The Sabers defeated the Canadians 3-2

Coach Martin St-Louis has often pointed out that sports can be cruel, and that was the case Wednesday night at the Bell Center.

Alex Tuch ended the tie with a shorthanded goal late in the second period, Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen stopped 29 shots and the Buffalo Sabers defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-2.

The Habs wanted to improve their game around their net. He only allowed one goal on a deflected shot. However, two further errors on the opposing blue line were costly.

“I thought we dominated in terms of scoring opportunities,” St-Louis said. The other goalkeeper saved some big balls. We conceded two goals in the second half that hurt. We did enough in the third period to tie the game and maybe even win the game, but that didn't happen. »

“We played well enough to win this game,” he added. Overall I'm happy with the game, but disappointed with the result. »

The game was punctuated by several good shoulder strikes and some scuffles. Arber

Xhekaj and Jayden Struble scored for the Canadian (22-26-8), who suffered their third defeat in a row.

“He probably played his most complete game,” St-Louis said of Xhekaj. He is a physical player who has good offensive talent. He has good attacking techniques. »

Joshua Roy had two assists and Samuel Montembeault made 20 saves.

“What he gave us five-on-five was excellent,” St-Louis said of Roy, who was rewarded for being sent to the ice at the end of the game. We know what he can do and have confidence in him. »

Nick Suzuki and Juraj Slafkovsky's point streaks were shortened to ten and eight games, respectively.

Girgensons and Jeff Skinner also scored for the Sabers (25-27-4).

“We made little mistakes and they [les Sabres] are opportunistic, said Montembeault. They scored points in the second third due to mistakes. But we played a good game. We worked hard in the 60 minutes. »

Striker Jesse Ylönen and defender Jordan Harris were back in the Canadian squad. Michael Pezzetta and Johnathan Kovacevic were left out.

Harris had missed the last three games because of a concussion he suffered on Feb. 11 against the St. Louis Blues. The Canadian will play again on Thursday when he visits the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Good hockey

The Canadiens' stars quickly threatened. Slafkovsky missed the target in the opening moments of the game after a nice pass from Suzuki.

The Habs captain then faced Luukkonen on a power play.

Montembeault also shone in the first half, especially stopping JJ Peterka, who escaped in the teams' four-on-four game.

The Canadian goalkeeper was lucky a little later when Dylan Cozens hit the post on a power play.

Xhekaj finally scored the first goal with 7:19 left in the first period. He beat Luukkonen with a powerful slap shot from the faceoff circle to the right of the Sabers goaltender.

“I felt good, I played physically and was able to support the attack,” said Xhekaj. I wanted to contribute and help the team win. »

Moments later, Montembeault received help from Mike Matheson to frustrate Skinner, who had just rounded the net after being forgotten by everyone.

The Sabers tied the game with 4:20 left in the second period. Girgensons skillfully deflected a shot from Henri Jokiharju into the goal.

2:15 later the Canadian took the lead again. Struble's shot deflected off Sabers forward Peyton Krebs before moving the string.

The Sabers responded again at 9:28 on the power play. A turnaround from Joel Armia allowed the visitors to mount a three-on-two counterattack. Montembeault stopped Cozens' first shot, but Skinner beat him with an accurate shot on the return.

Tuch then gave the guests the lead with 1:52 left in the second period. He scored on a shorthanded breakaway after a bad pass from Cole Caufield to Matheson went into the zone.

In the third third, the Canadian increased his attacks on the opposing net.

Roy had a great chance more than seven minutes into the game, but his shot narrowly missed the net after the puck slipped through Luukkonen's legs.

The Sabers goalie was also alert when Josh Anderson blocked a shot from Xhekaj with more than eight minutes left in the game.

The Canadian found himself on the power play late in the game. Even at six against four, he was unable to tie the game and force a tiebreaker.

His momentum was halted when Slafkovsky received his third minor penalty of the game with about 25 seconds left.

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