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The Montreal Canadiens were victimized by a hot goaltender in their last game.
Another meeting with the struggling Buffalo Sabres may get the offense going again.
The Canadiens look to rebound from a recent defeat as they attempt to beat the Sabres for the second time in less than a week Thursday night.
Montreal (6-3-0) is scoring 3.0 goals per game, but the team has totaled that while splitting the last two. The Canadiens' latest effort resulted in a 2-1 loss to Boston as 20 of their shots were saved by Tuukka Rask, who has a 1.96 goals-against average.
"For me, the important thing is that we're getting quality chances," coach Michel Therrien told the team's official website. "It's going to happen in the NHL where you're facing a goalie that's playing really well. It's not a matter of will. I think we worked hard to create those chances.
"There are just nights the puck goes in and there are nights the goalie's going to make the save."
That certainly wasn't the case against the Sabres (3-6-1) on Saturday, when Montreal pounded them 6-1.
Despite the loss, Buffalo is 8-1-1 in the past 10 meetings with its Northeast Division rival, but much of that success is aided by stellar performances from Ryan Miller.
The 2009-10 Vezina Trophy winner surrendered four goals on 21 shots through two periods against the Canadiens last week before being pulled for Jhonas Enroth, who allowed two scores on 11 attempts.
Miller had been 6-0-1 with a 1.12 GAA and two shutouts over his previous seven starts against them.
The Sabres give up a league-high 3.7 goals per game - 4.3 during a 1-6-1 stretch.
Enroth didn't help Tuesday, making 20 saves in a 4-3 loss at Ottawa as Buffalo's slide reached three games.
He's lost both of his starts with a 4.75 goals-against average, while Miller is 1-4-1 with a 3.67 GAA in his last six.
"We need better goaltending. There's no secret to that," coach Lindy Ruff said. "I think (Enroth) will admit that he has to have a couple of those. Now you have to look to bounce back. I tried to let him bounce back in the game and I thought the team answered the bell.
"Right now we've got to worry about winning a game, whatever that takes."
It'll likely take improvement from Miller, who should be back in net. He's 3-0-1 with a 1.45 GAA and a shutout in the last four home meetings with Montreal.
Thomas Vanek leads the NHL with 19 points, but he's looking to get back on the scoresheet after his season-opening eight-game scoring streak came to an end Tuesday.
The left wing found the net against Montreal last week, getting just his second goal over the past 22 games versus the Habs.
P.K. Subban is giving the Canadiens some added scoring punch in three games since returning to the team after signing a two-year, $5.75 million contract Jan. 28.
So far, the layoff doesn't seem to be an issue since the defenseman has managed a point in each of his first three games.
Subban got his first goal Wednesday, and had an assist against Buffalo on Saturday in his season debut. However, that was just his third point - all assists - in 13 career meetings with the Sabres, and he has one in six road matchups.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price had a rough start to his night Wednesday as he took a puck in the groin during warm-ups before Wednesday night's game against the Boston Bruins.
Price was blocking some warm-up shots from his teammates when center Lars Eller sends a wrist shot right into Price's ding-ding.
Price briefly left the ice, but recovered in time to start...
Canadiens goaltender Carey Price had a rough pre-game warmup prior to Wednesday’s Habs-Bruins rivalry matchup, as he got smoked in his reproductive pouch by a shot from teammate Lars Eller.
As you would expect from a man who just took a frozen rubber biscuit to the goodies at high-speed, Price doubled over in pain and immediately got the hell out of there, heading straight to the...
Tomas Plekanec probably wishes you didn't see that. In on a breakaway against Tuukka Rask, Plekanec failed to get a shot off, instead mishandling the puck and sending it straight to the corner boards. As if wasting a scoring chance wasn't bad enough, the Montreal Canadiens were called for "Too many men on the ice" shortly after Plekanec's embarrassing misfire...
This is what an NHL goaltender looks like after taking a shot to the junk.
During warm-up before their game against the Bruins Wednesday night, Canadiens goalie Carey Price had the unfortunate experience of taking a Lars Eller practice shot to the groin, which is an altogether terrible experience for any man, boy or hermaphrodite, protective cup or not.
Price was able to shake off...
WHAT YEAR IS THIS?
On Wednesday night, Will Smith made an appearance at the Bell Centre in Montreal for the game between the Canadiens and Bruins. Why he was in Montreal is uncertain, but he definitely got hooked up with some great seats in a box for the old school Original 6 rivalry.Smith was featured on the big screen and the DJ played one of his old school tracks “Gettin Jiggy With It” over...
Ha! We were trying to think of a way to write the headline so it didn't sound too juvenile and not make a dick joke.
The reason: Take a look at the video at the bottom. In it, you'll see Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price get the "Wind" knocked out of him in warm ups as he blocks a wrist shot from one of his own players.
The problem: He missed and the puck...
I said coming into the season that Tuukka is the key to the Bruins season. And tonight was a primary example of why. Rask stood on his head over the course of the game and denied countless scoring opportunities that the Canadians had. His play is what kept the game in check and allowed the Bruin's to come out with a much needed W against their rival.
The power play continues...
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
10. Patrick Kaleta, Sabres
Reacting to Kaleta’s 2009 head shot on Montreal’s Andrei Markov, TSN’s Dave Hodge wondered if the agitator might be better off playing without a stick since he wasn’t bothering to play the puck. Kaleta has matured somewhat, but he’s still basically a hit-to-hurt player, a human missile with little...
Thomas Vanek scored twice in regulation, including the tying goal with 2 seconds left, and also came through in the shootout to rally the Buffalo Sabres past the Montreal Canadiens 5-4 on Thursday night.
Jason Pominville also scored in the shootout and Ryan Miller clinched the victory by making a left pad save to stop Brian Gionta on Montreal's final opportunity.
There isn’t all that much to sum up with the Buffalo Sabres at this point. Another game, another night allowing four goals and yet another loss. This is the same broken record that’s been playing for this entire 1-6-1 stretch.
Due to injuries, Adam Pardy made his Sabres debut and Lindy Ruff also chose to get Jhonas Enroth some action although the result on the scoreboard...
The Rivalry Continues
Tonight will be the first of four games between Boston
and Montreal this year. The season
series begins in Canada
at 7:30 p.m. (ET).
The Bruins (6-1-1)
and the Canadiens (6-2-0) are
both off to hot starts in the mini-season. The early success of both teams will
boost the intensity of the game and will ignite a playoff atmosphere at the Bell Centre in Montreal...
Christian Ehrhoff took that game day skate this morning and will play tonight after sitting out the Ottawa game with a muscle related ailment. Mike Weber also took the skate today, after having sat out Wednesdayâs impromptu practice due a maintenance day. Weber has acquitted himself well with the performances that he has delivered since he stepped into the lineup last weekend...
I have been picking the MVP of the season from as early a point as I reasonably can in the season. This is in part to try to determine at which point in the season the eventual MVP emerges. My first pick this season was Thomas Vanek of the Buffalo Sabres. Last week he was surpassed by Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks. I think Vanek has taken over the lead again.
Nice push back byBuffalo. Down a goal, they righted the wrong in rapid fire fashion.
@4:26 Mikhail Grigorenko applied smothering forecheck to turn pover a puck behind Budaj.. Hecht threads a a beauty of a pass to Ott who promply throws a perfect spin-o-rama shot at Budaj's feet and the puck squirted through the Montreal backup goaler.