BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Montreal captain
Gallagher scored twice while newcomers
''You want them to feel comfortable and whether you admit it or not, when you get that first goal or point or win, it takes a little bit of stress off you,'' Pacioretty said. ''And I'm glad it came early for those guys. They played great.''
Weber, acquired in a trade that sent P.K. Subban to Nashville, provided grit to Montreal's defense and added an assist, when his hard rising shot from inside the blue line was tipped in by Gallagher to put the Canadiens ahead 3-1. Shaw, acquired in a trade with Chicago, scored and Montoya stopped 30 shots in filling in for
''A bit of nerves coming in,'' Montoya said. ''I wasn't trying to steal the game. I've got a good team in front of me. They were fun to watch.''
Montoya will get a second consecutive start at Ottawa on Saturday after the Canadiens announced Price will not travel.
There was no fun for the Sabres, whose injurie woes grew when forward
Coach Dan Bylsma had no immediate update on Kane's status, except to say the player was being evaluated for ''a lot of things internally.''
Kane's injury is the latest setback for a team that was already reeling a day after second-year star center
''Well, there's a little bit of shake your head and snake-bitten a little bit,'' Bylsma said. ''You expect to have (injuries) throughout your lineup, and unfortunately you have a rash of them. But that's no excuse for how we need to play. We've got to keep fighting through it.''
Kane was doubled-over in pain as he was escorted off the ice. He was hurt while racing Canadiens defenseman
The Sabres were also playing minus top-line forward
The Canadiens responded with two goals in just under five minutes.
Gallagher tipped in Weber's shot 6:43 into the third. Shaw then scored by capping a frantic scramble in front after goalie
''We did a lot of good things,'' Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said. ''There's still things that we need to work on and it's normal. But it's really early in the season. But overall you've got to be satisfied with the win.''
NOTES: Before the game, the Sabres announced they signed general manager Tim Murray to a multiyear contract extension. Murray was hired in January 2014, and was entering the final year of his contract. ... At 18 years and 110 days, Canadiens rookie first-round draft pick
Canadiens: At Ottawa on Saturday.
Sabres: Play at Edmonton on Sunday in opening four-game road swing.