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. Hockeyfights.com 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.