Yesterday, Buffalo Sabres were hosting Montreal Canadiens for the third matchup of four between these two teams this season. Habs won the first then the second. Dustin Tokarski was in front of the net for the Canadiens with Peter Budaj as his backup.
At the first period, Montreal Canadiens were holding a two goal lead. Dale Weise opened the scoring with his first as a Hab, followed by the 17th of the season by Brendan Gallagher. No story remains from the two other periods other than Brandon Prust dropping the gloves in a third straight game. But Prust only got a roughing on the play as Buffalo forward Cory Conacher was given 2 minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct.
None of the two teams were able to capitalize on the power play. Sabres dominated Montreal physically with 25 hits and only 10 by the Habs. Aas always, Canadiens blocked more shots than the team opposing them. Jhonas Enroth left the game with a lower body injury after making 20 saves on 22 shots. The young prospect Nathan Lieuwen joined the game, making his NHL debut. The young man saved all the 10 shots he faced in the remaining part of the 2nd period and the 3rd period.
Montreal Canadiens goalie Tokarski made 29 saves out of 29 shots to record his first career shutout and his second win in two games with the Habs. Alexei Emelin was named the 3rd star with two shots, two big hits and a differential of +2. Brendan Gallagher was the 2nd with his goal and 4 shots on goal. With no surpise, Dustin Tokarski was the proud 1st star of this slowly played game.
This makes it a 2 game winning streak for the Habs, I hope it will lead to a winning habit for them.