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Tuesday, March 25th (All times Eastern)

Buffalo Sabres (20-43-8) at Montreal Canadiens (40-26-7), 7:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - Fresh off beating the hottest team in the NHL, the Montreal Canadiens will try to take care of the basement-dwelling Buffalo Sabres when the Atlantic Division foes meet Tuesday at the Bell Centre.

Montreal is home Tuesday after beating the Bruins on the road last night, ending Boston's 12-game winning streak in the process. Alex Galchenyuk scored the only goal in a four-round shootout to snap Boston's longest winning streak in 43 years.

Galchenyuk's forehand beat Tuukka Rask over the right pad to give the Montreal Canadiens a 2-1 win, ending the Bruins' streak two wins shy of a franchise record.

The Canadiens led most of the game after Alexei Emelin's goal 6:39 into the first period but Patrice Bergeron tied it for Boston with 5:26 remaining in regulation on a deflected shot.

Peter Budaj made 28 saves in regulation and overtime and stopped Bergeron, Jarome Iginla, Brad Marchand and David Krejci in the shootout to help Montreal win for the fifth time in six games.

The Canadiens enter Tuesday tied with Tampa Bay for second place in the Atlantic Division, but the Habs can take sole possession of that spot with the Lightning idle on Tuesday. The top three teams in each division earn automatic bids to the playoffs.

Montreal and the Lightning are seven points ahead of Detroit and Toronto for the Atlantic's last two automatic berths.

After downing the NHL-leading Bruins last night, Montreal is aiming to complete a season series sweep of the Sabres on Tuesday. The Habs are 3-0 against Buffalo in 2013-14, outscoring the NHL's worst team by an 8-3 margin along the way.

The Canadiens have taken four straight over the Sabres overall, but Buffalo does have seven wins in its last nine games at the Bell Centre.

Montreal winger Thomas Vanek will face his former team for the second time tonight. The sniper was traded from Buffalo to the New York Islanders back in October, but didn't play against the Sabres before being shipped to Montreal on March 5. Vanek finally returned to Buffalo on March 16 as a member of the Habs, but failed to register a point in Montreal's 2-0 win.

Carey Price expects to get the start for the Canadiens on Tuesday. Montreal's No. 1 netminder is 12-9-7 with a 2.00 goals against average and .933 save percentage in 28 career games against the Sabres.

The Habs will follow up Tuesday's home game by heading out on a four-game road trip that will see them visit Detroit, Florida, Tampa and Ottawa. Montreal has similar home and away records this season, going 20-12-5 at the Bell Centre and 20-14-2 everywhere else.

The Sabres, who are last in the NHL with 48 points, lost for the eighth time in nine games in their last trip to the ice, dropping Sunday's 4-2 decision in Vancouver. Buffalo had snapped a seven-game slide with Thursday's win in Edmonton, but failed to record consecutive victories for the first time since late February.

Buffalo scored twice in the first 3:29 of Saturday's game, but couldn't get another one past Canucks goaltender Eddie Lack, who made 18 saves for the win.

Nathan Lieuwen surrendered all four Vancouver goals on 36 shots, while Tyler Ennis and Jamie McBain recorded the early goals for Buffalo.

"You've got to play good all the time. That's a lesson to learn and something we have to do to move forward," Buffalo head coach Ted Nolan said.

The Sabres fell to 8-23-3 as the visiting team this season and will play the fourth part of a five-game road trip tonight. Buffalo is scheduled to close the swing Thursday in Nashville.

With goaltenders Jhonas Enroth and Michal Neuvirth still out with injuries, Matt Hackett expects to get the call in net on Tuesday.

03/25 11:02:39 ET

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Final
BRK 91
CHA 115
 
Final
DUKE 94
WAKE 51
 
Final
LOS 4
CWS 6
 
Final
CLE 4
CIN 2
 
Final
TEX 2
KAN 13
 
Final
SFG 2
OAK 9
 
Final
SEA 4
SDP 3
 
Final
MIL 8
WMIL 0
 
Final
COL 3
ARI 6
 
Final
MIN 3
UMIN 1
 
Final
IND 105
NYK 82
 
Final
ORL 100
PHO 105
 
Final
BRK 91
CHA 115
 
Final
TOR 112
CLE 120
 
Final
BOS 85
UTA 84
 
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MIN 85
DEN 100
Final
NOP 88
DET 85
 
Final
MIA 100
LAL 94
 
Final
HOU 100
MEM 102
 
Final
OKC 123
PHI 118
 
Final
SAN 112
SAC 85
 
2nd
GSW 25
MIL 19
 
1st
LAC 24
POR 27
 
Final
UNCA 80
LIB 70
 
Final
PSU 67
OSU 77
 
Final
USB 62
BING 57
 
Final
FORD 66
DUQ 81
 
Final
GMAS 51
GWU 67
 
Final
UNH 67
HART 63
 
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STJOE 55
LAS 50
 
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Terriers 79
LIU 70
 
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GTDNS 83
MAINE 66
 
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LOU 59
ND 71
 
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SHU 66
PROV 79
 
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BRY 91
SHU 85
 
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MORE 79
SEMIZ 74
 
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MNTER 58
RFLSH 73
 
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LSU 63
TENN 78
 
Final
SFLA 74
UCF 45
 
Final
VERM 66
UMBC 39
 
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RMU 91
WAGN 68
 
Final
UMASS 53
RICH 56
 
Final
TULA 63
HOU 68
 
Final
YALE 71
HOW 62
 
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PITT 63
MIAMI 67
 
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TXPA 48
NMST 69
 
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MSU 72
PURD 66
 
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STLU 48
BONA 64
 
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DUKE 94
WAKE 51
 
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TULSA 47
CIN 56
 
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VANDY 66
MSST 56
 
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OKST 82
TCU 70
 
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UCLA 85
USC 74
 
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WYO 76
UTST 53
 
2nd
MARQ 49
STJ 61
 
2nd
EILL 62
SIUE 53
 
Half
FRES 32
AFA 23
 
Half
NEV 32
COLST 41
 
Half
ILL 31
NEB 25
 
Half
SJST 21
BSU 38
 
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HAW
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Final
WIN 1
OTT 3
 
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DET 2
NYR 1
 
1st Intermission
ANA 1
MON 0
 
1st Intermission
COL 0
PIT 0