A Friday far from crazy for the Canadian

The cliché is that hockey is a turnaround sport and that the winning team is the one that commits the least. Supporting evidence, the Sabers proved the truth of this theory on Friday in Buffalo, defeating the Montreal Canadiens 4-1.

It was also after turnovers that the crowd favorites scored each of their first three goals.

After a sustained forward failure, Jeff Skinner pushed Artturi Lehkonen into error to grab the puck in the CH zone. He then handed the puck to Victor Olofsson, who immediately passed it on to Tage Thompson, who opened hostilities, just over four minutes after the initial face-off.

In the second period, Cody Eakin stole the puck from Jeff Petry in the Sabers’ zone and staged a three-on-two attack. Eakin paired his efforts with those of Vinnie Hinostroza and it was ultimately the first who completed the streak.

Then, just under six minutes later, Eakin came back on the charge with a puck in his own zone, after a poor throw from Jonathan Drouin to Nick Suzuki on a power play to the visitors. This time, Eakin handed the black object to Kyle Okposo who needed a second effort to beat goaltender Samuel Montembeault.

Thompson hit the other goal, his second of the game against the Canadiens’ goalkeeper, who blocked 35 of 39 shots aimed at him.

Dominique Ducharme’s men had a golden opportunity to get out of the hole they are sinking into facing a struggling opponent. Indeed, the Sabers had lost their previous four duels.

However, the opposite scenario has occurred. The Sabers took advantage of the Canadian to clear up their gray skies. The home team also dominated 39-26 in shots.

Josh Anderson was the only one to beat Dustin Tokarski, who made 25 saves, in the first period.

The Canadian will have to quickly forget this poor performance, since he will be in Pittsburgh, to face the Penguins there on Saturday.


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