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Sabres fall to Canadiens, 3-1

Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel hit the 30-goal plateau for the first time in his career Thursday night in the team’s 3-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens at KeyBank Center.

Carter Hutton made 27 saves for Buffalo. He started in place of Linus Ullmark, who will miss the next three-to-four weeks with a lower-body injury. It was Hutton’s third start since Dec. 19.


Ilya Kovalchuk, Brendan Gallagher and Tomas Tatar scored for Montreal. Carey Price turned aside 20 Sabres shots.

Eichel opened the scoring 7:11 into the game on the power play. His wrister from the left faceoff dot beat Price short side. It was his seventh marker of the season with the man advantage.