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Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Eric Cole's 26th of the season (Photo by Andrew Di Pardo)


MTL:   E. Cole (04:32 - 1st) , D. Desharnais (19:55 - 3rd)
BUF:   T. Ennis (11:08 - 2nd) , T. Ennis (01:50 - 3rd) , T. Myers (02:01 - OT)

MTL: P. Budaj (L)
 BUF: R. Miller (W)

                Last night in Buffalo, the the Habs ended their road trip with a game against the Sabres. 5 minutes in, Desharnais brought the puck in over the Buffalo line, he faked a shot and dropped the puck back for Eric Cole and he wired a shot past Miller to make it 1-0 Montreal. 11 minutes into the second, Tyler Ennis brought the puck in over the Montreal line, he deked past Markov and then backhanded the puck into the back of the net to tie the game. 1:50 into the third, Ennis centred the puck and it went off the stick of Emelin and past Budaj to give Buffalo the lead. Then with under 10 seconds to play, Plekanecs shot from in front was stopped, Desharnais through the puck back to Subban and his shot was blocked. Desharnais cut to the front of the net and received a pass from Eric Cole and put the puck by Miller to tie the game with 4.6 seconds to go!

              In overtime, just 2 minutes in, Roy centred the puck to Myers and he fired a shot past Budaj to win the game for the Sabres 3-2 is the final. In the loss, Peter Budaj made 33 saves on 36 shots and at times was keeping the Habs in the game.After the game, Randy Cunneyworth talked about if he thought that this loss was a step backwards after a 4-1 win in Vancouver on Saturday night."I don't look at it as a step backward," Cunneyworth said. "I was happy with the effort. I think under the circumstances, the guys gave everything they had."

                 As for the winning goaltender, Miller made 23 saves. "I think it shows we've got good character," Ennis said. "It can be deflating when you let in a goal with a few seconds left. And we bounce back and score right away in overtime." With the win, the Sabres are now 2 points back of the 8th and final Playoff spot which is being held by the Capitals.

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

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