Outshot, outplayed, outclassed and outscored.  That was the Buffalo Sabres in a 7-4 loss against the Montreal Canadiens Saturday night in Montreal; their 11th straight loss on the road.  And with that loss the Sabres are officially out of the playoffs.

The Sabres were careless with the puck and made way too many defensive mistakes, leaving too many men uncovered.  Whether they can't play defense or won't; it's been a season-long question.

Carter Hutton was under fire all game long.  The Canadiens finished with 43 shots on goal, 20 in the second period.  And that was one game after giving up 45 shots against Toronto.

Sam Reinhart opened the scoring giving Buffalo a 1-0 lead, but the Canadiens turned it up in the second period scoring four times, two of them coming off turnovers at the other end of the ice.

Alex Nylander scored his second goal since being called up from Rochester.  Marco Scandella and Jack Eichel had the other Buffalo goals.  Eichel's goal was the first of his career against Montreal and with it he now has scored against every team in the NHL.

Sabres are at New Jersey on Monday night.


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