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MTL@BUF: About Wednesday night...

A resilient group, a first road trip in the books, and more from a mid-week matchup in Buffalo

by Steven Nechay @CanadiensMTL /

BUFFALO - Here are a few key storylines from Wednesday night's 5-4 overtime loss in Buffalo.


For the first time in team history, the Canadiens have gone to overtime in each of their first three games to start the season.

More than a lot of free hockey for fans, the stat also signals the team's no quit attitude early on this year.

"We showed some good resilience… We've shown through the first three games that we're never out of a game, and tonight was another example of that," acknowledged Ben Chiarot, whose first goal as a Hab was the third-period equalizer which forced OT. "The guys did a good job battling in the game."

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

The Habs were at one point down by a pair with less than a period to go as Jeff Skinner scored just 0:47 into the third.

Still, the team outscored their opponent in the final frame for a second consecutive game to nab a point, including a goal from Jesperi Kotkaniemi less than a minute later.

"We're never down, even with that early goal in the third," underlined goaltender Keith Kinkaid, who stopped 34 of 39 shots in his Canadiens debut. "We came back, battled back right away and found a way to tie it. Every point counts, so that was a good job."


With the overtime loss, the Habs head back to Montreal for Thursday's home opener with four out of a possible six points to start the season.

An impressive feat away from the comforts of home, considering the opposition.

"Four out of six points, especially when you look at the teams that we've played -- Buffalo's off to a good start, Toronto and Carolina are both supposed to be top teams in our league -- we have to be happy with the four out of six points," described head coach Claude Julien, as the Habs remain one of just three teams in the Atlantic still undefeated in regulation. "But that doesn't mean you have to be happy with your performance."

Video: MTL Recap: Armia scores twice, adds assist in OT loss

Indeed, discipline may be an area in need of improvement with the Habs having racked up the ninth-most penalties league-wide through three games.

On Wednesday, the Canadiens were dealt five penalties - giving up a pair of power play goals.

"Tonight there was another comeback, but we dig our own hole and then we have to dig ourselves out," concluded Julien. "We've done that two games in a row."

The Habs won't have to wait long to clean up their game, getting right back to business on Thursday against Detroit.

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