A game in which the Habs started possibly its worst D configuration started off much the way you'd expect with the Habs giving up the first goal and not tallying one of their own. A flukey goal by the hard working Tyler Ennis put the Sabres up by 1 in the first. Damage could have been a lot worse as Torrey Mitchell had a nice breakaway attempt a little past the midway mark of the period. Emelin was able to curtail the attempt, but ended up picking up a penalty in the process.
Eric Tangradi didn't look so great and picked up a minus 1 for his effort. Not sure Bournival solves all when he comes back, but he does give Therrien the option of moving Bournival and Prust between the 3rd and 4th line. Neither Tangradi nor Bowman have shown they can adequately handle 3rd line duties so Bournival's return will give the Habs more options with their lines.
When was the last time the Canadiens had a convincing and truly dominant performance in the first period?
The Prust-Stewart dance was an exercise in endurance and futility. Yawn.
|03:27||BUF||Tyler Ennis (7) Backhand shot - ASST: Zemgus Girgensons (6), Matt Moulson (7)||1 - 0 BUF|
|04:47||BUF||Marcus Foligno Hooking - 2 min against Alex Galchenyuk|
|11:28||MTL||Alexei Emelin Slashing - 2 min against Torrey Mitchell|
|12:45||BUF||Nikita Zadorov Hooking - 2 min against Jiri Sekac|
|19:45||MTL||Brandon Prust Fighting (maj) - 5 min against Chris Stewart|
|19:45||BUF||Chris Stewart Fighting (maj) - 5 min against Brandon Prust|
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