Habs goalie Jaro Halak foils Buffalo’s Raffi Torres with Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov helping out.
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Boone: About last night …
PAT HICKEY The Gazette
The Canadiens received some outstanding goaltending from an expected source. And they received some scoring from some unexpected sources.
The result was a 3-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres Saturday night to move the Canadiens one step closer to a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Jaroslav Halak provided the goaltending as he made 29 saves for his second consecutive shutout. Halak, who extended his shutout streak to 144 minutes and one second, made 35 saves Friday night as the Canadiens beat the Flyers 1-0 in Philadelphia.
The Canadiens’ goals were supplied by Ryan O’Bryne, Tom Pyatt and Sergei
The win gave the sixth-place Canadiens 86 points and
they remained two points up on Boston, which has a game in hand. They
moved four points ahead of Philadelphia and the New York Rangers, who
are currently tied for the final playoff spot.
O’Byrne, who nearly
scored early in the game, was pointed in the right direction when he
opened the scoring at 12:03 of the first period with a shot from the
point which fooled Ryan Miller. It was not only O’Byrne’s first goal
this season; it was first goal since March 3, 2008.
his second goal of the season when he converted a rebound of a shot by
Maxim Lapierre at 2:41 of the second period.
Kostitsyn wrapped up
the scoring with a goal at 6:37 of the third period. He missed the
Philadelphia game Friday with a lower-body injury but looked healthy
last night as he collected a goal and an assist.