Sabres handle Habs prospects

Montreal Canadiens' P.K. Subban grabs Buffalo Sabres Tyler Myers.  (REUTERS/Shaun Best)

Montreal Canadiens' P.K. Subban grabs Buffalo Sabres Tyler Myers. (REUTERS/Shaun Best)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:39 PM ET

MONTREAL - The Buffalo Sabres didn’t make it here until about 5:30 Thursday afternoon, but that didn’t seem to bother them for their pre-season game against the Canadiens at the Bell Centre.

They beat the Habs 5-3 in the penultimate exhibition game for the Canadiens and time is running out for those guys fighting for jobs in Montreal this season.

Forward Ryan White showed well for the Canadiens - again - and looks like he can earn a role on the third or fourth line.

Veteran goaltender Alex Auld went the whole way for the Canadiens and felt the wrath of the Bell Centre fans after the second goal of the night for Buffalo prospect Luke Adam and a power-play goal seven minutes into the third period by Drew Schiestel. The fans chanted the name of number one goaltender Carey Price after each of those goals.

The Canadiens power play, ranked near the top of the league the last couple of years and the reason why they have been able to make the playoffs the last couple of years, was horrific on the night. Okay, so they didn’t have their “A” lineup, but they failed to get a shot during a 5-on-3 for a minute and 22 seconds in the first period when the score was still 1-0 for the Sabres.

They also gave up three power-play goals, so it wasn’t a good night for the special teams.

Sabres forward Tomas Vanek did not return to the game after the first period. He had opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 4:38 of the first period, jumping on a rebound off a shot by Tyler Myers and sweeping the puck around Auld.

Adam made it 2-0, taking the puck from Montreal defenceman Ryan O’Byrne and slipping it past Auld at 1:41 of the second. Some good hustle by Mathieu Darche saw him earn his first of the pre-season at just 15 seconds later to make it 2-1 and O’Byrne tied it when his shot from the right wing boards was deflected past Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth by Buffalo defenceman Steve Montador.

A power-play goal by Tim Connolly at 7:50 on a nice snap shot to Auld’s long side and Adam’s second at 9:11 made it 4-2.

Montreal’s Tom Pyatt made it 5-3 at 9:47 of the third.

The Canadiens now head off to Quebec City for their last pre-season game against the New York Islanders Saturday night and then head north to Charlevoix, Que., for a few days of team bonding before opening their season on the road in Toronto Thursday.


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