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Girgensons retains playoff pace; Sabres don't take kindly to big hits

By John Vogl

The Sabres opened their preseason schedule with a 5-4 shootout victory in Montreal on Sunday night. Among the notable developments:

*Zemgus Girgensons, who had a stellar playoff series for Rochester, picked right up where he left off with two goals.

*Trade acquisition Jamie McBain and tryout hopeful Colton Gillies also scored.

*The Sabres don't take kindly to big, clean hits. The Canadiens' Jarred Tinordi dropped Gillies early, and Buffalo's Cody McCormick earned an instigator and 10-minute miscoduct for taking exception.

Later, forward Alex Galchenyuk blasted McBain, and Patrick Kaleta jumped in. doesn't list Galchenyuk as having ever fought before. On a faceoff after Kaleta left the box, fighter Brandon Prust cross-checked the agitator, who was called for diving.

French highlights of the game can be found here.


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John Vogl

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John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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