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NHL - US Sports: Habs improvement satisfies St. Louis

Coach Martin St. Louis expressed his satisfaction at the improvement of the Montreal Canadiens during his short time in charge.

The Canadiens beat the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday to extend their season-high winning streak to four games.

After making the Stanley Cup Final last season, the Canadiens went 8-30-7 this season before Dominique Ducharme was fired and replaced by NHL hall of famer, St. Louis.

No experience, no problem

Despite not having any significant coaching experience, St. Louis has hit the ground running with the Canadiens going 4-3 in his first seven games and his self-confessed more open approach has seen improvements in several key members of the team.

After scoring only one goal in his first 30 games this season, Cole Caufield has six goals in the first seven games with St. Louis as coach, including one against the Sabres.

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The most outspoken critic of Ducharme and his defensive system was veteran blue-liner Jeff Petry, who has five points (two goals, three assists) during the seven games since St. Louis took over.

Petry had six points (one goal, five assists) in his first 40 games this season, while Montreal (12-33-7) are eighth in the Atlantic Division.

United locker room

St. Louis said to the media after the win over the Sabres: "There's a lot of buy-in by the players. There are a lot of winners on this team. Guys who take the team's success to heart.

"You win a lot of games with guys like that. It's 4-0 and we're blocking shots with a minute to go. It's fun to see how much the culture has progressed."

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