The Montreal Canadiens were defeated for the second time in 24 hours, this time by the Buffalo Sabers 5-1 Thursday night at the KeyBank Center.
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Dominique Ducharme’s men had the opportunity to quickly get back on track after missing their season opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs the day before. Rather the opposite happened, with Buffalo only revealing more flaws in the CH game.
He gave the visitors six opportunities to develop with an additional skater in the first two periods. Kyle Okposo capitalized on strong play to open the scoring, early in the game, with an accurate shot at the top.
Victor Olofsson also made use of the power of play to score his first goal of the season, at the end of the second half. It was imitated by Tage Thompson as soon as he returned to the third period, the fifth period of the Sabers.
After spending the entirety of last season on the sidelines with a thigh injury, Zemjos Jergenson rocked the ropes on his return. Anders Bjork was the other Cypress scorer.
Defensesman Chris Wideman saved the Canadian’s honor by defeating Craig Anderson midway through the second half. The newcomer took advantage of a great opponent from Joel Armia to drop the disc into a large cage. In the match, Mathieu Perrault also collected his first point in the blue, white and red uniform.
Samuel Montembeault became the first Quebec player to defend a Habs goal since Marc Denis in 2008-2009. The 24-year-old stumbled five times from 36 shots.
Strong play in Montreal has been thwarted again on four occasions.
Canadian players will be able to console themselves by telling themselves that they will find their supporters in a full Bell position for the first time since March 2020, on Saturday. The New York Rangers will be visitors to this special occasion.
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