Canadiens edge Sabres in OT, 2-1

Sabres fall to Boston 2-1

MONTREAL -- Max Pacioretty scored at 3:08 of overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.

Pacioretty broke in alone and beat Chad Johnson with a backhand shot.

Andrew Shaw also scored for Montreal, and Charlie Lindgren made 34 saves to improve to 4-1-0. The Canadiens have won four of five to improve to 8-9-1.

Ryan O'Reilly scored for Buffalo. The Sabres were coming off a 4-1 home loss to Florida on Friday night.

Buffalo struck first on a power play with 6 seconds left in the first period when O'Reilly scored into an open side during a scramble in Lindgren's crease.

Montreal tied it on a power play 1:01 into the third when Shaw tipped Jonathan Drouin's wrist shot inside the right post.

Game notes

The Canadiens announced that goalie Al Montoya has a concussion and is out indefinitely. Montoya hasn't played since Nov. 4 in Winnipeg, although he dressed as backup to Lindgren for three games. Zach Fucale, called up Friday from AHL Laval, backed up Lindgren against the Sabres. No. 1 goalie Carey Price has missed five games with a lower-body injury. ... Josh Gorges returned after missing nine games for Buffalo and got into a first-period fight with Jordie Benn after taking a long run to put a hit on Brendan Gallagher.


Sabres: At Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.

Canadiens: Host Columbus on Tuesday night.

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