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GDT: Buffalo Sabres @ Montreal Canadiens 7:00pm EST

The Buffalo Sabres are starting to heat up again just as the NHL is about to shut down briefly.

The league-leading Sabres look for their third win in a row as they meet the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre on Saturday in the Northeast Division rivals' final game before the All-Star break.

The Sabres (33-11-4) had lost three games in a five-day span before defeating Boston 6-3 on Wednesday. They followed up that solid effort with a 4-3 shootout win over Northwest Division-leading Vancouver on Friday. Chris Drury's goal with 39.1 seconds to play in regulation sent the game into overtime, and Ales Kotalik scored the decisive shootout goal in the fourth round.

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Last Night in Buffalo !!!!

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -The Buffalo Sabres had just ended a tough stretch. Thanks to Ales Kotalik's decisive shootout goal, they didn't start a new one.

Maxim Afinogenov also scored in the shootout after Chris Drury forced extra time by scoring with 39.1 seconds left in regulation in a 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Friday night.

"Desperation was a big factor," said co-captain Daniel Briere, whose Sabres won their second straight after a 2-4-1 skid. "We wanted to know we're out of our funk. You don't want to win one game and then go back on a losing streak."

It wasn't easy. The Sabres overcame 2-1 and 3-2 deficits, and also killed off a Canucks power-play in overtime.

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Back to back games are tough for any team but playing this one on in Montreal will make it a little tougher.

The Sabres should still be able to pull it out but I wouldn't be surprised if Montreal took it.

With Ottawa playing Boston tonight the Canadiens will really be looking to keep pace with the Sens.

Campbell had two assists against Montreal the last time they played and has 15 points against them in his career, so hopefully he has a great game.

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Tonights Rosters, and Streaks

D Toni Lydman
D Jaroslav Spacek
C Derek Roy
R Ales Kotalik
C Jiri Novotny
L Daniel Paille
R Drew Stafford
C Adam Mair
C Chris Drury (C)
L Thomas Vanek
D Teppo Numminen (A)
C Paul Gaustad
R Jason Pominville
D Nathan Paetsch
D Dmitri Kalinin
C Daniel Briere (C)
D Brian Campbell
L Jochen Hecht
R Maxim Afinogenov
L Andrew Peters

Goals ( no players )

Games (Assists)
Brian Campbell - 2(2)
Daniel Briere - 2(3)
Jason Pominville - 2(2)
Maxim Afinogenov - 2(2)

Games (G - A - P)
Brian Campbell - 2(1-2-3)
Chris Drury - 3(1-2-3)
Daniel Briere - 2(0-3-3)
Jason Pominville - 2(1-2-3)
Maxim Afinogenov - 2(1-2-3)
Thomas Vanek - 2(1-1-2)

D Janne Niinimaa
D Michael Komisarek
C Saku Koivu (C)
C Radek Bonk
L Sergei Samsonov
R Mike Johnson
L Christopher Higgins
D Mathieu Dandenault
R Alex Kovalev
D Mark Streit
C Tomas Plekanec
C Maxim Lapierre
L Alexander Perezhogin
D Sheldon Souray (A)
R Aaron Downey
D Francis Bouillon
D Craig Rivet (A)
C Garth Murray
R Michael Ryder
D Andrei Markov
L Guillaume Latendresse

Goals NONE
Assists NONE
Points [Games (G - A - P)] NONE

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Teams are already starting to show their best and try to get good positioning before the All-Star break.

This will be a huge game for Montreal, with them only being 1 point up on Ottawa (who also plays tonight)

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19:30 PPG - SAKU KOIVU, Wrist Shot - Assists: ALEX KOVALEV and ANDREI MARKOV
06:48 GAUSTAD, P. : Hooking - 2 min
10:35 AFINOGENOV, M. : Hooking - 2 min
14:05 MARKOV, A. : Tripping - 2 min
16:32 RIVET, C. : Hi-sticking - 2 min
19:00 POMINVILLE, J. : Tripping - 2 min
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