OPINION: Three observations: Sabres win in exciting fashion

Buffalo found an early lead and never let up; Craig Anderson shines in his Sabres debut

Despite the announced attendance being 8,467 fans on Thursday night at KeyBank Center, one thing's for sure: it certainly sounded like there were a lot more fans in attendance after the Buffalo Sabres wiped the floor with the Montreal Canadiens by a score of 5-1.

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The Sabres opened the scoring early with a goal from Kyle Okposo, and they never looked back from there. Sabres goaltender Craig Anderson made only one mistake in the second period, but he still made 30 saves on 31 shots faced. In all, 10 different Sabres players found their names on the scoresheet.

After a long four months or so away, let's take a look at three observations from Thursday night's season-opening victory: