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The Buffalo Sabres have won four of the season's five meetings with the Montreal Canadiens.
The one loss, however, may have been a blessing in disguise as it seems to have sparked their playoff push.
The surging Sabres look to pull into a tie for points with the Eastern Conference's eighth-place team when they host the Canadiens on Wednesday night in the final meeting between these Northeast Division rivals.
A 4-3 shootout loss to Montreal at home Feb. 17 marked a fourth straight defeat for Buffalo (34-29-10) and dropped it into a tie for last place in the East, nine points out of a playoff spot. Following the game, coach Lindy Ruff said he felt "disappointed" and "embarrassed."
The Sabres have responded by going 10-2-3 since to move within two points of eighth-place Washington, which will have played one fewer game than Buffalo when it takes the ice Thursday.
"Getting closer to where we want to be is fun," forward Jason Pominville said aft...
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Buffalo, NY - It was a night of milestones for the Buffalo Sabres. Cody Hodgson recorded his first two goals as a Sabre, Christian Ehrhoff earned his 200th career assist, and Derek Roy moved into sole possesion of ninth all-time in assists in Sabres franchise history. Oh yeah, and they took care of the Montreal Canadians 3-0 to move into a tie for eighth place in the Eastern Conference...
Cody Hodgson scored his first two goals with his new team and Ryan Miller turned aside all 34 shots he faced as the Buffalo Sabres pulled into a tie for eighth place in the Eastern Conference with a 3-0 victory over the visiting Montreal Canadiens. Captain Jason Pominville netted his team-leading 28th goal and Derek Roy notched a pair of assists for the Sabres, who have won eight...
Goalie Ryan Miller was perfect. Newcomer Cody Hodgson finally got on the board with Buffalo. And the Sabres have inched themselves to within a sniff of playoff contention.
Before anyone got too excited over the Sabres' 3-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night, Miller provided a few cautionary words of perspective.
''I'm not going to say I'm not...
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Marcus Foligno and Jason Pominville each scored twice and the Buffalo Sabres beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-3 Monday night.
Foligno had two of Buffalo's four second-period goals, helping the Sabres take a 6-2 lead. Pominville scored in the first as the Sabres went up 2-0, and made it 7-2 on a goal 17 seconds into the third.
Drew Stafford, Corey Tropp and...
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The Buffalo Sabres have missed out on chances to boost their playoff hopes in each of the past two games, but could have a better opportunity to help themselves in their next one against a struggling opponent.
The visiting Sabres, though, have yet to earn a point...
from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail, Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later, turns out that Martin Leclerc of Radio-Canada.ca and NHL.com is the first off the mark with news that a deal is done between the Montreal Canadiens and former Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy that will see the fiery Quebec Remparts owner/coach/GM take over the Habs’ reins next fall.
Since when were the LA Kings and Buffalo Sabres in the playoff mix?If you looked at the standings last month, you would not have found the Kings or the Sabres anywhere near the playoff picture. Today, they sit on the cusp of the post season, and while there is still a lot to be settled in the last 10 games of the season, both clubs are clearly still in control of their playoff destinies...
Ryan Miller made 34 saves for a career-high sixth shutout this season and the Buffalo Sabres continued their late-season push for a playoff spot with a 3-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night.
Cody Hodgson scored twice and Jason Pominville once to help the Sabres improve to 11-2-4 in their past 17 games and catch the eighth-place Washington Capitals in the Eastern...