A rough start to the season got a bit smoother for Lars Eller and David Desharnais on Saturday.
Eller had a goal and two assists and Desharnais scored a pair to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 6-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres.
''We've been struggling a bit the last couple of games so I think it was relief for Davey, too, to see the puck go in twice,'' said Eller of his and Desharnais' first goals of the season, just 28 seconds apart in the second period. ''It's a great feeling to score and a great feeling to win.''
After suiting up for the Canadiens' season opener, Eller was a healthy scratch the next two games. He returned to the lineup last Sunday, inserted on the wing with Desharnais and Erik Cole, with Max Pacioretty sidelined following an appendectomy a day earlier.
Desharnais, meanwhile, had struggled to find his breakout form from a season ago, a campaign that saw him pile up 60 points in 81 games.
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