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Habs dominate Sabres in Subban’s season debut

Feb 2, 2013, 5:07 PM EDT

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The Montreal Canadiens have been a strong team so far without P.K. Subban in the lineup. They didn’t skip a beat when he suited up on Saturday, either.

Subban, 23, collected a secondary assist as Montreal dismantled the Buffalo Sabres 6-1.

The Habs stormed into the game, firing 15 shots to Buffalo’s lone attempt on net in a lopsided first period that Ryan Miller,32, kept to 1-0 in Montreal’s favor. Eventually, the Canadiens got to the American netminder, chasing him after taking a 4-0 lead in the second period.

(Jhonas Enroth didn’t have much better luck, allowing two more scores in the third.)

Michel Therrien decided to ease Subban into the action as the dynamic young blueliner received just a second more than 18 minutes of ice time. We’ll see if he eventually approaches the 24-minute clip he averaged last season after shaking off the rust.

Buffalo’s bright side came in Thomas Vanek‘s continued scoring streak. The 29-year-old winger collected the Sabres’ only goal, giving him seven on the season and boosting his league-leading points total to 16.

  1. rycoem - Feb 2, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Embarrassing for the Sabres…it’s clear now that the new ownership means nothing in terms of changes on the ice. I’ve generally been supportive of Regier and Ruff because of all the organizational/ownership chaos, but now it is clear it is time for a lot of “on-the-ice” change, starting with the dismissal of the GM and coach. Sabres are a mediocre team with no identity and inconsistent effort.

  2. kgun80 - Feb 2, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Another season of disappointment for Buffalo fans. I thought maybe they could get a spark from the Boston win but that was wishful thinking. The defense looks terrible and the only players pulling their weight are Vanek, Pominville and Hodgson. This is quickly beginning to look like Lindys last season.

  3. nflfan4now - Feb 2, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Don’t agree Regier should go, though I did before. he seems to have accumulated some good players that now need a coach to get them moving. Ruff has to go!!!!

  4. nflfan4now - Feb 2, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Dirtiest hab’s team I have seen in a while. Lot of cheap shots during the game, which seemed to be ignored by the refs. The one goal they got where they hauled down Vanek to get a break away was especially bad miss by the refs.
    really was mad when Leopold got called for a hit from behind and the hab got up laughing at him after turning his back before the hit.

  5. drewzducks - Feb 2, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    I guess Thursday night was their Stanley Cup. Now run along back to irrelevance.

    • rycoem - Feb 2, 2013 at 11:25 PM

      Well if anyone knows anything about irrelevance, it is a Los Angeles hockey fan…nice parade that no one came to!! Well, at least you have your NFL team – oh wait….

      • drewzducks - Feb 3, 2013 at 12:06 AM

        I’m a Bruins fan SFB. And for your sake I hope you’re not a Bills fan.

  6. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Feb 3, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Memo to Gorges and Markov. Seems the presence of Subban didn’t affect the team’s performance. Subban brings a whole new dimension to the Habs game.

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