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Thursday, April 11, 2013



MTL:   R. Bourque (06:43 - 1st) , A. Galchenyuk (10:27 - 1st) , B. Gallagher (04:36 - 2nd) , A. Markov (PPG, 17:54 - 2nd) , P. Subban (PPG, 17:19 - 3rd)
BUF:   B. Flynn (SHG, 06:45 - 3rd)

MTL: P. Budaj (W)
 BUF: R. Miller (L) , J. Enroth

         Earlier tonight in Buffalo, the Habs took on the Sabres in an attempt to clinch a playoff spot. 7 minutes in, the Habs came in on a 3 on 1 and Plekanec played the puck to Gionta in front and his shot was tipped in by Bourque to make it 1-0. 3 minutes later, Ryder played the puck to Gallchenyuk at the side of the net and he scored to make it 2-0. The Habs had the puck all period long as the Sabres couldn't find a way to keep possession as the Habs lead the game 2-0 and lead 15-7 in shots after 1.

       4:36 ino the second, Desharnais's shot was stopped and the rebound went to Gallagher behind the net and he wrapped the puck around the net and scored to extend the lead. That was it for Miller as he gave up 3 goals on 32 shots. So in comes Enroth.Late in the period with the Habs on a 5 on 3 powerplay, Subban played the puck to Markov and his shot beat  Enroth to make it 4-0. The shots in the second were 17-4 Montreal.

          The Sabres would break Budajs shut out bid with a shorthanded goal from Flynn. But the Habs would get it back on the powerplay late in the third with a goal by Subban as the Montreal Canadiens win 5-1 and have clinched a playoff spot. In the win Budaj made 14 saves. In relief for Ryan Miller, Enroth made 9 saves."He played well. There was nothing he could do," Rolston said, of Miller. "We didn't have enough effort. We didn't have enough going. We had too many passengers."

      This win is the Montreal Canadiens 26th win of the season, the most wins in the first 40 games of the season since the 1978-79 season, when the Habs had a record of 27-8-5. But Subban doesn't want to compare this Canadiens team to the team of the late 70s."I think we're just worried about creating our own identity," Subban said. "We're not finished. We have a lot to accomplish here."

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

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