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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.

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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.

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