Bad penalties once again cost the Montreal Canadiens
points in the standings on Monday night.
Moments after the Canadiens had just tied the game for the second time in the third period, Glen Metropolit
and Ryan O'Byrne
were whistled for penalties just 37 seconds apart, Clarke MacArthur
scored on the power play with just 5:19 remaining as the Buffalo Sabres
earned a 4-3 win at the Bell Centre.
Montreal lost in overtime on Saturday night in Atlanta when Metropolit took a high-sticking penalty in the offensive zone in the final minute of the third period, which led to Ilya Kovalchuk's power-play goal in the extra session.
"They have good players on that team and they took advantage of it," Habs defenseman Hal Gill
said. "We have to kill those penalties, but on the other hand it's easier to kill them when you're not taking them."
, Patrick Kaleta
and Tim Kennedy
also scored for the Sabres, who have won four in a row and sit atop the Northeast Division at 20-9-2. Andrei Kostitsyn
had two goals and an assist and Mike Cammalleri
also scored for the Canadiens (15-16-3), who are winless in three games following a three-game winning streak.
allowed three goals for only the second time in his last 11 starts, but won his 19th game of the season with a 21-save effort. His biggest save came with only 19 seconds to play in the third period, as he robbed Cammalleri on a one-timer during a Montreal power play.
"I was just glad to get in the way," Miller said. "He probably missed it just a bit, probably wanted to go a little higher. He put it back into me just a little bit, but I was happy to get there in time to make a difference."
Minor controversy followed as the scoreboard clock did not start after the ensuing faceoff. At the next stoppage in play with just over seven seconds on the clock, the referees indicated the game was over.
"We had a little bit of panic going because we watched five or six seconds tick off before (the clock) even started," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "That would have been a heck of an ordeal to sort out if a goal went in. Needless to say we ended up winning the game and that ended up being irrelevant."
With the Sabres up 2-1 after two periods, Montreal tied it at 2:36 of the third with Kostitsyn's second of the game, 10 seconds after the Sabres were called for too many men on the ice. The Canadiens went 2-for-4 on the power play.
The Sabres grabbed the lead again 3-2 at 12:33 when Kennedy poked it past Jaroslav Halak
(23 saves) during a scramble in front. It was his fourth goal of the season.
But the Canadiens tied it just 18 seconds later as Cammalleri took a pass from Kostitsyn and fired it into the top corner from the right circle for his team-leading 18th tally.
"The one thing you really hate as a team to give up a goal right after you score, and we did that," Ruff said. "But we stayed grounded after that and went back to work."
Indeed the Sabres did, as they capitalized on Montreal's mental mistakes when Drew Stafford
found MacArthur alone at the edge of the crease for his 10th of the season at 14:41.
Material from wire services was used in this report.