Each win moves the Canadiens closer to clinching a playoff spot.
This one didn't come easy.
Buffalo goaltender Matt Hackett was spectacular under a 35-shot bombardment, and it was almost 12 minutes into the third period when the Canadiens finally solved him.
Max Pacioretty scored his 32nd of the season and 100th of his career off a feed from Thomas Vanek.
Daniel Brière added an insurance goal on a Canadiens power play.
Carey Price made 24 saves for his fifth shutout of the season.
Max scores 100th
Max Pacioretty got the winner with his 32nd of the season and 100th of his career.
Daniel Brière added a power-play goal.
Canadiens outshot the Sabres 35-24.
Carey Price's shutout earned him the First Star.
Of the Canadiens' 12 shots in the second period, none were recorded during a four-minute power play.
They'll be on the PP again to start the third.
The Sabres had five SoG.
The excitement level must have been seized at Customs when the Canadiens returned from Boston.
Shots were 11-10 Buffalo.
Carey Price made good stops on Matt D'Agostini and Torrey Mitchell.
The new fourth line – Lars Eller, Michäel Bournival and Ryan White – was the Canadiens' best.
Less than 24 hours after an emotional win in Boston, the Canadiens return to the Bell Cntre to face the worst team in the NHL.
How bad are the Buffalo Sabres?
They have 11 fewer points than the Edmonton Oilers.
Their goal differential is a league-worst minus-72.
That's really bad.
The Sabres have won a league-low eight road games this season.
That's beyond bad.
The Canadiens will be going for a season sweep of their four games against Buffalo.
Why, apart from pathological pessimism, do I have the sneaking suspicion this will not be an easy W?
Lars Eller and Ryan White are in for the injured Travis Moen and Dale Weise. Jarred Tinordi draws in for Frankie Boo.
Puck drops 7:40ish.
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