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Buffalo Sabres 1, Montréal Canadiens 3 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Buffalo Sabres 1, Montréal Canadiens 3 FINAL
Buffalo Sabres 1, Montréal Canadiens 3

MONTREAL (AP) -- Jose Theodore made 34 saves and Pierre Dagenais, Saku Koivu and Mike Ribeiro scored, leading the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.

Theodore stopped Jochen Hecht on a short-handed breakaway midway through the third period and made another pad save on Hecht later in the period to help Montreal extend its winning streak to three games -- tying a season high set from Oct. 11-16.

The Canadiens also tied their longest unbeaten streak of the season at five, and have at least one point in six straight games (4-0-1-1).

Alexei Zhitnik scored for Buffalo, which ended a three-game unbeaten streak. The Sabres lost for just the second time in eight games (4-2-2) following a seven-game losing streak.

Canadiens defenseman Stephane Quintal played his 1,000th career regular-season game.

Quintal was honored prior to the game. He was presented with a silver stick by Hall of Famer Henri Richard, who Quintal joined as one of seven players to reach the milestone in a Montreal uniform.

The Canadiens, who hadn't won consecutive games in more than two months prior to their current streak, took a 2-0 lead 11:28 in on their way to outshooting Buffalo 20-9 in the first period.

Dagenais opened the scoring 6:07 in, scoring on a rebound after goalie Martin Biron couldn't control Craig Rivet's shot. Dagenais has six goals in 19 games since he was recalled from Hamilton of the AHL on Nov. 24.

Biron once again had trouble controlling a loose puck on Koivu's goal at 11:28. Canadiens rookie Michael Ryder flipped a shot toward the net from the blue line and Koivu drove in to bat the bouncing puck past Biron for his seventh of the season.

Zhitnik scored 4:01 into the third with a slap shot from the point over Theodore's left arm into the right side of the net.

Theodore, who came within 4:50 of his first shutout since a 3-0 win over Buffalo Nov. 8, stuck out his left pad to deny Hecht, who came in on a short-handed breakaway just short of the midway point of the third.

Ribeiro scored into an empty net with 34.6 seconds remaining.

scoring summary
1st Period
06:07
MTL
Pierre Dagenais (6) Slapshot - ASST: Richard Zednik (9), Craig Rivet (7)
1 - 0 MTL
11:28
MTL
Saku Koivu (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Michael Ryder (18)
2 - 0 MTL
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
04:01
BUF
Alexei Zhitnik (2) Slapshot - ASST: Derek Roy (3), Maxim Afinogenov (6)
2 - 1 MTL
19:25
MTL
EN - Mike Ribeiro (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Sheldon Souray (13), Richard Zednik (10)
3 - 1 MTL
penalty summary
1st Period
06:20
BUF
Andrew Peters  Fighting (maj) against  Darren Langdon
06:20
MTL
Darren Langdon  Fighting (maj) against  Andrew Peters
07:50
BUF
Ales Kotalik  Interference against  Michael Ryder
08:17
MTL
Saku Koivu  Tripping against  Curtis Brown
2nd Period
11:14
MTL
Saku Koivu  Hooking - Obstruction
15:05
MTL
Chad Kilger  Hi-sticking against  Andrew Peters
16:28
MTL
Francis Bouillon  Slashing
3rd Period
08:22
BUF
Brian Campbell  Cross checking against  Mike Ribeiro
goalie stats
Martin Biron
SA: 36TOI: 59:34
Saves: 34EV: 30 - 32
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .944SH: 0 - 0
Jose Theodore
SA: 35TOI: 59:53
Saves: 34EV: 28 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .971SH: 1 - 1