Series (Game 6 of 6)

Series tied 3-3

Game 1: Friday, October 15th
Game 2: Friday, November 5th
Game 3: Saturday, November 27th
Game 4: Tuesday, January 18th
Game 5: Tuesday, February 15th
Game 6: Tuesday, March 22nd

Sabres 2

(36-28-9, 81 pts)

Canadiens 0

(40-27-7, 87 pts)

Coverage: RDS

7:30 PM ET, March 22, 2011

Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

1 2 3 T
BUF 0 1 12
MTL 0 0 00

R. Miller (Sabres - G): Saves: 31, Save Pct.: 1.000

C. Price (Canadiens - G): Saves: 22, Save Pct.: .957

N. Gerbe (Sabres - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

Sabres-Canadiens Preview


Although Carey Price has been inconsistent in goal for the Montreal Canadiens the last two weeks, he has been very solid against the Buffalo Sabres this season.

Price, who could get the start after receiving a night off, hopes to help the Canadiens win for the ninth time in 12 games Tuesday night when they host a Sabres team trying to bounce back from a disheartening defeat.

Price was pulled in the first period in Friday's 6-3 loss to the New York Rangers after stopping just seven of 12 shots, and watched from the bench Sunday when backup Alex Auld made 30 saves in Montreal's 8-1 win over Minnesota.

P.K. Subban led the way in the Canadiens' most lopsided victory of the season, becoming the first Montreal rookie defenseman to have a hat trick. Five of Subban's teammates also scored as the Canadiens (40-26-7) won for the eighth time in 11 games and moved within one point of Northeast Division-leading Boston.

"Everything was going our way," Subban said. "The bounces went my way. The team did a great job creating the chances for me."

Auld has stopped 48 of 50 shots in the last two games, but seems unlikely to get another chance considering he has only made consecutive starts once this season.

Price has started 17 of the last 21 games for the Canadiens, and has alternated wins and losses in his last six, posting a 0.97 goals-against average with a shutout in the victories but a 5.22 GAA in the defeats.

The All-Star has been effective between the pipes in starting each game against the Sabres this season, going 3-0-2 with a 1.57 GAA. He has yielded two goals or fewer in all eight of his starts against Buffalo since the beginning of last season, boasting a .955 save percentage.

The Canadiens are 31-2-2 this season when Price allows no more than two goals, but both of those losses after regulation have come against the Sabres.

Montreal won the first three meetings this season with the Sabres before losing in overtime Jan. 18 and in a 10-round shootout Feb. 15. Seven of the last nine meetings have been decided by one goal.

Eighth-place Buffalo (35-28-9) trails the seventh-place Rangers by three points and owns a three-point cushion over Carolina for the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot. As far as the Sabres are concerned, however, that lead over the Hurricanes could have been four points.

After defeating Atlanta 8-2 on Saturday for its most lopsided victory of the season, Buffalo was on the verge of beating Nashville on Sunday, leading 3-1 with less than three minutes remaining in the third period. The Sabres promptly gave up two goals in 65 seconds and ended up losing 4-3 in overtime.

"It's stunning," coach Lindy Ruff said. "When you get up by two, and you've got a couple minutes left and you give up a point, that one really hurts."

Ryan Miller stopped 22 shots and allowed four goals for the second time in four starts. He has yielded at least three goals in six of his last eight starts after allowing two or fewer in each of his previous seven.

Miller is 1-2-0 with a 1.99 GAA against the Canadiens this season.