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Victory for Cayden Primeau in Buffalo

No, tonight’s match between the Canadiens and Sabres was not in Montreal.

I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s true… There were a lot of red jerseys.

Here’s the CH lineup:

And the home team’s:

No goals were scored in the first period, but obviously, the goalies were very good.

Cayden Primeau stopped 17 shots.

The American also took a penalty.

The official at the other end missed it, that call…

Devon Levi, facing his childhood team for the first time in his career, stopped all seven pucks aimed at him.

He looked comfortable, too.

At the start of the second period, the Habs announced that Tanner Pearson had injured his upper body in the first period and would not be returning to action.

Another injury…

Towards the end of the engagement, when Justin Barron was vulnerable, Eric Robinson hit him with a very dangerous shot.

The result: Barron in the dressing room and Robinson out of the game.

The defender is back in the game, at least.

Shortly after this disturbing scene, Jayden Struble scored his first career NHL goal.

Then, 14 seconds later, Nick Suzuki doubled his team’s lead.

In the third period, the Sabres closed the gap.

And guess who scored. That’s right, Jeff Skinner…

And so it came to pass.

Kyle Okposo tied the game a few minutes later.

What a turnaround!

After Okposo’s goal, Martin St-Louis called a timeout.

The timeout likely whipped his team into a frenzy as they threatened. Cole Caufield thought he had scored a goal, but Levi pulled his leg.

No further goals were scored, so both teams had to settle this crazy game in a shootout. But before the game headed into overtime, Slafkovsky threw down the gloves on Connor Clifton.

Overtime was 4-on-4, as no whistle was blown after the Tricolore’s penalty.

Here’s a summary of the shootout:

Tage Thompson: STOP

Nick Suzuki: STOP

Victor Olofsson: GOAL

Cole Caufield: GOAL

Owen Power : GOAL

Jesse Ylonen: GOAL

JJ Peterka: STOP

Juraj Slafkovsky: GOAL (quite a goal)

The celebration, the goal, the fight: Slaf made a spectacle of himself. Reminiscent of Michael Pezzetta’s celebration last season.

Final score: 4-3 Montreal.

Tomorrow, Martin St-Louis’s team hosts the Nashville Predators.

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– Cole Caufield going after Tage Thompson (after Thompson went after Juraj Slafkovsky): I didn’t have that option on my bingo card.

– Caufield finished the game with nine shots on goal.

– Cayden Primeau played a full game. Jake Allen should be waived.

– We would have loved to have had Arber Xhekaj tonight…

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