BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Brendan Gallagher scored twice, including a tip-in on Shea Weber's shot, in leading the new-look Montreal Canadiens to a 4-1 season-opening victory over the injury-depleted Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.
Al Montoya made 30 saves in place of starter Carey Price, who was sidelined by the flu. Andrew Shaw, who was acquired in a trade with Chicago in June, and Torrey Mitchell also scored for Montreal.
Injuries continued to mount for Buffalo after Evander Kane was taken to the hospital for further evaluation after he slammed heavily into the end boards late in the second period. The Sabres were already playing without second-year star center Jack Eichel, who is out indefinitely with a sprained left ankle.
Matt Moulson scored a power-play goal for Buffalo to briefly cut Montreal's lead to 2-1 in the opening minute of the third period.