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Sabres 1, Canadiens 0

December 20, 1997

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) _ Donald Audette scored the only goal and Dominik Hasek made 42 saves for his fourth shutout in the past month as the Buffalo Sabres defeated the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 Friday night.

Buffalo snapped a two-game losing streak, while Montreal lost its fourth straight overall and fifth in a row on the road.

Hasek has four shutouts in 14 games since Nov. 20, and 24 shutouts in his career.

Audette’s eighth goal of the season came 2:42 into the second period. Vaclav Varada fed a crossing pass from the right faceoff circle to Audette, streaking in from the left wing. Audette tipped the puck past Andy Moog, who couldn’t slide across the goal crease in time.

Varada, playing in his ninth NHL game, got an assist for his first NHL point.

Just over five minutes later, Audette and Varada had a 2-on-1 against Moog but failed to score. Audette faked a shot in the slot and dropped a pass to Varada, but the rookie’s shot glanced off the post.

Montreal outshot Buffalo 32-9 over the final two periods, and had several good chances in the third period.

Midway through the final period, Montreal’s Vincent Damphousse had a couple of good opportunities to tie the game. His first slap shot from the left faceoff circle went off the far goal post. Less than a minute later, Damphosse whistled an identical shot wide right.

With 2:50 remaining, Hasek made a sprawling save on Brian Savage, who skated in from the left wing and tried to flip the puck over the prone goaltender.

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