BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Canadiens goaltender Carey Price made the big save when needed to extend Montreals winning streak. Price made 24 saves, including a key stop against Marcus Foligno, in Montreals 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night. "He gives us a chance to win every night," said Canadiens coach Michel Therrien, whose team has won four straight. "Hes been phenomenal this year and he deserves a lot of credit." Montreal lead 2-1 when Foligno pounced on a turnover and found himself alone with Price, but the Canadiens goaltender stuck out his left pad to deny the winger and preserve Montreals lead. "We had a trailer on him, pulling him tight and he just tried to outreach me and I got a toe on it," Price said. Alex Galchenyuk, David Desharnais and Brendan Gallagher scored for the Canadiens, who were paced by their NHL-best road power play. Matt Moulson scored for Buffalo and Ryan Miller made 28 saves as the Sabres lost their fifth consecutive game in regulation. The Montreal power play continues to thrive under defenceman Andrei Markov. He had two of his three assists with the man advantage as the Canadiens converted on 2 of 4 opportunities. "Hes such a smart player," Therrien said. "He sees the ice well. Hes got experience and his conditioning is great because hes put a lot of effort at it." The defenceman said the power plays success is coming from good team movement. "The power plays about a unit of five," Markov said. "Your five guys on the ice have to work together and we try to move the puck and put the puck in the net." Montreal scored first at 17:21 of the first when Lars Eller slid a drop pass to Markov, who caught Miller out of the net. Markovs shot deflected off Galchenyuk and into the goal. It marked Markovs fourth straight game with a point. The Sabres briefly lost Moulson when the left wing was hit into the boards by P.K. Subban midway through the second period. Subban was not penalized, and the Canadiens earned a power play when Foligno was unsuccessful in an attempt to fight Subban. On the ensuing power play, Subban fired a slap shot from the left point that Desharnais deflected past Miller to put the Canadiens up 2-0 at 13:44 of the second. The goal was Desharnais second in three games after failing to score in his first 20 games of the season. He became the 12th Canadiens player to score a power-play goal this season. "In the last two weeks hes played well," Therrien said. Hes competing well. Hes working hard at both sides of the ice." Buffalo got even with Subban late in the second period when Drew Stafford put the defenceman on the ice before finding Moulson, who beat Price to make it 2-1 at 17:30 of the second. Brendan Gallagher restored the Canadiens two-goal lead at 18:16 of the third, when his one-time shot beat Miller for a power-play goal. The Sabres are 1-5 under interim head coach Ted Nolan, who says hes seeing signs from a struggling team thats won just twice in 14 home games. "The one thing we asked our team to do is compete, and we competed," Nolan said. "When things are difficult, its easy to point fingers, but this group is really starting to pay attention. Were making strides in the right direction." The Canadiens third-best road penalty killing unit did the job, holding off the Sabres on a four-minute power play in the first period. The game was Buffalos fifth straight allowing at least one power-play goal. Douglas Murray left the ice for stitches after a lengthy third-period fight with Sabres enforcer John Scott opened a large cut above his left eye. NOTES: The Sabres were awarded RW Matt DAgostini off waivers from Pittsburgh earlier Wednesday. ... Canadiens RW Rene Bourque missed his fourth game with a lower body injury ... Montreal extended assistant general manager Rick Dudleys contract before the game after Buffalo had requested permission to interview him for their vacant general manager position. Jacob Markstrom Jersey
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Montreal won the best-of-seven series 4-0 and now face a long wait for the Eastern Conference semifinal against the winner of the Boston-Detroit series. Pacioretty, who played for the United States at the Sochi Olympics in February, is glad for the rest. "Going to Sochi and not having much time off, I feel this is going to be a good chance for me to get in the weight room and find some strength for round two," he said. "We have to take advantage of it and try to stay sharp as a group at the same time," added Canadiens captain Brian Gionta. It was Montreals first sweep since they took out the Buffalo Sabres in four in 1993 en route to the last of their 24 Stanley Cups. The Canadiens built a 3-1 lead on goals from Daniel Briere, Lars Eller and Brendan Gallagher between one by Tampa Bays Ondrej Palat. But the Bolts amped up the pressure in the third period and tied the game through Victor Hedman and Tyler Johnson. The officials had swallowed their whistles through most of the third frame, but referee Chris Lee was left with little choice with Cedric Paquettes clear trip on Michael Bournival with 2:11 left to play, a foul that could have caused an even more controversial turnover. Pacioretty was at the doorstep to whack a Thomas Vanek rebound past Kristers Gudlevskis for the game-winner. "Im not going to worry too much about that penalty," said the rookie Paquette, who had been a ball of energy for Tampa Bay all game. "They didnt call anything all game long. It just happened at the wrong time. He fell, and they called it. Ill just have to learn from that." Lightning star Steven Stamkos didnt like the call either, but didnt dispute the Canadiens had the better of the play for most of the series against the rookie-laden Bolts lineup. "We played like we had nothing to lose in the third," said Stamkos. "We were the better team. "It was tough to see a penalty called at that time in the game. I thought the referees did a good job of putting their whistles away and letting us play in the third. But a play 200 feet from our net gets called. Its a tough way to lose -- a power play goal with under a minute left to play in the game. "But we learned a lot about what it takes to win in the playoffs. Lets not kid ourselves: they were the better team for most of the series." For a second straight game, the Bell Centre was at a fever pitch with old-time popp star Ginette Reno singing the Canadian anthem.dddddddddddd But while it took Rene Bourque only 11 seconds in to score the first goal in Game 3, this time it took 2:24 for Briere to open the scoring. The Lightning defence abandoned the front of their net to chase Dale Weise in a corner and left Briere alone in front to score his first of the series and 51st playoff goal of his career. The 36-year-old Briere, whose mother played Reno records in their home when he was growing up, had shaken hands with the Quebec pop diva as she left the ice. "I guess she gave me a little energy when she walked off the ice and shook my hand," said Briere. "It worked on the first shift. "Maybe we could get a little seat for her right by the bench so she can touch all the guys." The Canadiens had a 15-6 shot advantage in the period and made it 2-0 when Gionta picked Paquettes pocket in the neutral zone and sent Eller in on the left side to blast a low shot past Anders Lindback. The Lightning caught a break while killing a penalty at 4:32 of the second frame when Alexei Emelin misplayed a puck behind the net and Palat swept around and pushed the puck in among a pile-up of players. The goal stood up to video review. But only 1:10 later, Tomas Plekenec sent Gallagher in on the right side to wrist a shot in off the post to restore the two-goal lead. The 21-year-old has five goals in nine career playoff games. That chased Lindback, who allowed three goals on 20 shots, in favour of Gudlevskis, who made 16 saves before Pacioretty finally beat him. There were flashbacks to Sochi as Gudlevskis was the goalie who threw a scare into Canada with a 55-save effort in Latvias 2-1 defeat. Carey Price was to goalie in the opposite net in that game as well. "Hes a very good goaltender," said Price. "He made a few good stops, but we were hungry and found a way to put one in. "They were playing desperate. They came at us with a lot of speed. Desperate teams tend to get more breaks, for some reason." Added Pacioretty of Gudlevskis: "It would have been a nice story. Hes a competitor and hes had a lot of success this year. My job was the make sure it wouldnt be a story and it didnt change the series." The Lightning poured it on in the third and Hedman scored at 3:29 by banking a shot in off Price from behind the net. Three minutes later, J.T. Brown threw a pass in front that went off P.K. Subbans skate right to Johnson for a goal on a quick shot from close range. Then Pacioretty ended it, giving each of Montreals four lines one goal. It was only the second power play goal of the series for the Canadiens. "I knew I had to step up," Pacioretty said. "Ive been frustrated lately and the only thing that kept me sane was the team winning and other people scoring. "When you realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment and thats what happened." Notes: The Lightning pulled Radko Gudas, who has a suspected lower body injury, and Tom Pyatt from the lineup and put in Mike Kostka and Keith Aulie. . . Montreal made no changes. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys
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