.A. Parenteau scored the winning goal in the shootout to give the Canadiens a 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night at the First Niagara Center.
The win, which snapped a three-game losing streak, gave the Canadiens their fourth shootout win and a 9-4-1 record. They regained the top spot in the Atlantic Division with 19 points. They are two points clear of Tampa Bay, but the Lightning has two games in hand.

Striking first: P.A. Parenteau opened the scoring when Michal Neuvirth left a big rebound on a shot by P.K. Subban at the 21-second mark of the third period. It was only the third time in 14 games that the Canadiens have scored first.

If at first you don’t succeed: The Sabres tied the score at 1-1 when Drew Stafford scored a power-play goal at 3:14 of the third period. The Sabres came into the game with the worst power play in the NHL and Stafford’s goal was only their second power-play goal of the season in 45 opportunities. As for the Canadiens, they merely have the league’s worst road power play. They went 0-for-1 and are 0-for-25 on the road this season and are 3-for-38 overall.

Who’s on first: The game was delayed after the first whistle when Michel Therrien questioned Buffalo coach Ted Nolan’s starting lineup. Therrien’s copy appeared to have six players circled as starters, but a check of the official scorer’s original copy had five circled players. The delay was the second-most interesting moment in a 0-0 period. Subban provided the highlight when he inadvertently shot on Tokarski in the final minute and followed it up with a scoring chance at the other end of the ice.