Sabres outskate Canadiens 3-1

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – Daniel Briere faked out a defenseman and then did the same to the goalie to score on a breathtaking rush, sealing the Buffalo Sabres’ 3-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night.

Tim Connolly had a goal and assist and Maxim Afinogenov set up two goals for Buffalo (49-24-6), which tied a franchise record for victories set in 1974-75. Taylor Pyatt also scored and Ryan Miller stopped 27 shots – including 15 in the final period – in helping the playoff-bound Sabres inch closer to securing fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

With three games left, Buffalo moved seven points ahead of idle fifth-place Philadelphia.

Sheldon Souray scored for Montreal, which remains three points from clinching back-to-back postseason berths for the first time since 1997 and 1998.

Briere, with his 25th of the season, sealed the victory with a strong individual effort to put the Sabres ahead by two goals two minutes into the third period.

Briere burst up the right side and crossed the blue line with Souray the only Canadiens’ defender back. Faking right, Briere cut into the middle catching, Souray flat-footed.

Driving in alone, Briere faked left and went right, jamming the puck in between the post and goaltender Cristobal Huet’s outstretched pad.

The Sabres scored twice in the first period.

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