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MTL@BUF: Postgame

Habs remain undefeated in regulation, pick up a point in Buffalo

by Steven Nechay @CanadiensMTL /

BUFFALO -- Every Canadiens game so far this season has been decided by a single goal, and Wednesday night in Buffalo was no different.

The Habs climbed back from a two-goal deficit in the third to earn a point in a 5-4 OT decision and remain undefeated in regulation this season.

Victor Olofsson opened the scoring for the home side at 5:04 in the first period, with assists from Jack Eichel and Rasmus Dahlin.

Joel Armia replied with a shorthanded tally with 5:54 remaining in the opening frame to tie things up at one apiece. The goal was the Habs' first while down a man this season.

Video: MTL@BUF: Armia nets SHG off Thompson's feed

Armia continued to flex his special teams muscle before the period expired, burying one unassisted on the power play with 0:21 to go before intermission.

Video: MTL@BUF: Armia nets PPG for second goal of the game

A decidedly pro-Montreal away crowd was on-hand to cheer on the Finnish forward's first two goals of the season.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: On se sent comme chez nous �� Buffalo. 😏You could say we're feeling at home in Buffalo.#GoHabsGo

Also among the Canadiens fans in Western New York was Robert Thompson, who flew in from Alaska to watch his son Nate Thompson play his 700th career NHL game.

Thompson celebrated the milestone with an assist on Armia's shorthanded marker.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Le p��re de Nate Thompson, Robert, a voyag�� depuis l���Alaska pour assister au 700e��match de son fils dans la LNH.Nate Thompson's dad Robert traveled all the way from Alaska to be in attendance for his son's 700th NHL game.#GoHabsGo

The hosts were hardly hospitable, again getting things started in the second - just like in the first - this time with Jack Eichel burying an equalizer at 4:46.

It made for a special evening through the game's first half, as each of the night's first four goals came on special teams.

The Sabres captain potted the night's first at even strength at 14:13 to round out the period's scoring with Buffalo up by one.

Goaltender Keith Kinkaid had a say in keeping it close however, making a spectacular diving save before the period expired.

Video: MTL@BUF: Kinkaid kicks out pad to rob Skinner

The coaches' respective intermission speeches sure appeared to resonate, as Buffalo stormed out of the gate to score 0:47 into the third, before Jesperi Kotkaniemi got one right back less than a minute later.

Both of KK's goals this year have been scored away from Montreal, one season after the Bell Centre was home to all 11 of his tallies.

Video: MTL@BUF: Kotkaniemi blasts puck home from tough angle

Ben Chiarot reset the score with 7:06 to go in regulation, lighting the lamp for the first time as a Hab to make it 4-4.

Video: MTL@BUF: Chiarot dekes, nets wrister from circle

For the first time in team history, the Canadiens started a season with their first three games going to overtime.

Marcus Johansson got the winner in OT moments after the Habs killed off a penalty in the extra frame.

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