Montreal and Buffalo opens their season in a total boredom.
The Montreal Canadiens opened their 2008-2009 season tonight at the HSBC centre in Buffalo. After waiting for months since the last hockey game played in June, hockey is finally back.
Tonight's match between the Habs and the Sabres lacked rhythm all evening long. There was a few moments here and there but in general, the excitement of the new season wasn't there.
I really pity those who bought season tickets for this 2008-2009 Buffalo Sabres season. The team will be a total bore this year and we had a very good sample of it tonight. On the other hand, there was one good news for the Buffalo Sabres tonight: they managed to drag down the Montreal Canadiens to their level of play.
The scoring for tonight is very easy to elaborate. First, the newest member of the Canadiens, Robert Lang, opened the score during the first period with the first goal of the season for Montreal. Lang recuperated a loose puck in front of goaltender Ryan Miller and sent it over the goalie.
Tomas Vanek tied the game at 1 before the end of the first frame when he undressed Montreal's defense to beat goaltender Carey Price between the pads.
The game went to overtime as nobody could manage to score a goal during the second and third period. The extra period itself did not produce any scoring and the contest had to be decided at the shootout. The shootout was eventually won by the Sabres who scored twice on Carey Price while Robert Lang and Saku Koivu failed in front of Ryan Miller.
Final score: Buffalo Sabres 2 - Montreal Canadiens 1 (shootout)
Montreal travels to Toronto to play the Toronto Maple Leafs tomorrow evening.
(Picture: Carey Price and Maxim Afinogenov, Getty Images.)