Game 13: Canadiens stick it to Sabres

Canadiens’ Carey Price
stops Sabres’ Thomas Vanek Friday night.
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AUDIO: Jacques Martin | Benoit Pouliot | Jeff Halpern | Carey Price | Mathieu Darche

• At a Glance: The Buffalo Sabres remain winless at home this season after a 3-2 loss to the Canadiens on Friday night, the second time this season that the Canadiens have won in Buffalo. Things started off well for the Sabres, who were able to take the lead twice, but they were both short-lived as the Canadiens fired back within moments. Mike Grier made it 1-0 17:18 into the first period on an odd-man rush as the Canadiens fumbled with the puck in the offensive zone. But Jeff Halpern tied the score 1-1 18:40 into the period which was dominated by the Sabres, who outshot the Canadiens 16-10. In the second period, Jordan Leopold made it 2-1 Sabres after 9:02 played, and this time it took the Canadiens only 46 seconds to reply. Off a faceoff, Mathieu Darche fed the puck to Benoit Pouliot, who slipped it behind Patrick Lalime, who played in place of the injured Ryan Miller. Before the period was over, Pouliot made it 3-2 Montreal with a slapshot from the faceoff circle that went off the post and in behind Lalime. Carey Price, coming off two losses, made 29 saves for his seventh win of the season.

• Key Moments: Both teams failed to take advantage on the power play, with the Canadiens going 0-for-3 and the Sabres going 0-for-4.

• What It Means: The Canadiens snap a two-game losing streak with the win and improve their record to 8-4-1 for 17 points.

• What’s Next: The Ottawa Senators are at the Bell Centre on Saturday night, with a visit from another Canadian team on Tuesday when the Vancouver Canucks come to town. The week continues with a visit to Boston on Thursday and a home date with the Carolina Hurricanes next Saturday.


  1. Mark C says:

    What a load of bunk.

    1. You don’t give up an asset with out getting comparable or hopefully better value. Eller was not value – he was a future consideration

    Based on this reasoning, the B’s got utterly jobbed on the Kessel trade.

    2. If Halak had to be traded, we should have signed Price first. We could very easily have ended up with neither of them. And we are DAMN LUCKY Price got his head out of his ass. He’s played well.

    Negotiation 101 would suggest that to get Price signed before trading Halak (and before the best trade window closed, which was before the goal deminsihed in size July 1st) Montreal would have had to overpay Price to get him signed early.

    5. My final point: this team won’t win squat while Nomex is on it. He was -6 in the playoffs last year. 

    Gio and Cammy had the same +/-, does that mean Montreal can’t with them too?

  2. fbkj says:

    its an equal jump to say someone said something stupid on twitter therefore its fact

    as for sportsnet and score coverage, they too, were talking about the tweets

    edit: if i get accused again of being anti halak after this exchange im running into oncomming traffic

  3. TomNickle says:

    It’s quite a jump to go from, don’t follow twitter too seriously to Halak didn’t request a trade.

    It was also reported by Sportsnet and the Score following the playoffs that he or Walsh requested one again.

  4. fbkj says:

    i didnt say to pass it off as a joke, im just saying that you shouldnt hold a medium that has a 140 character count limit as gospel

    its twitter

  5. TomNickle says:

    I’m to pass it off as a joke?

    To my knowledge, nobody hacked Alan Walsh’s twitter account.

    Bob Gainey confirmed it, Walsh and Halak didn’t deny it.

    Am I missing something here?

  6. fbkj says:

    im sorry but your applying TWEETS as absolutes

    which is ridiculous

  7. TomNickle says:

    His agent represents him.  The agent speaks for the player.  The agent says give him more icetime or trade him.  That’s a trade request in my book because you can’t expect a coach to follow the ultimatum of a player agent, and the agent shouldn’t expect him to.

  8. Chris79 says:

    MC13 looks good at the point…with Markov.


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