After beating the Bruins 2-1 in a shootout Monday night in Boston, the Canadiens didn’t have a morning skate Tuesday and there was no media availability before their game against the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday night at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
Carey Price will be in goal for the Canadiens against the Sabres after Peter Budaj earned the victory in Boston by making 28 saves and stopping all four shooters in the shootout. Budaj improved his lifetime record against the Bruins to 5-2 and he is 5-0 in Boston.
Travis Moen and Dale Weise, both injured during the Boston game, are doubtful to face the Sabres, meaning Ryan White, George Parros and Lars Eller would be possible replacements.
“It’s fun to play here,” Budaj told reporters after the game in Boston. “There’s no secret to my success. The atmosphere is good and I just try to stop every puck.”
Said Brendan Gallagher: “(Budaj) was obviously awesome for us. There were stretches where they pinned us in and they had a lot of momentum and he was making save after save. Sitting on the bench, you’d turn to the guy next to you and say: ‘How did he do that?’ But we knew he had that in him and we had confidence playing in front of him.”
Alex Galchenyuk, who had been 0-for-6 in shootouts, ended his slump by scoring the winning goal.
“I thought if I didn’t score, I’d never get another chance,” he said after the game.
The Canadiens snapped the Bruins’ 12-game winning streak and are tied with the Tampa Bay Lightning with 87 points. The Lightning, who lost 4-3 to the Ottawa Senators in a shootout Monday night, hold down second place in the Atlantic Division because they have played one less game than the Canadiens.
Tuesday’s game will be the fourth and final meeting between the Canadiens and Sabres this season. Montreal won the first three games by a combined score of 8-3.
After Tuesday’s game the Canadiens hit the road for four games with stops in Detroit Thursday, Florida Saturday, Tampa Bay next Tuesday and Ottawa next Friday.
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