Game 44: Canadiens fire blanks vs. Sabres

Sabres centre Tim Connolly scores on Canadiens goalie Carey
Price during the second period Sunday afternoon at the Bell Centre.
Peter McCabe, The Gazette

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• At a Glance:  One bounce. That was the difference Sunday as the Buffalo Sabres defeated the Canadiens 1-0 in the first game of 2010 for Montreal. Tim Connolly scored his 11th goal of the season 6:56 into the second period after a pass from Jason Pominville bounced into Carey Price’s crease, an easy tip-in for Connolly. It was the only blemish for Price, who stopped the rest of Buffalo’s 30 shots. Ryan Miller, who will defend the U.S. net at the Vancouver Olympics, stood tall against the Canadiens, stopping all 29 shots they fired his way.

• Key Moments: Montreal was unable to score on a pair of power plays in the first period, the only chances they would get with the man advantage during the game.

• What It Means: The Canadiens lost for only the second time in 8 games, watching its record drop to 21-20-3 for 45 points.

• What’s Next: The Canadiens are in Washington on Tuesday night before returning home to host the Florida Panthers on Thursday and the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.

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