• At a Glance: The Montreal Canadiens dominated the shot clock against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night, but they came up against one of the NHL’s best goaltenders in Ryan Miller, someone who always seems to win against the Canadiens. Montreal lost for the third straight game, this time 3-1 in front of their Bell Centre fans.
After a goalless first period, Montreal opened the scoring in the second period when rookie defenceman Raphael Diaz scored the first goal of his NHL career.
He accepted a pass from Max Pacioretty, who is playing a strong game, and make Sabres goalie Ryan Miller commit before going around him and shooting into the top corner 2:08 into the period.
The Sabres got that back at 12:11 when Jordan Leopold gathered a rebound in front of Carey Price and fired it home.
Thomas Vanek gave the Sabres a 2-1 lead with only 3 seconds to play off a faceoff in the Canadiens zone.
Christian Ehrhoff scored into an empty net to seal the Buffalo win.
• Keys moments: The Canadiens failed to capitalize on the power play, going 0-for-5 as their struggles with the man advantage continue.
• What It Means: The Canadiens have lost their first three games at home, the first time that has happened since 1938.
• What’s Next: The Canadiens hit the road and visit the Penguins on Thursday, then return home to host the Maple Leafs on Saturday.