The Buffalo Sabres suffered their fifth straight defeat Wednesday night with a 3-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens.

It was David Desharnais’ power-play goal at 13:44 of the second period that spotted Montreal a 2-0 lead and they held off the Sabres the rest of the way.


The loss was the fifth in a row for the Sabres, whose 5-20-1 record has them at the bottom of the overall standings.


Galchenyuk scored his sixth goal of the season to give the Canadiens a 1-0 lead at 17:21. Andrei Markov’s shot from a Lars Eller pass deflected off Galchenyuk and went past Miller.


After Desharnais’ goal gave Montreal a two-goal lead, Matt Moulson cut the deficit back to one when he scored his ninth goal of the season at 17:30. Drew Stafford set the play up after he stole the puck from Subban and found Moulson alone in front for a one-timer that beat Carey Price.


It was Moulson’s first goal since he scored two in his debut with the Sabres on Oct. 28, one day after being acquired from the New York Islanders. The three-time 30-goal scorer had gone 11 games without scoring.


Brendan Gallagher added a power-play goal with 1:44 to play in the third for the Canadiens, his ninth goal of the season.


Price stopped 24 shots for the Canadiens. Miller made 28 saves.


The Sabres host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday.

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