Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Sabres End Record 14-Game Losing Streak with 3-2 Win over Canadiens

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Sabres End Record 14-Game Losing Streak with 3-2 Win over Canadiens

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Sabres end losing run with 3-2 win over Habs

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MONTREAL - The long drought is over for the Buffalo Sabres.

The Sabres scored three times in the opening period and Jonas Enroth made 32 saves in a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens that ended a franchise record 14-game losing streak on Tuesday night.

Players raised their arms in triumph as they gathered around Enroth after the team's first victory since a shootout win Dec. 27 against the New York Islanders and a first regulation time win in 21 games since a 4-3 effort on Dec. 11 against the Calgary Flames.

"I hope it allows us to relax a bit," said Buffalo defenceman Josh Gorges. "Just go out and play. Not think about all the bad things that could happen. Just go out there and play the game, have some fun doing it and, hopefully, get some confidence back."

Former Canadiens captain Brian Gionta, who signed with Buffalo last summer, got the game-winner late in a three-goal first period for the Sabres (15-33-3), who remain last overall in the NHL. Drew Stafford and Matt Moulson also scored.

Brandon Prust and David Desharnais replied for the Canadiens (32-15-3), who lost a second game at home in a row.

Montreal had a 34-18 shot advantage.

In Buffalo's post-game dressing room, the mood was of relief.

"It's been a frustrating couple of weeks, no doubt," said Gorges. "We've had games where we play well in spurts, but then we'd always find a way to beat ourselves.

"We had mental lapses that cost us. And when you get in those situations you become a bit of a fragile team, especially as young as we are. Any time adversity hit during a game we seemed to crumble. So to get this win takes a bit of weight off us."

The Sabres won three of four meetings and took seven of eight points from Montreal this season.

"For some reason we played well against them this year," said Gionta. "But at this point, it was more about getting the win and getting on the right track. …

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