The Canadiens outshot the Sabres 32-11 over the first two periods en route to a 5-1 win over Buffalo at First Niagara Center on Thursday.
Rene Bourque opened the scoring 6:43 into the game, capping off a 3-on-1 break for Montreal. Bourque tapped a Brian Gionta pass over a sprawling Miller to give the Canadiens the early 1-0 lead. The Habs made it 2-0 nearly four minutes later on rookie Alex Galchenyuk's 6th of the season. Galchenyuk gathered up the puck and lifted it over Miller's right pad to give Montreal a two-goal advantage heading into the second period.
Another first-year player put the Canadiens up 3-0 4:36 into the second. Brendan Gallagher swept around Miller's left side and poked the puck into the net for his 12th goal of the season. Later in the period, Andrei Markov made it 4-0 during a 5-on-3 power play chance with both Mike Weber and Jochen Hecht in the penalty box.
Jhonas Enroth entered the net for the final frame, spelling Ryan Miller who had made 28 saves through the first two periods. Brian Flynn got Buffalo on the board for the first time at 6:45 of the third, finishing off a shorthanded 2-on-1 odd-man rush with Kevin Porter. P.K. Subban put the Canadiens back up by four with a late power play goal.
Buffalo has now dropped two games in a row with the Flyers coming to town on Saturday. Hear the call on WGR 550 at 3 p.m., pregame at 2 p.m.
6:43 - MTL - Rene Bourque (6) (Brian Gionta, Tomas Plekanec)
10:27 - MTL - Alex Galchenyuk (6) (Michael Ryder)
6:47 - BUF - Patrick Kaleta (5 min., fighting)
6:47 - MTL - Brandon Prust (5 min., fighting)
7:52 - BUF - Adam Pardy (2 min., holding)
4:36 - MTL - Brendan Gallagher (12) (David Desharnais, Max Pacioretty)
17:54 - MTL - Andrei Markov (PPG) (8) (P.K. Subban, Michael Ryder)
7:59 - BUF - Nathan Gerbe (2 min., elbowing)
12:49 - BUF - Steve Ott (5 min., fighting)
12:49 - MTL - Francis Bouillon 5 min., fighting)
16:05 - BUF - Mike Weber (2 min., delay of game - puck over glass)
17:08 - BUF - Jochen Hecht (2 min., high sticking)
19:08 - MTL - Brandon Prust (2 min., tripping)
6:45 - BUF - Brian Flynn (SHG) (5) (Kevin Porter)
5:37 - BUF - Luke Adam (2 min., tripping)
7:48 - BUF - Bench penalty (2 min., too many men on ice - served by Tyler Ennis)
9:34 - MTL - Brendan Gallagher (2 min., goalkeeper interference)
16:13 - BUF - Jochen Hecht (2 min., holding)
MTL - Peter Budaj (14 saves, 15 shots)
BUF - Ryan Miller (28 saves, 32 shots)
BUF - Jhonas Enroth (9 saves, 10 shots)
MTL - 2 of 8
BUF - 0 of 2
1.) MTL - P.K. Subban (1 G, 1 A)
2.) MTL - Michael Ryder (0 G, 2 A)
3.) MTL - Brendan Gallagher (1 G, 0 A)