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Sabres dumped 3-1 by Montreal

Buffalo, NY (WGR 550)  -- Welcome once again into the Ted Darling Memorial Press Box, high atop ice level at First Niagara Center. It is fair to say that the Buffalo Sabres have fallen back to earth since Ron Rolston was relieved of his coaching duties, and Ted Nolan was installed just a couple of weeks ago. The blue and gold are struggling to find consistency as they entertain the Montreal Canadiens tonight.

Buffalo hits the ice for its pre-Thanksgiving tilt after acquiring Matt D'Agostini off of waivers this afternoon. To clear room on the active roster, our Paul Hamilton is reporting that Corey Tropp has been waived. If he clears waivers, Tropp would join Rochester in the AHL. For more from today's pregame skate, click here for Paul Hamilton's pregame primer.

Be sure to chime in throughout the night in the thread below. I will add my two cents in between scoring plays as well. Also, be sure to give myself and Brian Koziol a follow on Twitter: @PatWGR and @BrianWGR.

First Period

18:11 - Luke Adam with the first quality chance of the night. He could not stop the bouncing puck to score, and instead his shot went wide of the net.

13:13 - Tyler Myers is noticably more aggressive with the puck early on again tonight. It has been good to see the still young rear guard pressing the play and try and create the rush. That is what made his so effective his rookie year, and if he wants to be anywhere close to that now he needs to start gaining that confidence.

12:06 - Buffalo is going on the power play for four minutes after Alex Galchenyuk clipped Steve Ott right in the forehead and drew blood. The Sabres captain raced right to the bench and went straight to the locker room.

7:49 - The entire four minutes were killed off by the Canadiens. Carey Price had to make one or two good saves, but in the end there was a whole lot of nothing from the blue and gold.

5:55 - Another almost for the blue and gold. They crank the post on the near side, and Price is saved.

2:39 - CANADIENS GOAL. What a pretty pass to the front of the net where Andrei Markov is able to break through the middle and slams the puck home for the first goal of the game. Buffalo is behind, despite having some of the better chances in the period. 1-0 MTL.

End of Period

Goal Summary

BUF: none
MTL: 17:21 - Alex Galchenyuk (6) (Andrei Markov, Lars Eller)

Penalty Summary

BUF: 19:16 - Matt Moulson (2 min., tripping)
MTL: 7:54 - Alex Galchenyuk (4 min., high sticking)

Shots on Goal

BUF - 4, MTL - 9

Second Period

12:51 - Adam with another glorious scoring opportunity that he cannot bury. Price misplayed the puck behind his net, the Buffalo forward had a chance to stuff it home but put the puck into the net minder's pad. Price should get credit for moving back into position, as well as the young forward for not burying the chance.

9:28 - There has been a scoring change on the Montreal goal from the first period. Alex Galchenyuk is now being credited with the score, his sixth of the season. Markov and Lars Eller received the assists.

6:16 - CANADIENS GOAL. Special teams continue to be a thorn in Buffalo's side. P.K. Subban took the shot from the point, and David Desharnais appeared to tip the shot past Ryan Miller to up the Montreal lead to two goals. 2-0 MTL.

2:30 - SABRES GOAL. A hard working shift by Drew Stafford helps cut Buffalo's deficit in half. The forward knocked P.K. Subban off of the puck, then fed it out to a wide open Matt Moulson in the slot and he did not miss. 2-1 MTL.

End of Period

Goal Summary

BUF: 17:30 - Matt Moulson (9) (Drew Stafford)
MTL: 13:44 - David Desharnais (2) PPG (P.K. Subban, Andrei Markov)

Penalty Summary

BUF: 12:25 - Marcus Foligno (2 min., roughing)
MTL: none

Shots on Goal

BUF - 9 (14), MTL - 7 (16)

Third Period

18:00 - A very shaky start to the final stanza for Buffalo. They could not get any offense going in the Montreal zone, but the Habs had a could whacks at the puck in front of Miller before the goalie held for a whistle. No damage done, and a chance to puck up some momentum off of the faceoff.

13:26 - After Foligno could not score the John Scott and Douglas Murray decided to scrap. The Montreal net became dislodged during a scrum in the crease, and Murray was bloodied by a few shots from Scott. The Canadiens defender ate some real hard punches.

8:43 - What a horrible twenty seconds of play by Tyler Myers to put Buffalo down a man. First, the defenseman turned the puck over in his own end to stiffle a breakout, then he boarded a Canadien behind the Sabres net and will sit for two minutes or less.

5:50 - Shots on goal are 13-7 this period in favor of Montreal. The Sabres were able to kill off Myers penalty but gave up a ton of shots.

1:44 - CANADIENS GOAL. Brendan Gallagher leaves no doubt as he buries a one-time chance in the slot from one knee. That should do it. 3-1 MTL.

End of Game

Montreal 3, Buffalo 1

Goal Summary

BUF: none
MTL: 18:16 - Brendan Gallagher (9) PPG (David Desharnais, Andrei Markov)

Penalty Summary

BUF: 6:34 - John Scott (5 min., fighting). 11:17 - Tyler Myers (2 min., boarding). 17:02 - Tyler Ennis (2 min., interference).
MTL: 6:34 - Douglas Murray (5 min., fighting).

Shots on Goal

BUF - 11 (25), MTL - 15 (31)

Final Thoughts

The blue and gold did a few good things in the game: Drew Stafford put in an honest effort, Ryan Miller's abilities should not be questioned, and Ville Leino seems to have a new jump in his step. The bad news is, however, that it still results in a loss. Too many penalties were once again the story. Surrenduring 7 power play goals in the last 5 games in unacceptable. It looked like the Sabres dodged a bullet when they killed off Myers' minor, but then Ennis took a bad penalty and the Habs salted the game away. Next up is a Friday night matchup with the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7:30 p.m. Pregame coverage on the flagship home of the Sabres Radio Network - WGR Sports Radio 550 begins at 6:30 p.m. with Schopp and the Bulldog.

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