Habs rally in 3rd only to lose in OT vs Sabres 3-2
It was a game they may have deserved to win, but the Montreal Canadiens found a way to lose, even after picking up a point.
PK Subban was sent to the penalty box only seconds into overtime, and Steve Ott scored on a rebound after a difficult kick save by Carey Price with only seconds remaining in the Sabres' power play.
Someone forgot to tell the Montreal Canadiens they're playing the lowly Buffalo Sabres. Thankfully no one had to tell Brendan Gallagher to keep working.
Or Colby Armstrong that the goals are long overdue.
Gallagher set up Max Pacioretty early in the 3rd period to restore hope for Habs fans. Pacioretty fired from the slot to end a 7-game goal drought.
The Canadiens fired a 15-6 shot advantage at Buffalo's Jhonas Enroth in the 3rd.
Montreal has suffered only 1 regulation loss in its last 18 games.
Then with less than 5 minutes remaining, rookie Alex Galchenyuk dished to Armstrong at the top of the crease, allowing the ex-Leaf to make a big move to his backhand to beat the Sabres' goalie.
Armstrong had scored his first as a Hab Saturday against the Devils, his first goal in 40 games. Now he's scored in 2 in a row.
Brian Gionta was robbed by Enroth with only 15.9 seconds remaining in regulation, by pushing from right to left and snagging a hard low shot from the Habs' captain.
Buffalo grabbed a two-goal lead in the final seconds of the 1st period, when a Tyler Myers point-shot changed direction and snuck past Carey Price.
The Canadiens were caught committing sloppy work in their own end allowing Steve Ott to pound a shot from the slot before the midway mark in the 1st period and give Buffalo the lead.
Coach Michel Therrien was instantly rewarded for juggling his 3rd line when Colby Armstrong made some smart plays with the puck playing on a new combo with Lars Eller and Alex Galchenyuk in the opening minutes of the 1st period. Eller had the first good scoring chance as a result, firing a shot from the right circle testing Sabres backup goalie Jhonas Enroth.
The tweak of the line also shifted rookie Gabriel Dumont to centre on the 4th line with Travis Moen and Ryan White.
Michael Ryder returned to the lineup after missing the roadtrip win Saturday in New Jersey. Rookie Jarred Tinordi stayed on the blueline for the second straight game.
Canadiens' Hall of Famers Henri Richard, Guy Lafleur and Scotty Bowman are in attendance on a "snow day" for many in Montreal.
Sabres super-pest Pat Kaleta was key in killing off 2 Habs powerplays early in the 2nd.
Montreal would be forced to kill off a pointless Max Pacioretty goalie interference penalty in the final minutes of the 3rd, only to have PK Subban taking a needless high-sticking penalty in the opening seconds of overtime. That was one mistake too many for the Habs.