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Sabres take on Canadiens, look to remain undefeated

Oct 23, 2006 - 2:14 PM Buffalo (8-0-0) at Montreal (4-1-2) 7:00 pm EDT

MONTREAL (Ticker) -- The Buffalo Sabres are close to having an unprecedented start to the season.

The undefeated Sabres will look to beat the Montreal Canadiens for the second time this season when the two teams face off on Monday.

Buffalo is looking to go 9-0-0 and set a franchise record for wins to start a season. It would be the Sabres' 14th straight win overall, dating back to last campaign.

In its last contest, Buffalo matched the team record - set by the 1975-76 club - for most victories to start a season. Maxim Afinogenov continued his torrid scoring pace with a goal and an assist to lead the Sabres to a 6-2 victory at the Boston Bruins on Saturday.

In the previous meeting with Montreal on October 6, Afinogenov tallied with 15 seconds left in regulation to force overtime in Buffalo's eventual 5-4 win.

Christopher Higgins, Alexei Kovalev and Mike Johnson scored within a three-minute span of the third period for the Canadiens to forge an 8-5 victory the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.

Defenseman Sheldon Souray had two goals and two assists and Saku Koivu and Andrei Markov each set up three tallies as Montreal won for the fourth time in six games.

This will be the middle contest of a three-game road trip for the Sabres, who have won six of the last seven games against Montreal.