MONTREAL - Brad Boyes and Thomas Vanek scored in a shootout to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night.
Jhonas Enroth made 25 saves in place of injured starter Ryan Miller and remained unbeaten for the Sabres (11-7-0) this season.
Jason Pominville and Derek Roy scored in regulation for Buffalo, which has won four of its last five games. Vanek had an assist on Roy's goal.
Max Pacioretty and Erik Cole scored for the Canadiens (7-7-3), who saw their two-game winning streak snapped. Carey Price made 30 saves.
The Canadiens enjoyed the bulk of the chances in the opening period, outshooting the Sabres 10-6, but couldn?t get anything past Enroth.
The struggling power play helped them break the ice at 3:58 of the second. Defenceman P.K. Subban sent a Pacioretty pass over to Cole who ripped a slap shot from the left faceoff circle for his fourth of the season.
Pacioretty doubled the Canadiens??? lead late at 14:17 when his shot just trickled to the right of Enroth and into the net.
Pominville got the visitors on the board early just 53 seconds into the third period when he was left alone in the slot to beat Price.
The Sabres took advantage of a Subban turnover to even up the score at 12:30 of the final period. Vanek picked up the loose puck and sent it to Roy, who converted his sixth of the season on a delayed penalty against the Canadiens.
Already dealing with a depleted defence, Montreal saw its blue-line depth take another hit in the second period. Jaroslav Spacek left with an unspecified injury leaving the Canadiens with just five defencemen.
The Canadiens also lost centre Andreas Engqvist to injury in the second period. The 23-year-old was called up earlier in the day from the club???s AHL team in Hamilton.
Notes: The Canadiens were missing defenceman Hal Gill (sick) and wingers Michael Cammalleri (lower body) and Andrei Kostitsyn (lower body). ??? The Sabres were without goaltender Ryan Miller (concussion) and forwards Jochen Hecht (concussion) and Tyler Ennis (ankle). Defenceman Tyler Myers was a healthy scratch.