Montreal Canadiens-Buffalo Sabres: Brian Gionta’s Goals Lead Habs Over Sabres

November 28th, 2010 by Kamal Panesar Leave a reply »
In the world of NHL hockey, panic is never a good thing. Not from the forwards, not from the defense, not from the goaltender and not from the coach.

So, a night after getting shut out and shut down by the surprising Atlanta Thrashers, Coach Martin, who has coached over 1,000 NHL games, decided to leave his lineup exactly the same.

I guess Martin's thinking was that the veteran core of the his team would ensure a better effort last night, whether he changed the lineup or not. And his veterans did not disappoint.

Led by the first line of Tomas Plekanec, Andrei Kostitsyn and Brian Gionta, the Habs dominated the first period in a game that looked like men against boys.

The Habs employed an aggressive two-man forecheck and used their speed to draw penalties and setup scoring chances. Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller was stellar in the net, stopping 19 of 20 first period shots fired his way, as the fiery Habs were intent to make up for a poor showing on Friday.

The Canadiens cashed in on a first period power play but became the defenders in the second period as the Sabres turned the tables on them. Outshooting the Habs 17-7, the ...

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