After what could generously be classified as a
so-so outing in Philadelphia, the Habs rebounded with one of their best efforts
of the season, beating the Buffalo Sabres 3-0 on Saturday night. Montreal
scored a goal in each period and made it much easier on Jaroslav Halak in this
one. Ryan O’Byrne, Tom Pyatt, and Sergei Kostitsyn scored for the Habs.
HW 3 Stars of the Night:
1) Jaroslav Halak: Though he wasn’t the difference like in Philly, he
still played a very solid game and earned his second straight shutout. His
rebound control was strong and wasn’t really out of position at all in this one.
Statline: 60 minutes, 29 saves on 29 shots
2) Dominic Moore: After bringing an offensive punch to the 3rd
line upon being acquired, he had slowed down quite a bit as of late.
Tonight, he had his best game in a few weeks as his line had the best chances
all night long.
Statline: 2 assists, +2 rating, 1 takeaway, 40% faceoffs (4/10), 13:47
3) Ryan O’Byrne: He scored his first goal in 100 games, snapping that
streak in itself earns a spot as the 3rd star in this one. Played a steady
game as we’ve come to expect and played with more confidence in the offensive
Statline: 1 goal (GWG), +1 rating, 2 PIMS, 1 shot, 1 hit, 1 block, 15:01
HM) Maxim Lapierre: Though I’m tempted to put Tom Pyatt here as he scored
the 2nd period goal, I’m going to give it to Lapierre for the effort he put in
to generate that goal as well as other chances. His ice time was lower
than I’d have liked (given the score of the game) but he certainly made a
Statline: 1 assist, +1 rating, 5 PIMS, 2 shots, 1 hit, 80% faceoffs
(4/5), 8:46 TOI
Stat of the night: 0 – points combined for the forwards on Montreal’s top
2 lines. This is a game that the cavalry won which was nice to see but
this group needs to get it going.
In other news, though the Hamilton Bulldogs fell 4-3 in a shootout to Rochester
tonight, the point they earned gives them the AHL’s Western Conference regular