D – HAMRLIK, ROMAN||0||0||11||5||6||6||6||3||4||5|
|21092||MTL||45 – D – PICARD, ALEXANDRE||0||1||4||4||1||5||-5||2||4||-7|
|21092||MTL||46 – L – KOSTITSYN, ANDREI||0||0||4||3||4||3||2||3||6||-1|
|21092||MTL||53 – C – WHITE, RYAN||0||1||6||6||1||1||-1||0||5||-6|
|21092||MTL||57 – L – POULIOT, BENOIT||0||1||6||6||1||1||-1||1||4||-4|
|21092||MTL||58 – C – DESHARNAIS, DAVID||0||1||6||8||1||3||-5||1||5||-9|
|21092||MTL||63 – C – ENGQVIST, ANDREAS||0||0||3||2||0||3||-2||0||0||-2|
|21092||MTL||75 – D – GILL, HAL||0||0||6||6||1||4||-3||5||3||-1|
|21092||MTL||76 – D – SUBBAN, P.K.||0||0||6||6||2||4||-2||6||4||0|
|21092||MTL||81 – C – ELLER, LARS||0||0||3||3||4||4||0||2||6||-4|
|21092||MTL||94 – C – PYATT, TOM||0||0||3||2||0||3||-2||0||0||-2|