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Sabres fall to Habs in Overtime

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The good news is the Sabres got a point against a good team on the road, the bad news they allowed a team that is ahead of them to gain an extra point.  Montreal scored a power play goal in the final minute of overtime to beat Buffalo 4-3.  It was the second power play goal of the game for Montreal.  They scored the first on a 5-on-3 advantage in the second period.

In all the Canadiens had seven power play opportunities and many Sabres fans would argue that some were not warranted.  Buffalo took two penalties in overtime including a questionable call on Jochen Hecht that led to the eventual game winning goal.  The most controversial call was called on Matt Ellis for Goalie Interference even though it appeared from video replay that he never made contact with the Goalie.  Montreal did not capitalize on that opportunity but they later scored a goal when Ryan Miller appeared to be interfered with.

Miller shutout the Kings last night in Buffalo and he was equally impressive on Saturday night despite allowing four goals.  Montreal fired a total of 46 shots on goal and many were good scoring opportunities.  For all the criticism that Miller has received on this site he has been impressive lately.  I'll be interested to see if Lindy rides the hot hand and plays Miller again on Monday against the Penguins.

It was a really strange game tonight with both teams controlling play for long stretches before allowing the other team to regain control.  If not for some suspect officiating it would have been one of the better hockey games I've seen all season. 

Game Notes

  • Derek Roy continues to be the Sabres best player over the past two weeks.  He scored another goal tonight to give him 11 on the season.
  • Andrej Sekera scored the third Buffalo goal...It was the first third goal of his NHL career. (Thanks to commenter twoeightnine for the correction)
  • Chris Butler assisted on the Sabres first goal giving him two assists in two games played in his NHL career.
  • Teppo Numminen had two assists and Clarke MacArthur had a goal and an assist to pace the Sabres.
  • Ryan Miller has stopped 82-of-86 shots in the last two nights...maybe he will need a break on Monday.

Harry Neale Quote of the Game

It occurred way back in the first period when Andrew Peters and Georges Laraque dropped the gloves...or should I say when Laraque used Peters face as a punching bag and threw him around like a rag doll?

With that fight both guys could join the Dancing with the Stars Competition.

Up Next

The Sabres return home to take on the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night.  The game will be televised on Versus and is the last meeting between the two teams this season unless they meet again in the playoffs.