BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The Buffalo Sabres celebrated 40 years to the day Friday night when they played the Montreal Canadians at HSBC Arena.
Buffalo's first home game was played against the Canadiens on October 15, 1970.
The team wore their new white jerseys at home for the first time this season, while the Canadiens wore their traditional red home jerseys.
The outcome was the same as it was 40 years ago also - with Buffalo unfortunately losing. This time the score was 2 - 1 with the Sabres not able to defeat the Canadiens.
Before the game, an emotional 40th anniversary presentation was held on ice. Channel 7's legendary sportscaster Rick Azar was in attendance, as he was in 1970, to participate in the "puck drop." Several players and officials who were a part of that first Montreal-Buffalo matchup were back on the ice Friday night.
The first game was played at the old Memorial Auditorium, which has now been torn down for waterfront development.
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