Montreal closed their pre-season schedule out with a come from behind win against the Sabres Saturday night. Down 2-0 going into the second, the Canadiens sent the game into the third period tied. The Sabres were not able to spin a victory out of tonights game, as they allowed a goal in the third. The Sabres are now 3-1-1 in the pre season, and have one more contest to go against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
What is more notable about this game was a hit from Patrick Kaleta on Montreal’s Pyatt. The hit drove Pyatt’s head into the glass. Montreal responded physically, as defesemen Ryan O’Byrne picked up 17 minutes in penalties alone.
While Ruff does not expect any sanctions from the league on his homewown cannonball, you can read between the lines when Canadiesn coach Martin speaks that they will be sending the tape for review, if the league does not do so automatically:
“Obviously it was a shot to the head and I think the league usually looks at those incidents,” Martin said. “What I liked best about it was how we reacted as a team and several times during training camp teammates have come to help each other, which is a good sign.”
Kaleta is known around the league for his cannon ball style of play, something which the Sabres need, given their softness in many other areas of the game.
While the top lines look to be set, it appears there may be one or two more roster spots available. Die by the Blade has a good forecast as to what is happening with the lineup in their Sabres vs Montreal preview here.
The Sabres open up the regular season next Saturday against the same Montreal Canadiens.