BUFFALO, N.Y. — Defenseman Andrei Markov had a goal and four assists, and the Canadiens beat the Sabres 7-2 Friday night to run their season-opening winning streak to eight games.
The Canadiens are the sixth team in NHL history to start season with eight straight wins and the second to win eight straight in regulation. The other team to win their first eight in regulation was the 1975-76 Sabres.
The Canadiens are two victories away from matching the NHL record for consecutive season-opening wins, set by the Maple Leafs in 1993-94 and matched by the Sabres in 2006-07.
Brendan Gallagher and Dale Weise each scored twice. Goalie Mike Condon, giving Carey Price a breather, made 34 saves, and P.K. Subban and Tomas Plekanec each had three assists.
Around the league: Stars defenseman Jason Demers was suspended for two games for elbowing Penguins forward Nick Bonino in the head Thursday. … Devils forward Stephen Gionta was fined $2,284.95 for spearing Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki on Thursday. … Jimmy Roberts, a five-time Stanley Cup champion with the Canadiens and the expansion Blues' first draft pick in 1967, died Friday of cancer at 75. He had been scheduled to drop the ceremonial puck tonight before the Blues' Hockey Fights Cancer Night game against the Islanders.
First—1, Mont, Weise 2 (Subban, Fleischmann), 14:35. Penalties—Semin, Mon (slashing), 5:03.
Second—2, Mont, Gallagher 2 (Plekanec, Subban), :45. 3, Buff, Moulson 2 (Reinhart, Franson), 4:49. 4, Buff, R.O'Reilly 2 (Franson), 11:04 (pp). 5, Mont, Mitchell 3 (Subban, Markov), 13:31. 6, Mont, Markov 1 (Plekanec), 18:22 (pp). Penalties—Fleischmann, Mon (interference), 10:59; Ennis, Buf (roughing), 18:18; Gorges, Buf (interference), 19:11.
Third—7, Mont, Gallagher 3 (Pacioretty, Markov), :27 (pp). 8, Mont, Pacioretty 6 (Markov, Plekanec), 11:11. 9, Mont, Weise 3 (Markov, Desharnais), 15:23. Penalties—Subban, Mon (tripping), 2:54; Franson, Buf (roughing), 7:40; Beaulieu, Mon (holding stick), 11:33. Shots on Goal—Mont 11-7-8—26. Buff 11-11-14—36. Power-play opportunities—Mont 2 of 3; Buff 1 of 4. Goalies—Mont, Condon 2-0-0 (36 shots-34 saves). Buff, Johnson 2-5-0 (26-19).
First—1, Bos, Connolly 2 (Marchand, Bergeron), 9:51. 2, NYI, Bailey 3 (Tavares, Strome), 14:08 (pp). 3, NYI, Cizikas 1 (Boychuk, Martin), 15:27. Penalties—Marchand, Bos (hooking), 12:50; McQuaid, Bos, major (fighting), 15:27; Martin, NYI, major (fighting), 15:27; C.Miller, Bos (delay of game), 17:45.
Second—4, Bos, Kemppainen 1 (Spooner), 16:13. 5, Bos, Pastrnak 2 (Eriksson), 18:16. Penalties—Clutterbuck, NYI (boarding), 19:47.
Third—6, Bos, Spooner 2 (Kemppainen), 8:09. 7, Bos, Krejci 5 (Eriksson, McQuaid), 17:35 (en). 8, NYI, Hickey 2 (Clutterbuck), 18:07. Penalties—Boychuk, NYI (goaltender interference), 12:28; New York bench, served by Tavares (bench), 19:27. Shots on Goal—Bos 8-11-7—26. NYI 18-5-3—26. Power-play opportunities—Bos 0 of 3; NYI 1 of 2. Goalies—Bos, Gustavsson 2-0-0 (26 shots-23 saves). NYI, Halak 2-1-0 (25-21).