Final

Series (Game 1 of 5)

Buffalo leads 4-1

Game 1: Saturday, October 12th
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Game 2: Saturday, December 21st
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Game 3: Saturday, January 11th
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Game 4: Wednesday, February 19th
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OT
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Game 5: Friday, March 28th
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Sabres 6

(2-0-0, 4 pts)

Canadiens 1

(1-1-0, 2 pts)

7:00 PM ET, October 12, 2002

Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

1 2 3 T
BUF 0 3 36
MTL 0 1 01

T. Pyatt (Sabres - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

C. Gratton (Sabres - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

J. Dumont (Sabres - LW): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

Five Sabres score in fifth straight win at Montreal

MONTREAL (AP) -- The Buffalo Sabres are as surprised as anyone about their early offensive production.

Taylor Pyatt scored twice and Martin Biron made 19 saves as the Sabres beat Montreal 6-1 on Saturday night in the Canadiens' home opener.

This league is so good, and the goaltending's so good, but any time you can get offense like we've had the last couple of games, we'll take it.
Chris Gratton, on the Sabres' 11 goals in two games

Tim Connolly, Miroslav Satan, Jochen Hecht and Vaclav Varada also scored for Buffalo, which beat league MVP Jose Theodore for all six goals.

"I think it's going to be tough to do it every night,'' Sabres center Chris Gratton said. "This league is so good, and the goaltending's so good, but any time you can get offense like we've had the last couple of games, we'll take it.''

Gratton and J.P. Dumont each had two assists for Buffalo, which has scored 11 goals in two games after opening the season Thursday night with a 5-1 win over the New York Islanders.

"That's big for us,'' Pyatt said. "We just want to try to open things up and play like that. We played great in the preseason. We're playing with confidence and that's great for a young team.''

The Sabres, who went 2-for-5 on the power play, are in Chicago on Sunday for their third game in four nights. Buffalo has scored four power-play goals in 12 opportunities overall.

"We just want to continue on,'' Pyatt said. "We've got another big game tomorrow night so we just want to be ready.''

Defenseman Patrice Brisebois scored the lone goal for Montreal, which won its opener 4-1 over the Rangers in New York on Friday night.

"As a team, we didn't play well,'' Theodore said. "When they keep coming 2-on-1 and getting all the rebounds, it makes it pretty tough for me. That didn't happen yesterday.''

Pyatt opened the scoring with his first goal of the season 2:11 into the second.

Brisebois tied it 1:37 later with his first goal at 3:48, but Connolly put the Sabres ahead 2-1 moments later with his second of the season at 6:16. Connolly put Theodore's big rebound of Dumont's shot into a wide open net.

Connolly got his second point when he assisted on Pyatt's second goal of the game on a power play at 14:27 as Buffalo went up by two. Satan beat Theodore on a breakaway 52 seconds into the third to make it 4-1.

The Sabres added two more goals in the period. Hecht fired a wrist shot over Theodore's left shoulder for his second of the season at 6:17, and Varada quieted the Bell Centre crowd of 21,273 with his first goal -- and Buffalo's second with the man advantage -- at 9:38 to increase the lead to five.

"It was just one team out there,'' Canadiens captain Saku Koivu said. "I won't even make any excuses. They just outworked and outplayed us for the last two periods.''

Game notes


Buffalo was 4-1 against Montreal last season. ... Biron has allowed two goals so far, stopping 41 of 43 shots in two games. ... The Canadiens went 0-for-4 on the power play and have scored once in 11 opportunities through two games.

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