Back-up goalie Al Montoya was perfect in even-strength scenarios on Thursday night for the Montreal Canadiens. The Habs were in Buffalo to face a Jack Eichel-less Sabre squad, one that lost their young star to an in-practice injury on Wednesday. With Montreal without their own star player, netminder Carey Price, the Canadiens still found a way to post a big win 4-1.

The only goal that Montoya gave up in the game was on the power play. Matt Moulson of the Sabres scored at the 35-second mark of the third period.

At the time, it was a goal that made the game interesting as it pulled Buffalo to within one.

However, Montreal shutdown the Sabres from that point onward while scoring two more goals themselves. Brendan Gallagher had two goals for the Habs on the night, a team that started the season off right with a road victory.

What's next for the two teams?

Neither the Canadiens nor the Sabres will be active on Friday. However, Montreal will next head to the Canadian capital to face the Ottawa Senators.

In a Thursday-eveningtweet from out of Montreal's verified Twitter account it was divulged that Price would not be joining the team. Montoya will certainly be counted on again to post some solid numbers in net to help the Habs get off to a solid start.

The Sabres won't play until Sunday when they embark on a road trip that will take them through western Canada.

The first stop is Rogers Place in downtown Edmonton and a date with Connor McDavid's Oilers. The young captain of the Oilers had three points in his first game of the season against Calgary.

Other results from Thursday

Other early results from Thursday night saw the Boston Bruins double up the Columbus Blue Jackets with Brad Marchand providing more than just his fair share of the offense.

At time of writing the following results were already finalized in what was a busy night in the NHL.

  • The New York Rangers defeated the New York Islanders 5-3
  • The Florida Panthers defeated the New Jersey Devils 2-1 (OT)
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Detroit Red Wings 6-4

Friday won't be so busy in the NHL, however the Chicago Blackhawks will make their season debut in an 8pm ET game in Nashville.

The Philadelphia Flyers will be in Los Angeles to take on the Jonathan Quick-lessLos Angeles Kings (10:30pm ET/7:30pm PT). Meanwhile the Battle of Alberta will continue as the Oilers head down to Calgary to face the Flames.

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