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Canadiens top Sabres for 5th straight win

Updated at: 12/07/2013 10:36 PM
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(AP) MONTREAL - Brandon Prust and Tomas Plekanec each had a goal and an assist to lead the Canadiens over the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 on Saturday and extend Montreal’s win streak to five games.

Alex Galchenyuk also scored for the Canadiens. Carey Price made 23 saves for the win.

Tyler Ennis and Zemgus Girgensons scored for the Sabres. Jhonas Enroth stopped 16 shots.

With the win, Montreal also extended its point streak to 10 games.

Prust gave the Canadiens the lead in the second, scoring his third of the season 19 seconds into the period.

Prust started the play when he stole the puck from Matt D’Agostini at the Buffalo blue line before dishing it off to Travis Moen. Moen quickly passed it to Ryan White, who completed the tic-tac-toe play by passing to Prust in the slot.

The Sabres responded with increased pressure, and Ennis evened the score at 8:35. Ennis took a bouncing pass from Christian Ehrhoff and rifled the puck in the roof of the net.

Plekanec put the Canadiens ahead for good at 17:44, shooting the puck off the post and in the net despite being surrounded by three Sabres players.

Galchenyuk doubled the Canadiens’ lead 23 seconds later. Left alone to the left of Enroth’s goal, Galchenyuk made no mistake on a one-time shot for his eighth goal of the season.

Girgensons reduced the deficit at 4:04 of the third period after a great individual effort saw him control a bouncing puck, go around Canadiens defender P.K. Subban, and beat Price by poking the puck into the net.

The Canadiens have only lost once in regulation in the past 14 games (11-1-2), and have not allowed more than three goals in any game in that stretch.

Notes: Enroth got the start in net in place of Ryan Miller, who leads the league in losses with 16. ... Rene Bourque, who missed the past two games with an upper body injury, was again left out of Montreal’s lineup. George Parros and Francis Bouillon were healthy scratches. ... Montreal beat the Sabres 3-1 less than two weeks ago in Buffalo. The teams will meet twice more this season. ... The Canadiens take on the Los Angeles Kings at the Bell Centre on Tuesday.

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