MONTREAL (AP) — Carey Price made 24 saves and Max Pacioretty and Daniel Briere scored third-period goals and the Montreal Canadiens earned a 2-0 victory against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.
Pacioretty’s goal was the 100th of his career as Montreal extended its winning streak to three and won for the sixth time in seven games.
The Sabres have one win in their past 10 games. They played their fourth game of a five-game road trip that ends Thursday in Nashville.
Montreal’s top line was on a rush after a Buffalo power play when former Sabre Thomas Vanek slipped a diagonal pass that Pacioretty put in off goaltender Matt Hackett at 10:53 of the third.
Briere picked the puck out of a crowd and beat Hackett with a wrist shot from close range on a power play at 16:54.
It was Price’s fifth shutout of the season and 24th of his career.
Coming off an emotional shootout win in Boston on Monday night, the Canadiens were short on energy against the last-place Sabres.
Through two scoreless periods, the loudest cheers from the Bell Centre fans were for a sharp Price save on Matt D’Agostini during a Sabres power play and when Olympic moguls gold medalist Alex Bilodeau was shown on the scoreboard screen.
The Canadiens had a four-minute power play in the second period when D’Agostini was called for holding and got an extra two for banging his stick on the glass in protest, but failed to take advantage.
Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers left the game at 6:15 of the third when he looked to hurt an arm or his ribs crashing into a post. There was no immediate word on his condition.
Myers was in his first game since sitting out five with an arm injury.
Notes: With Dale Weise and Travis Moen both injured Monday in Boston, Lars Eller and Ryan White returned to the Montreal lineup. Jarred Tinordi replaced veteran Francis Bouillon. … Ville Leino, who is without a goal in 51 games this season, was back for the Sabres after sitting out two games in place of injured Zenon Konopka.
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