Bourque, Desharnais lead Canadiens over Sabres 6-1

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 2, 2013 at 6:34 pm •  Published: February 2, 2013
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After a big win in a wild game against the Boston Bruins on Thursday, the Sabres (3-4-1) lost for the fifth time in their last six games. Goaltender Ryan Miller made 17 saves over two periods before being replaced in the third by backup Jhonas Enroth.

"We didn't have our 'A' game right off the bat. We started in the second but it was too late," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "It's a collective effort. You can't point fingers at anybody."

Bourque injected some life into what had been an uneventful first period with Montreal's 10th power-play goal of the season. Andrei Markov's stretch pass — tipped along the way by Tomas Plekanec — found Brian Gionta along the right boards. Gionta waited before passing it on to Bourque, who drove to the net for his second of the season.

Montreal took a 2-0 lead for the fifth time in its seven games early in the second. Gallagher and fellow rookie Alex Galchenyuk completed a nifty 2-on-1 that Gallagher capped with his third of the season as the puck went in off Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff at 2:03.

Desharnais finally got his first at 10:08. Just seconds after Sabres forward Tyler Ennis hit the crossbar, the diminutive Canadiens center took a pass from Eller in the high slot and fired a shot past Miller.

Eller added to Buffalo's misery with his first goal of the season just 28 seconds later.

Plekanec set up Bourque's second goal of the game at 1:22 of the third. The Czech center showed patience on a 2-on-1, waiting out Buffalo defenseman Mike Weber's attempt to block the pass before easily placing it on Bourque's stick.

Thomas Vanek broke Price's shutout bid with a short-handed goal at 3:01.

Desharnais picked up his second of the season on the power play at 12:43.

NOTES: D Yannick Weber and F Ryan White were scratches for the Canadiens, who went with 11 forwards and seven defensemen. ... Therrien acknowledged "there's a chance" that Pacioretty, who practiced with his teammates on Friday, could be back in the lineup on Sunday. ... Buffalo's one shot in the first was its fewest in a regulation period since Oct. 7, 2011, against Anaheim when the Sabres had none in the third. ... Montreal last allowed one shot in a period Oct. 13, 2011, against Calgary.



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