ANAHEIM CA — Montour put up two assists Sunday in the Anaheim Ducks 4-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres. Going into Tuesday’s away game in Chicago, Montour has a goal and two assists in nine games from the blue line.
Montour took the puck at the blue line and walked in to just above the face-off circle and ripped a wrist shot through a bunch of legs touching rookie Sam Steel’s stick before going in to register Steel’s first NHL goal.
A little while later, Montour cleared his own zone with a flip pass and sent Ducks’ Kiefer Sherwood in at full flight, and just like that, it was 2-0, Anaheim.
But the Ducks went south after that and allowed the Sabers a 4-2 come-from-behind rally win.
The Ducks will stay on the road Thursday when they are in Dallas to face the Stars, before returning home to host the San Jose Sharks, Sunday and the Flyers Tuesday.
As of Monday, October 22nd, Anaheim tops the Pacific Division with a 5-3-1 record for 11 points, however Calgary and Vancouver both play this weekend and both have a game in hand over the Ducks. In the 15 team Western Conference , the Ducks are tied with Winnipeg for third spot behind Colorado and first place Nashville.
Meanwhile, in Toronto, Leaf fans are enjoying a good start to the new NHL season. As of Monday, and after nine games, Toronto is in third place over-all with six wins, three losses for 12 points. Colorado is tied in points with the Ducks but they hold a game in hand over Anaheim. Nashville is in first with seven wins and only one loss.