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Four goals against the Buffalo Sabres had been the Montreal Canadiens' highest total of the season. Since then, they've only gotten better at finding the back of the net.

The Canadiens look to continue their success on offense against the Sabres as the Northeast Division rivals continue their season series Monday night.

Montreal (7-3-3) went 2-2-2 to open the season, failing to score more than three goals in any of those contests. But a 4-2 victory over the Sabres on Oct. 20 triggered a 5-1-1 surge, and the Canadiens are tied with Carolina for the most goals in the NHL during that span with 29.

Montreal has scored four or more goals four times since facing Buffalo (5-6-1) and also has four or more goals in each of its last five games against the Sabres, going 4-1-0 in that span.

But Montreal suffered a letdown Saturday, losing 3-2 to Toronto.

Mike Komisarek scored his first goal of the season and Christopher Higgins recorded his sixth for the Canadiens. Higgins took a season-high eight shots, and is among the league leaders with 50.

The fourth-year winger is on pace for 315 shots, which would be the most by a Montreal player since Guy Lafleur had 323 in a 50-goal season in 1979-80.

"He works really hard, he battles in the corners and he crashes the net," Canadiens center Saku Koivu said of Higgins. "Basically, he does exactly what you need to do to get scoring chances. He's put up some solid numbers this season."

Koivu leads Montreal with 14 points (four goals, 10 assists). He has five goals and nine points in his last 10 games against Buffalo.

The Sabres have allowed eight goals in their last two games, going 0-1-1 after winning their previous two. A 4-2 loss to Florida on Friday night dropped last season's President's Trophy-winners dropped below .500 for the third time already this season.

"It's pretty frustrating right now," Buffalo defenseman Brian Campbell said.

Buffalo defenseman Jaroslav Spacek has missed six of his last seven games because of a shoulder injury, and his status is uncertain.

Nolan Pratt, meanwhile, made his debut for the Sabres on Friday to help make up for Spacek's absence. Pratt, who signed a one-year deal Thursday, blocked three shots but was limited to three shifts in the third period because of a groin injury.

Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said Pratt's injury isn't serious.

Thomas Vanek and Jochen Hecht scored for the Sabres on Friday. Vanek has two goals and five points in his last four games, and three goals and five points in his last four against Montreal.

Vanek recorded an assist on one of Buffalo's two goals in its last meeting with Montreal. Roman Hamrlik had a goal and two assists, and Bryan Smolinski and Kyle Chipchura also had goals for the Canadiens.

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