June 5, 2023
Allen shuts the door as Habs edge Sabres in shootout to avoid playoff elimination | CBC Sports

Allen shuts the door as Habs edge Sabres in shootout to avoid playoff elimination | CBC Sports

Michael Pezzetta scored the decisive shootout goal and the Montreal Canadiens avoided playoff elimination by rallying to a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night.

Brendan Gallagher forced overtime by scoring his 200th career goal in capping a 3-on-2 rush with a shot from the right circle 8:35 into the third period. Jordan Harris and Alex Belzile also scored for Montreal, and Jake Allen stopped 30 shots through overtime, while allowing one goal on six shootout attempts.

Montreal would have been eliminated from playoff contention for a second straight season — and two years removed from reaching the Stanley Cup Final — with any type of loss.

Lukas Rousek scored a goal and added an assist in his NHL debut for Buffalo, which dropped to 3-6-3 in its past 12 and blew a chance to move to within four points of the idle Pittsburgh Penguins, who hold the eighth and final playoff spot.

Defenseman Riley Stillman and JJ Peterka also scored for Buffalo, while Eric Comrie stopped 38 shots through overtime, and allowed two goals on six shootout attempts.

WATCH | Pezzetta wins it for Montreal:

Canadiens edge Sabres with Pezzetta’s shootout winner

Michael Pezzetta scores the decisive goal in the sixth round of the shootout and lifts Montreal to a 4-3 victory over Buffalo.

Pezzetta scored by driving in from the right circle to beat Comrie inside the far post. Buffalo’s Jack Quinn scored in the fourth shootout round, but was matched by Montreal’s Jesse Ylonen, whose shot from in tight managed to trickle in through Comrie.

Montreal blew two one-goal leads to fall behind 3-2 on Stillman’s goal at the 8:31 mark of the second period.

Gallagher scored on the fly by using Sabres defenceman Rasmus Dahlin as a screen to snap in a shot inside the far left post. With the goal, Gallagher tied Bobby Rousseau for 24th on the Canadiens career scoring list.

WATCH | Gallagher’s equalizer:

Canadiens’ Gallagher ties game in 3rd period with 200th career goal

Montreal forward Brendan Gallagher records the 200th goal of his career and ties the game against Buffalo at 3-3.

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