Canandiens Light Lamp Late, Stun Sabres
Elsewhere, Boyes' 40th leads Blues while Wild blank Canucks
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 29, 2008 2:22 AM CDT
Montreal Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec, front left, is congratulated by Andrei Kostitsyn, right, and Alex Kovalev, after scoring late in the third period against Buffalo on Friday, March 28, 2008.    (AP Photo/Don Heupel)
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(Newser) – Tomas Plekanec scored twice in the final 2:31, including the tying goal with 15 seconds remaining, and teammate Christopher Higgins scored in overtime as Montreal dealt Buffalo a serious blow to its playoff hopes with 4-3 victory. Mark Streit added three assists for the Canadiens, who took over first place in the Eastern Conference, reports AP. Also on the ice:

  • Brad Boyes picked a nice time for a milestone goal - his 40th - scoring the winner in overtime as St. Louis won at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Boyes and Paul Kariya each had three points
  • Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Brent Burns had power play goals for Minnesota and Niklas Backstrom made 28 saves in shutting out Vancouver, 4-0.