Canadiens edge sliding Sabres

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Josh Gorges scored what proved to be the game- winning goal in Montreal's 2-1 victory over the Sabres at HSBC Arena, the 40th anniversary of Buffalo's first home game as a franchise.

Alexandre Picard also helped spoil the Sabres' celebration, scoring the other goal for the Canadiens, who have split their four games this season. Carey Price needed to make only 22 saves in the win, as Montreal notched just its second regulation win in its last 11 games in this building.

"Our guys played really well tonight, we played an excellent system game tonight," Price said.

Derek Roy tallied his fifth goal of the season for the Sabres, who finished 0-3-1 on a four-game homestand after a season-opening win in Ottawa. Ryan Miller suffered his fourth straight defeat after allowing both goals on 28 shots.

"I think we've had very erratic play," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "When you're chasing the puck all night, it makes it tough."

After a scoreless first period in which Price made eight stops and Miller made six, the Canadiens took a 2-0 lead with a pair of goals in the middle 20 minutes.

Picard's first tally of the year 1 1/2 minutes into the second period got the Habs on the board, and Steve Montador's roughing penalty with 2:25 left helped the Canadiens double their advantage.

Roman Hamrlik took a feed from Scott Gomez at the left point and quickly dished over to Gorges at the right point, and Gorges fired a laser shot that found its way through traffic with 1:05 on the clock.

Roy helped Buffalo get back into the game with a goal 3:26 into the third, but the Sabres couldn't solve Price again. Miller was pulled in the final moments, but it didn't help the offense put any pressure on Price.

Game Notes

Buffalo won the season series last year, 4-2...Montreal had lost two straight and five of six in Buffalo...On October 15, 1970, the Canadiens beat the Sabres, 3-0, in Buffalo's first-ever home game.


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