We've seen this movie way too many times before and the ending always seems to be the same. The Buffalo Sabres have a tendency to tease their fans then break their hearts and they did it again Thursday night in the season opener.
For the fifth time in the last 12 seasons the Buffalo Sabres will open the regular season against the Montreal Canadiens. The game on Thursday, October 5th at 7:00 pm at KeyBank Center will be followed by a trip to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday, October 7th where the Sabres will play the New York Islanders.
On Wednesday night in their final home game of the season the Buffalo Sabres put in a much better effort than the abysmal performance two nights before. And again the Sabres proved when they put their minds to it and play for an entire 60 minutes than they can compete and beat some of the best teams in the league.
It was a complete about-face from the last time they played in Montreal. Just 10 days after the Buffalo Sabres stunned the Canadiens with an overtime victory, it was a different story on Tuesday night as the Sabres turned in one of their worst games in weeks giving up three goals in the second period in a 5-2 loss.
It was a goaltender's duel in Montreal Saturday night and for a change the Buffalo Sabres' goaltender emerged as the winner as the Sabres beat the Candiens 3-2 in overtime. Zach Bogosian's first goal of the season on a pass from Ryan O'Reilly was the game winner as the Sabres avenged an opening night loss to the Canadiens.
It was a huge sell-out season-opening crowd for Thursday night's Buffalo Sabres game at Key Bank Arena and the Sabres gave the fans absolutely nothing to get excited about in a 4-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens. Well, there was that power play goal by Matt Moulson at the beginning of the third period to cut the Canadiens lead in half 2-1, but that was about it.