Four big points
Dale Weise and Brendan Gallagher scored first-period goals and Dustin Tokarski made 29 saves to record his first NHL shutout as the Canadiens completed a four-point weekend.
The game wasn't as exciting as the Saturday night miracle against Ottawa. But a win is a win, and the Canadiens seem back on track.
Done and dusted
Shots were 11-6 Buffalo.
A quiet second period featured the departure of Jhonas Enroth.
The Sabres goaltender was banged up in a collision with onrushing Brendan Gallagher and replaced by Nathan Lieuwen, making his NHL debut.
Canadiens outshot the Sabres 15-9.
The reconfigured forward lines are looking good in Buffalo, as is Dustin Tokarski.
The goaltender stopped Drew Stafford on a breakaway before Dale Weise scored his first goal as a Canadien, deflecting a David Desharnais shot past Jhonas Enroth.
Brendan Gallagher, with his 17th, doubled the Canadiens' lead.
Canadiens outshot the Sabres 11-9.
How will the Canadiens and Sabres top what Carey Price aptly labelled a "gong show"?
They probably won't ... and that's a blessing for the cardio-vascular health of Habs fans.
Fearless prediction: If a team is leading by three goals with less than four minutes to play at the First Niagara Center Sunday night, it will win the game.
The Canadiens are 2-0 against the Sabres this season, winning 3-1 in Buffalo on Nov. 27 and 3-2 at the Bell Centre Dec. 27.
While the Canadiens were mounting their ridiculous comeback against Ottawa, Buffalo was losing 4-1 to the Islanders. The Sabres have the fewest points in the NHL and the league's worst goal differential: minus-68.
Carey Price did not make the trip. Peter Budaj starts.
Puck drops 7:10ish. Check back later for live game blogging.
• I wonder how this will play in the room. P.K. has his own website