It wasn’t Montreal’s best game, but they managed to come away with two points in a 2-1 shootout victory over Buffalo.
The Canadiens needed to stop the bleeding after dropping their last three games, but outside of shootouts they haven’t won since Oct. 25. Their early season inability to finish games before the shootout might hurt later on as right now they would lose in a tiebreaker to division rivals Tampa Bay, Detroit, and Boston if it came down to ROW (regulation and overtime wins). They also haven’t scored more than two goals in any of their last six games.
Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau was the team’s offensive leader tonight, breaking the scoreless tie early in the third period and then beating Sabres goaltender Michal Neuvirth on the deciding goal of the shootout.
Goaltender Dustin Tokarski deserves a lot of credit for this win though as he turned aside 31 of 32 shots in regulation. Although Montreal has used him sparingly, he’s provided the Canadiens with quality starts whenever Carey Price needs a breather.
With this loss, Buffalo has now fallen to 3-9-2 this season.