Lehner, Price put on a show late in Montreal

The Sabres goaltender made 36 saves in a nice bounce back performance following his midweek meltdown in Toronto.
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The Hockey News

The Hockey News

Both goaltenders put on quite a show in the final minutes of Saturday’s game between the Buffalo Sabres and Montreal Canadiens.

With 6.3 seconds remaining in regulation, and the game tied 2-2, Sabres defenceman Rasmus Ristolainen had an excellent opportunity to give Buffalo a 3-2 victory, but was robbed by the glove hand of Price.

Then in overtime, Robin Lehner, who was making his first start since his meltdown in Toronto on Tuesday night, robbed Alex Galchenyuk of the game-winner 1:30 into the extra period.

Eighteen seconds later, Zach Bogosian netted the winner blowing a shot post and in past Price for his first goal of the season. It was Bogosian’s first goal since March 18, 2016.

Lehner finished with 36 saves for his 11th win of the season.

“I don’t know what happened,” Lehner told Sportsnet’s Arash Madani postgame. “I was kind of surprised myself. It was a good game, playing in this building is always fun. The energy is crazy and Price made some really big saves in the end of the third there and fortunate that I get to make one too."

Lehner allowed three goals on seven second period shots in the 4-3 loss to the Maple Leafs, but said he wasn’t feeling any extra pressure to get the win at the Bell Centre.

“It gets a little bit bigger than it is ‘cause it’s there in Toronto and that’s the name of the game,” he said. “I moved forward and tried to have a bounce back game today and it was nice to get the win today.”