Habs suffer 1st shootout loss 5-4 in Buffalo
The Canadiens let a pair of one-goal leads get away in the first 2 periods. Then they outdid themselves in the 3rd.
The Canadiens squandered a 4-2 lead in the 3rd, letting Buffalo force overtime when Tomas Vanek poked in the gametying goal with only 1 second left in regulation. Vanek would score again in the Sabres 5-4 shootout victory.
Montreal had the best chances in OT but could not beat Ryan Miller. That set up the first shootout of the season for both clubs.
Vanek put Buffalo ahead in the shootout. Galchenyuk scored on his first NHL shootout attempt to even it 1-1. "Chuckie" broke away from his signature move to the backhand.
Montreal-native Jason Pominville restored a Sabres lead in the shootout, before Ryan Miller stopped Brian Gionta to clinch the comeback.
The Habs grabbed leads for Peter Budaj in each of the first 2 periods. The bad news is the Canadiens could hold those leads for only 50 seconds total.
That was until PK Subban let his stick do the talking.
Subban scored a powreplay goal before the end of the 2nd period putting the Habs up on the Sabres for the 3rd time in the game.
The Canadiens grabbed an early lead in the 1st on a goal by Tomas Plekanec only to drop it 15 seconds later when the Sabres tied the game 1-1 against Peter Budaj.
Carey Price was given the night off while Josh Gorges left the ice after logging just 3:47 of icetime. Thankfully the Canadiens' assistant captain returned to duty for the opening shift of the 2nd period.
Tomas Plekanec scored at 4:11 of the 1st assisted by Bourque and Emelin, Plek making up for a botched breakaway attempt that haunted the Habs in a 2-1 loss against the Bruins at the Bell Centre.
Steve Ott scored for the Sabres moments later.
In the second, rookie Brendan Gallagher scored his 4th goal of the season, only to watch the Sabres tie it 35 seconds later. Prust and Diaz picked assists on the 20-year old's heavy shot from the right circle.
The Canadiens killed off significant 5-on-3 powerplay time for the Sabres in the 2nd, special teams going 5/5 on the penalty kill in the first 40 minutes.
Then the Habs took advantage of their own 5-on-3 opportunity drawn by Subban, who took a hack from a Sabre whose stick went up into the face of the Canadiens' defenseman. Markov and Pacioretty earned assists after the powerplay quarterback switched sides at the point with Subban.
Early in the 3rd, Tomas Plekanec scored his 2nd goal of the game on a breakaway shot that Ryan Miller got a peice of. The Canadiens would need the insurance goal.
Ryan White earned a trip back to the coach's doghouse by taking a costly penalty in the 3rd letting the Sabres close to within 4-3.
The Habs have lost 2 in a row for the first time this season.