'Brian Campbell skated a season-high 32:44 and blocked seven shots in Friday's loss to Montreal.'
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'"It was an intense, low-scoring game," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "They took a lot of ice away. We took a lot away. I thought we garnered the momentum of the game except for a small span in the third period. Both goalies made key saves, especially Ryan in the third period."'
'"There's a lot of learning yet to do," coach Lindy Ruff said. "We haven't had a lot of practice time for them, and the way the games have been going, the ice time just hasn't been there. They're first-year pros. They have a long ways to go. They've filled in when we've needed them. We'd like to get them more ice time, but at certain times that hasn't been available."'
'Throw in the fact that Buffalo doesn’t have a West coast swing and that 10 of the team’s 14 games in January are against teams that failed to reach the postseason last year and it hits you like a Zamboni — Buffalo might get better as the season progresses.'
'According to Sabres coach Lindy Ruff, Roy still doesn’t have the strength to grasp a stick and he isn’t expected back when the Sabres play at the New York Rangers on Sunday.'
‘This is a team with a few stars, but no superstars, a collection of players who understand that it’s important to play together.’
'The Canadiens would tie it eight minutes into the third as Saku Koivu would slip the puck under Ryan Miller and that’s how regulation would end as the game would head into overtime tied 1-1. The two teams would trade great chances in overtime, but Montreal defenseman Sheldon Souray would snap a wrist shot over Miller with just one second left for the 2-1 win.'
'Besides ending a four-game skid against Buffalo, the Canadiens also enjoyed a bit of payback. The come-from-behind win helped make up for Montreal's season-opening 5-4 shootout loss at Buffalo last month, a game in which the Canadiens squandered three two-goal leads. "You always want to get those back," Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau said.'
'Souray took two strides toward the net, and somehow snuck a wrister past Miller, who appeared to have the near side sealed off with his pads and body. "I knew it was late but I have to make a play," Miller said. "Regardless if the buzzer goes, he shoots, stand in there. I was focused on Kovalev, a little bit about the clock that he would try and make a move, get a shot. He hit the trailer. It was a pretty good shot."'
'"We could have had two [points] tonight and we shouldn't be happy with one," said head coach Lindy Ruff.'
'The Montreal Canadiens saved their best for last. After playing rope-a-dope for most of the night, they delivered an uppercut that staggered the Buffalo Sabres in the third period and then knocked them out in overtime in a 2-1 victory on Friday night at HSBC Arena.'
'With not much to distinguish between the collective speed in each team's arsenal, the Montreal game plan of filling the neutral zone with obstacles with which to disrupt the Sabres' end-to-end transition game, and playing a more physical brand in outhitting Buffalo (25-12), proved very effective in throwing the Eastern Conference leader out of their comfort zone.'