The skinny: One night after going on the road and beating the best team in the Eastern Conference, the Canadiens were hard-pressed to beat the worst team in the National Hockey League. The Buffalo Sabres played the Canadiens to a standstill for 50 minutes before Max Pacioretty scored at 10:53 of the third period and Montreal went on to post a 2-0 win Tuesday at the Bell Centre. Carey Price needed only 24 saves to post his fifth shutout of the season.

Milestone for Patch: Pacioretty's goal was his 32nd of the season — a team-high — but it was also his 100th career goal. Pacioretty went hard to the net and redirected a pass from Thomas Vanek. Buffalo goaltender Matt Hackett, who was making only his second start of the season, got a piece of the puck but was unable to keep it out.

Power outage: This was another one of those games in which the Canadiens struggled on the power play. They had three opportunities in the second period and generated only one shot on goal. In fact, they were outshot 2-1 after Drew Stafford went off in the first minute of the period. Former Canadien Matt D'Agostini received a double minor — two minutes for holding and two more for whining — but Montreal went four minutes without a shot. Daniel Brière scored a power play at 16:54 of the third period to give Montreal one goal on six opportunities. The Sabres were 0-for-2 on the power play.