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Two-goal Effort by Zemgus Girgensons Guides Buffalo Sabres to Win Over Montreal CanadiensSeptember 15th, 2013 at 11:45 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101
The Buffalo Sabres opened their preseason Sunday night with a 5-4 shootout win over the Montreal Canadiens.
Zemgus Girgensons scored two goals as he tried to make the case he deserves a slot as one of the top four centers after a full season in Rochester. Jamie McBain and Colton Gillies also scored for Buffalo.
Michael Bournival opened the scoring 15 minutes in. His shot past Jhonas Enroth was the only goal of the first period.
The scoring alternated through the entire game. Girgensons' first goal was a short-handed effort 58 seconds into the second period. Bournival made it 2-1 a minute later before McBain wristed a shot past Peter Budaj at 3:52 to tie it 2-2. Erik Nystrom beat Enroth on the power play at 9:37, but the second-year pro Girgensons tied it again 90 seconds later.
Matt Hackett came in for the second half of the game and allowed only one Montreal goal. Martin St. Pierre beat him on a wrist shot about 13 minutes into the third period. But Gillies needed less than three minutes to tie the game on a backhand shot and send the game to overtime. The game went to a shootout, where Mikhail Grigorenko registered the only goal for either team; Drew Stafford attempted the only other Buffalo shootout shot.
Buffalo outshot Montreal for the game, 27-25. Enroth made 10 saves, while Hackett made 11 and three more in the shootout. Rasmus Ristolainen had an assist in his professional debut. Steve Ott led the way with nine hits.
Buffalo next plays at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Columbus Blue Jackets.
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