THE AFTERMATH: SABRES 3, CANADIENS 1
MONTREAL (AP) - Christian Ehrhoff had a goal and an assist to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 3-1 preseason victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night.
Jason Pominville opened the scoring 15:31 in when he finished off a centering pass from Ehrhoff, who made his Sabres debut. Ehrhoff restored Buffalo's one-goal lead 6:07 into the third when he snapped a shot past Robert Mayer to make it 2-1.
"He's got a really good shot," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "I thought probably again tonight there were some opportunities we passed up, we passed some plays around, but you don't usually have to tell him to shoot. He's a shooter and he can sling it with a wrist shot and he can hit it pretty hard with a slap shot." ...more.
Newcomer Christian Ehrhoff made his presence felt late in the first period of his first game with Buffalo. Derek Roy won the faceoff cleanly in the offensive zone, and dropped the puck back to Ehrhoff at the right point. Ehrhoff the lugged the puck down low, and wired a backhand pass to Jason Pominville at the edge of the crease for a one-timer past Peter Budaj at 15:36 to give Buffalo a 1-0 lead.
Christian Ehrhoff: The man with the new 10-year contract had two points in his Sabres debut, including the game-winning goal in the third period. Ehrhoff showed a penchant for jumping into the rush and created several good scoring chances. “When I see an opening, that’s my game,” said Ehrhoff. “I like to jump in and help the guys up front a little bit, and a couple of times in the first it worked out.”
- Buffalo didn’t arrive at the Bell Centre until almost 6:30 p.m. due to a delay clearing Canada Customs, along with rush-hour traffic in downtown Montreal.
- Robyn Regehr also skated in his first game with Buffalo tonight, and said that it was fun to get out there and play his usual physical style against some unfamiliar foes – including a punishing collision along the boards with Montreal’s Aaron Palushaj in the first period. “I had an opportunity to line a guy up along the boards in front of their bench. I’ve only played out east occasionally being with a Western Conference team, so I took the opportunity to introduce myself to the guys on the opposing bench.”
- Ryan Miller started in goal for Buffalo and stopped all 11 shots he faced in 32:46 of action, his first of the preseason. His best saves both came in the second period: he stoned Max Pacioretty on a two-on-one, and later robbed Andreas Engqvist point blank in the slot. Miller was replaced by Enroth immediately after that save. Enroth turned away 12 of 13 shots in 27:07, and also made several big saves.
- Jason Pominville played his first game since severing a tendon in his right ankle in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in Philadelphia, and said after the game that he felt no ill effects of the injury. He scored Buffalo’s first goal, and took a team-high 5 shots on the night.
- At today’s morning skate, Thomas Vanek talked about his name coming up in speculation for the team’s vacant captaincy: “I don’t think about it at all. Would I welcome it? Sure. But am I looking for it? Am I lobbying for it? No.”
- The Sabres are now 136-146-48 all-time in the preseason, and 23-10-2 since the start of 2005-06.
- This was the 21st all-time preseason between the Sabres and Canadiens. Buffalo upped their record to 7-11-3; 4-6-2 in Montreal.
Buffalo begins a stretch of three games in three days when they open up a home-and-home series in Toronto on Friday. Game time from the Air Canada Centre is 7 p.m. The same two teams meet at the First Niagara Center on Saturday at 7 p.m. The game will be preceded by the “Blue & Gold Carpet Walk” beginning at 5 p.m.