The Canadiens scored twice in a 24-second span late in the second period to snap a 1-1 tie and went on the beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 Saturday night at the Bell Centre. Tomas Plekanec scored his 11th goal of the season at 17:44 and Alex Galchenyuk upped the count at 18:07.

Fourth-line steps up: After a first-period snorefest that saw the Sabres outshoot the Canadiens 5-4, Brandon Prust opened the scoring at the 19-second mark of the second period. He scored on a feed from Ryan White, who returned to the lineup after being a healthy scratch in three of the past four games. Prust set up Plekanec on the go-ahead goal, while Travis Moen collected a pair of assists.

Back on track: Galchenyuk has been limited to fewer than nine minutes in two of his four previous games, but head coach Michel Therrien moved him up a to a line with Plekanec and Brian Gionta in the second period and he scored his eighth goal of the season on a cross-ice pass from Andrei Markov. Galchenyuk had three shots on goal and was credited with a team-high five hits.

Priceless streak: Carey Price lost his shutout when Tyler Ennis tied the score at 1-1 at 8:35 of the second period and Zemgus Girgensons made it close when he fought off a check by P.K. Subban and scored at 4:06 of the third period. But Price stopped the other 23 shots aimed in his direction to post his seventh consecutive win. Price has allowed only 12 goals in that run and has improved his season record to 14-8-2. Jhonas Enroth, who had a 3-0 lifetime record against the Canadiens, made 16 saves. His record fell to 1-6-2.