Buffalo, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Matt Moulson scored the game-winning goal
with 1:18 to play as the Buffalo Sabres took a 2-1 victory over the Montreal
Canadiens in the opener of a home-and-home set.
Tyler Ennis had the other goal and Jhonas Enroth made 30 saves for the Sabres,
who have won four of their last five.
Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau had the only goal for the Canadiens, who had won
their previous two coming in. Carey Price allowed both goals on 25 shots.
These clubs will meet in Montreal on Saturday.
The game was tied by Montreal early in the final frame, but Buffalo was able
to go on top thanks to a lucky bounce while on a power play. Ennis had dumped
the puck into the Montreal end off the glass and Price went behind the net to
play it. However, it hit off a stanchion and bounced out front where Moulson
had an open net for the game-winner.
Buffalo scored the only goal of the first period on a highlight reel marker
from Ennis. Skating down the right wing, Ennis cut to the front and lost
control of the puck. He then leaped over Price, and from the left side was
able to find the puck for a backhand into the net at 3:27.
The second period passed without a goal, but the Canadiens were able to tie
the game on an early power play in the third. With Ennis in the box, Montreal
got the puck on net and a scramble in front resulted in several shots on
Enroth. With Enroth looking for the puck between his pads, Parenteau dove in
to poke the puck in at 1:35.
Montreal had won six straight in the series … Montreal was 1-for-3 on the
power play while Buffalo went 1-for-4.