To make matters worse, it seems more players are getting carted off on stretchers this year than ever before
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MONTREAL - Carey Price played his heart out, but it was rival goaltender Ryan Miller who came away with a record-tying victory. Miller made 27 saves to pick up his 234th win as a Sabre, tying Dominik Haseks team record, as Buffalo beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 on Tuesday night. Price was spectacular in the net for Montreal (19-22-9), making 37 saves in a losing cause. "I knew I was close because Ive been sitting on it way too long, considering where I was at the start of the season," said Miller, who is 13-15-2 with the struggling Sabres this season. "Its nice." "Itll be something to smile about looking back on my career later on. Im going to take it for what it is because I think Dom would have won a few shootouts in his day, so I think we can safely say Dom would have had a few more wins. Ill keep plugging way for the regulation wins." Paul Gaustad, back after missing three games with an upper body injury, had the winning goal in the third period and added two assists for Buffalo (21-24-5). He also ignited a skirmish at the end of the game with a comment to Montreals Max Pacioretty, which some players said was "Wheres Chara" - a reference to the Boston defenceman who sent Pacioretty to hospital with fractured vertebrae with a hit into a stanchion late last season. A Montreal player apparently shot back a remark about Gaustads failure to come to Millers aid after he was flattened by Bostons Milan Lucic early this season. "He said something that upset me, so I think it went tit for tat," said Gaustad. "Im not a guy that talks about stuff on the ice to the media, so Im just going to leave it at that. "He said something that upset me along the exact same lines, so if hes got a problem with it he can handle it with me next game." Ville Leino, with his first goal since Dec. 7, and Patrick Kaleta, with an empty-net goal, also scored for Buffalo, which has won two in a row since ending a five-game losing streak. The Sabres are 3-0-0 against Montreal this season. Pacioretty had the lone goal for Montreal, which had won its previous two games. The hungrier, harder-working Sabres outshot the Canadiens 40-28 overall and pulled even with Montreal on 47 points, but both remain well out of playoff position in the NHL Eastern Conference. Price, back from his all-star game appearance in Ottawa, did his best to steal a win, but erratic play by his team in its zone proved too much. On the game-winner, Gaustad battled Hal Gill to hold position at the Montreal crease and tipped in a Brad Boyes pass. "Thats the type of goal we need to score - just throw it on the net," said Price. "He didnt even see the puck coming. It hit his stick and went in. Thats exactly the type of goal we need." ”Thats a shame because he played great,” Gill said of Price. ”He tried to steal one for us and we didnt let it happen.” Price was also upset with Gaustad. "Hes got a big mouth and he likes to run it," a seething Price said. "We cant worry about what hes got to say because he doesnt do much out there." The Sabres did it mostly without first-line forward Thomas Vanek, who left the game after the first period with what the team called an upper body injury. Coach Lindy Ruff said he may be out for a week, but doctors needed to evaluate Vanek. Pacioretty chipped the puck past Matt Ellis at the red-line and went in alone to score on his own rebound 4:09 into the game. It was the Montreal wingers career-high 18th goal of the season. The Sabres poured 18 shots on Price in the middle period but managed only a rare goal from off-season signing Leino, who put a sweet drag move on defenceman Rafael Diaz on a counterattack and scored with a wrist shot from close range. It was his fourth goal of the season. Buffalo had its entire team working, but the Canadiens had only Price, defenceman Josh Gorges, the line of Pacioretty, David Desharnais and especially Erik Cole, and perhaps one or two others who looked like the win mattered. "We had a handful of guys with the desperation, but not enough," said coach Randy Cunneyworth. Notes: Miller has played 430 games for the Sabres, while Hasek set the team record after 491 games. . . Tyler Ennis returned for Buffalo after missing 17 games with an ankle injury. Marc-Andre Gragnani, T.J. Brennan and Luke Adam sat out. . . Montreal scratched Chris Campoli, while Travis Moen missed with an upper body. Andreas Engqvist played after being called up from AHL Hamilton. 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Gorgui Dieng Timberwolves Jersey . -- Vaughan, Ontarios Andrew Wiggins walked into the locker room after his first game at Allen Fieldhouse, turned to coach Bill Self and confirmed what was plainly apparent to everyone who watched him perform.Theres a disturbing trend happening this year in the National Hockey League - players are getting suspended for dangerous hits at an alarming level. Tom Wilson of the Washington Capitals could be getting punished by the NHL Department of Player Safety after his hit Brayden Schenn on Tuesday night. Wilson has a hearing scheduled with the NHL for Thursday at Noon et. If NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan suspends him, that will make 10 suspensions in 11 days and 20 over two-and-a-half months of hockey so far this season. Not to mention the seven suspensions that were handed out in the pre-season. To make matters worse, it seems more players are getting carted off on stretchers this year than ever before. Players are just not getting the idea of what is legal and illegal. Or they just dont care. So what needs to be done for players to get the message and stop these sort of hits? They could make the suspensions harsher. Instead of giving David Clarkson and Dion Phaneuf just two games for their respected inciidents, how about sitting them down for five or more contests? Maybe the answer is to go after their wallets.dddddddddddd. To many NHL players, charging $2,000, $5,000 or even $10,000 is a drop in the bucket. If the league increased fines dramatically (say, six figures?), players would probably be outraged but they might also think twice about hitting a defenceless player from behind. Rules changes could be another option. Modifying the laws of fighting and hitting could work. But players dont seem to be getting the idea as it stands, so any minor tweaks or changes could be irrelevant. Then theres the thought of sidelining an offender for however long it takes for the victim to get cleared by doctors for game action. Now its also possible that little can be done to prevent said injuries and suspensions. Maybe the players have gotten too big, strong and fast to prevent this type of thing from happening. All that considered, what do you think needs to be done to prevent the rapid rate of dangerous hits in the NHL? As always, its Your! Call. wholesale jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '