Canadiens rout Sabres, clinch playoff berth
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Montreal got goals from five different players and Peter Budaj made 14 saves to help the Canadiens clinch a playoff spot with a 5-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres.
The win also moved Montreal into first place in the Northeast Division, one point ahead of Boston after the Bruins lost to the Islanders on Thursday.
Brendan Gallagher, Rene Bourque, Alex Galchenyuk, Andrei Markov and P.K. Subban all lit the lamp for the Canadiens, who have won six of their last eight.
Brian Flynn scored the lone goal of the game for the Sabres, who have dropped two straight after a three-game winning streak. Ryan Miller gave up four goals on 32 shots over the first two periods, while Jhonas Enroth stopped 9-of-10 shots in the third.
Buffalo is on the outside of the playoff race, as the team is six points back of the eighth-place Rangers with seven games to play.
04/11 22:19:53 ET