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Roy, Lalime help Sabres end skid, top Canadiens

Mar 5, 2009 - 3:51 AM
BUFFALO, New York (Ticker) -- Derek Roy scored two goals and Patrick Lalime made 38 saves as the Buffalo Sabres cruised to a 5-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.

Paul Gaustad also netted a pair of goals and defenseman Jaroslav Spacek recorded a goal and an assist for the Sabres, who snapped a three-game losing streak and won for the fourth time in 11 contests.

"It was a huge game," Roy said. "We know we're trying to catch teams in the standings right now and every two points is huge. I think going out and putting a team effort, both defensively and offensively was great to see."

"It's good this time of year, every win we can get," Lalime added. "We're all working at this together and we all want to get in the playoffs."

The Canadiens entered the contest on a four-game winning streak but were forced to start All-Star goaltender Carey Price instead of red-hot Jaroslav Halak, who is recovering from the flu.

Price, who has struggled since injuring his ankle over three months ago, had another rough outing in this one. The 21-year-old turned aside 22 shots.

"I didn't feel that great, to be honest," said Price, who has not won in over a month. "I felt a little rusty, but I have to play better. I've been working hard in practice, but it's just not working."

Despite being badly outshot at the time, Buffalo opened the scoring with 2:07 remaining in the first period on the man advantage. After Spacek's shot failed to get through the traffic in front of the net, Roy unleashed a backhander past Price.

Roy doubled the Sabres' advantage at 2:59 of the middle session, taking a centering pass from Daniel Paille in the slot and beating Price with a one-timer for his 24th goal of the season.

Spacek made it 3-0 at 9:07 of the second after forcing a turnover at center ice, deking blue-liner Roman Hamrlik and blasting a slap shot past Price on the glove side. Gaustad added a power-play and shorthanded goal in the final session to provide a five-goal bulge.

"Everybody steeped up. It was a big win," Spacek said. "We had a couple of days to rest and we jumped them. We started out a little bit slow in the beginning but after the first goal, I think we took over and played a great game."

Lalime's shutout bid was ended with 66 ticks to play on Tomas Plekanec's goal. Lalime still collected his first home win since joining Buffalo this offseason and his first victory overall in this calendar year.

"I'm feeling good out there," Lalime said. "I made some saves and I thought we responded well. Big goal at the end of the period and the power play, penalty kill - I thought we played our game."

"He's been playing great behind us these last three games," Gaustad said of Lalime. "We just haven't played well in front of him. I felt bad for him, he's been playing great for us."

Thomas Vanek, who leads the Sabres with 32 goals this season, returned to the lineup after missing the previous nine games with a fractured jaw.








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MONTREAL 0 0 1 1
    BUFFALO 1 2 2 5 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: BUF - (PP) DEREK ROY 23 (JAROSLAV SPACEK, TIM CONNOLLY)
    17:53
    2ND PRD: BUF - DEREK ROY 24 (DANIEL PAILLE) 2:59
    BUF - JAROSLAV SPACEK 7 (UNASSISTED) 9:07
    3RD PRD: BUF - (PP) PAUL GAUSTAD 8 (CRAIG RIVET, MAXIM AFINOGEN

    Mar 4 10:01 PM


  • NHL
    MONTREAL 1
    BUFFALO 5
    3RD PRD: MON - TOMAS PLEKANEC 18 (ROMAN HAMRLIK) 18:50

    Canadiens 1, Sabres 5  3rd - 1:10Mar 4 10:00 PM


  • NHL
    MONTREAL 0
    BUFFALO 5
    3RD PRD: BUF - (SH) PAUL GAUSTAD 9 (UNASSISTED) 11:03

    Canadiens 0, Sabres 5  3rd - 8:57Mar 4 9:48 PM


  • NHL
    MONTREAL 0
    BUFFALO 4
    3RD PRD: BUF - (PP) PAUL GAUSTAD 8 (CRAIG RIVET, MAXIM AFINOGENOV)
    6:10

    Canadiens 0, Sabres 4  3rd - 13:50Mar 4 9:35 PM
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    Canadiens 0, Sabres 3  3rd - 14:02Mar 4 9:33 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MONTREAL 0 0 0
    BUFFALO 1 2 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: BUF - (PP) DEREK ROY 23 (JAROSLAV SPACEK, TIM CONNOLLY)
    17:53
    2ND PRD: BUF - DEREK ROY 24 (DANIEL PAILLE) 2:59
    BUF - JAROSLAV SPACEK 7 (UNASSISTED) 9:07
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --

    Mar 4 9:07 PM


  • NHL
    MONTREAL 0
    BUFFALO 3
    2ND PRD: BUF - JAROSLAV SPACEK 7 (UNASSISTED) 9:07

    Canadiens 0, Sabres 3  2nd - 10:53Mar 4 8:50 PM


  • NHL
    MONTREAL 0
    BUFFALO 2
    2ND PRD: BUF - DEREK ROY 24 (DANIEL PAILLE) 2:59

    Canadiens 0, Sabres 2  2nd - 17:01Mar 4 8:39 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MONTREAL 0 0
    BUFFALO 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: BUF - (PP) DEREK ROY 23 (JAROSLAV SPACEK, TIM CONNOLLY)
    17:53
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MON 18 18
    BUF 10 10
    GOALIES: MON - CAREY PRIC

    Mar 4 8:16 PM


  • NHL
    MONTREAL 0
    BUFFALO 1
    1ST PRD: BUF - (PP) DEREK ROY 23 (JAROSLAV SPACEK, TIM CONNOLLY) 17:53

    Canadiens 0, Sabres 1  1st - 2:07Mar 4 8:14 PM