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Last Game:
Florida: Oct 27 @ Senators-Panthers Lost 4-3

Buffalo: Oct 27 vs. Blue Jackets-Sabres Won 4-2

Record:
Florida: 5-4-0
Buffalo: 6-3-0

Points:
Florida: 10
Buffalo: 12

Rank In Conference:
Florida: 7th
Buffalo: 4th

Power Play Ranking:
Florida: 24.3(5th)
Buffalo: 21.4(7th)

Penalty Kill Ranking:
Florida: 76.9(T-23rd)
Buffalo: 93.6(2nd)

Goals For:
Florida: 22(T-19th)
Buffalo: 27(T-7th)

Goals Against:
Florida: 23(T-16th)
Buffalo: 19(T-5th)

Shots For:
Florida: 265(18th)
Buffalo: 268(17th)

Shots Against:
Florida: 302(23rd)
Buffalo: 283(21st)

Blocked Shots:
Florida: 99(T-29th)
Buffalo: 115(T-23rd)

Hits:
Florida: 199(13th)
Buffalo: 148(28th)

Faceoff Percentage:
Florida: 50.9(11th)
Buffalo: 50.4(T-12th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

Florida: Versteeg(5), Weiss(4), Garrison(3), Fleischmann(2)
Buffalo: Vanek(7), Pominville(4), Adam and Stafford(3), Gerbe and Boyes(2)

Assists:
Florida: Campbell(8), Versteeg and Kulikov(6), Weiss(5), Fleischmann(4)
Buffalo: Pominville(9), Vanek(7),
Ehrhoff and Adam(5), Gerbe(4), Boyes, Roy, Gragnani(3)

Points:
Florida: Versteeg(11), Weiss(9), Campbell(8), Fleischmann and Kulikov(6)
Buffalo: Vanek(14), Pominville(13), Adam(8), Ehrhoff and Gerbe(6), Stafford and Boyes(5)

Plus/Minus:
Florida: Weaver(+5), Fleischmann and
Versteeg(+3), Weiss and Kulikov(+2)
Buffalo: Sekera(+7), Gerbe(+5),
Pominville, Vanek, Boyes, Gragnani, Gaustad(+3)

Penalty Minutes:
Florida: Gudbranson(26), Upshall(21), Bradley(12), Kopecky and Garrison(6)
Buffalo: Kaleta(16), McCormick and Gaustad(14), Vanek(10), Stafford and Regehr(8)

Shots:
Florida: Versteeg(26), Weiss and Garrison(23), Upshall(21), Fleischmann and Skille(20)
Buffalo: Vanek(37), Pominville(26), Gerbe(23), Stafford(22), Adam(20)

Blocked Shots:
Florida: Weaver(18), Garrison(16), Campbell(13), Kulikov(9), Jovanovski(8)
Buffalo: Regehr(17), Myers(16), Ehrhoff(13), Leopold(11), Gaustad(8)

Hits:
Florida: Upshall(20), Bradley(18), Skille(15), Kulikov(14), Bergenheim(13)
Buffalo: Regehr(24), Kaleta(19), Gerbe and McCormick(14), Myers(13)

Face-Off Wins:
Florida: Weiss(89), Goc(82), Kopecky(23), Kennedy(16), Matthias(14)
Buffalo: Roy and Gaustad(86), Adam(41), Pominville(28), Leino(21)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:
Florida: Jacob Markstrom 2-2-0 2.11 GAA .945 SV% 0 SO
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 4-3-0 2.01 GAA .933 SV% 1 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: Oct 20 @ Florida-Sabres Won 3-0

Season Series: Sabres Lead 1-0-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 41-24-4
All-Time @ Buffalo: Sabres Lead 23-9-3

Injury Report:
Florida: Clemmensen Knee Surgery(IR/Out), Bergenheim Lower Body(IR/Out), Samuelsson Groin(Questionable), Theodore Lower Body(Expected to be available)
Buffalo: Hecht Concussion(Out), Ennis Sprained Ankle(Out)

Next 5 Games:
Nov 2 vs. Philadelphia Flyers 7:30 PM(VERSUS HD)
Nov 4 vs. Calgary Flames 7:30 PM(MSG HD)
Nov 5 at Ottawa Senators 7:00 PM(MSG HD, CBC HD)
Nov 8 vs. Winnipeg Jets 7:00 PM(MSG HD, TSN HD)
Nov 11 vs. Ottawa Senators 7:30PM(MSG HD)

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Vanek’s 3 Points Night Powers Sabres to 4-2 Win Over Blue Jackets

The Sabres got their first official won on First Niagara Center Ice with a 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Thomas Vanek was a huge reason why recording 3 Points on the Night. With the 3 Points Vanek recorded his 400th Career Point in a Sabre Uniform. Vanek would set up the Sabres first goal of the Night on the Power Play on a Brad Boyes goal. The Sabres would take a 2-0 lead early in the 2nd Period when Vanek would hook up with Jason Pominville. The Blue Jackets wouldn’t go away when Vinny Prospal would cut the Sabres lead in half letting a wrist shot go past Jhonas Enroth. The Blue Jackets would tie the game at 2 half-way through the 3rd Period on a Fedor Tyutin Marker. Patrick Kaleta would put the Sabres in the lead for good less than 4 minutes later depositing a backhand behind Steve Mason. Vanek would set up Pominville again on the Power Play to put the game out of reach. Enroth recorded his 2nd Win of the Season stopping 41 Blue Jackets Shots.

The Sabres return to action on Saturday Night when they host Brian Campbell and the Florida Panthers at 7:00 PM. The Game can be seen on MSG HD.

Sabres Look To Get Back On Track Against Blue Jackets

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Last Game:

Columbus: Oct 25 vs. Red Wings Win 4-1

Buffalo: Oct 26 vs. Lightning Loss 4-3

Record:

Columbus: 1-7-2

Buffalo: 5-3-0

Points:

Columbus: 3

Buffalo: 10

Rank In Conference:

Columbus: 15th

Buffalo: 5th

Power Play Ranking:

Columbus: 11.1(26th)

Buffalo: 16.0(T-14th)

Penalty Kill Ranking:

Columbus: 67.7(30th)

Buffalo: 92.0(3rd)

Goals For:

Columbus: 21(14th)

Buffalo: 23(T-10th)

Goals Against:

Columbus: 29(29th)

Buffalo: 17(T-6th)

Shots For:

Columbus: 265(10th)

Buffalo: 242(16th)

Shots Against:

Columbus: 256(22nd)

Buffalo: 240(T-18th)

Blocked Shots:

Columbus: 109(19th)

Buffalo: 96(26th)

Hits:

Columbus: 253(2nd)

Buffalo: 134(26th)

Faceoff Percentage:

Columbus: 50.4(11th)

Buffalo: 49.9(15th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Columbus: Nash and Prospal(3), A. Johnson, Russell, and Brassard(2), 9 Tied with 1 Goal

Buffalo: Vanek(7), Adam and Stafford(3), Pominville and Gerbe(2), 6 Tied with 1 Goal

Assists:

Columbus: Nash and Prospal, and Clitsome(5), Vermette and Carter(3), 5 Tied with 2 Assists

Buffalo: Pominville(8), Vanek, Ehrhoff, and Adam(4), Gerbe, Roy, and Gragnani(3), Stafford, Myers, Sekera, and Boyes(2)

Points:

Columbus: Nash and Prospal(8), Clitsome(5), 6 Tied with 3 Points

Buffalo: Vanek(11), Pominville(10), Adam(7), Stafford, Ehrhoff, and Gerbe(5)

Plus/Minus:

Columbus: MacKenzie(+3), R. Johansen(+2), 6 Tied with a +1 Rating

Buffalo: Sekera(+6), Gragnani(+5), Gerbe(+4), Vanek, Boyes, and Pominville(+3)

Penalty Minutes:

Columbus: Dorsett(16), Prospal(10), Russell(8), Savard(6)

Buffalo: Gaustad(14), Vanek(10), McCormick(9), Stafford(8)

Shots:

Columbus: Nash(27), Prospal(25), Carter(20), Vermette and Umberger(19)

Buffalo: Vanek(34), Pominville(23), Stafford and Gerbe(20), Adam(18)

Blocked Shots:

Columbus: Tyutin(14), Clitsome(11), Methot(10), Russell and Umberger(9)

Buffalo: Regehr(16), Ehrhoff(12), Myers(10), Leopold(9)

Hits:

Columbus: Dorsett and MacKenzie(23), Tyutin(19), Pahlsson(17), Clitsome and Umberger(16)

Buffalo: Regehr(21), Kaleta(16), Gerbe(14), Myers and McCormick(12)

Face-Off Wins:

Columbus: Vermette(88), Carter(63), Pahlsson(60), Brassard and Mackenzie(18)

Buffalo: Roy(76), Gaustad(70), Adam(34), Pominville(22)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:

Columbus: Steve Mason 1-7-1 3.25 GAA .889 SV%

Buffalo:  Jhonas Enroth 1-0-0 2.00 GAA .935 SV%

Notes:

Last Meeting: Apr 9 Sabres Won 5-4

Season Series: Sabres Lead 2-0-0

All-Time: Blue Jackets Lead 7-4-1

All-Time vs. CBJ: Blue Jackets Lead 4-3-0

Blue Jackets beat Wings 4-1 for first victory

A couple of rookies, a returning veteran and a solid goaltending performance gave the Columbus Blue Jackets exactly what they’d needed so desperately — a victory.

First-round picks Ryan Johansen and John Moore both scored their first NHL goals, defenseman James Wisniewski looked solid in his Columbus debut and Steve Mason stopped 30 shots as the Blue Jackets beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 on Tuesday night for their first win in nine games this season.

For the Jackets, the sense of relief was palpable.

“I don’t feel like I weigh 275 pounds anymore. The win was the big thing,” said forward R.J. Umberger, who scored the game’s first goal just 21 seconds after the opening faceoff.

“I don’t think anyone in that dressing room has been through anything like the three weeks of hell we’ve been through,” coach Scott Arniel said.  “A lot of baggage came with it. I thought the Dallas game (a 3-2 loss last Tuesday) we played well and didn’t get rewarded. In Ottawa we played well for 59 minutes … Tonight everyone in the lineup stepped up and played a part.

“We were energized for 60 minutes. I’m glad for those guys to get that monkey off their back.”

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011020116&navid=sb:recap

Lightning rally, then hold off Sabres 4-3

Mathieu Garon didn’t let a couple of early goals get him down.

The Buffalo Sabres beat Garon twice on their first three shots Tuesday night at the First Niagara Center — two more times than they managed in Saturday’s 3-0 loss to the Lightning in Tampa Bay. But Garon and the Lightning both rebounded — the veteran goaltender stopped 35 of Buffalo’s last 36 shots, and the Lightning rallied for a 4-3 victory to complete a home-and-home sweep.

“You have to forget about the goals because if you give up another one it’s probably over,” Garon said. “You just have to worry about the next shot and battle through.”

Garon, who was signed as a free agent this summer to back up Dwayne Roloson, is taking an increasing share of the playing time away from the 42-year-old.

“He’s definitely a great goalie,”Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier said of Garon. “He’s making the big saves and it’s been tough to score on him lately. He’s really good to begin with, but now he’s getting his confidence back so that makes him even tougher to beat. Between him and Roloson, that’s a pretty good duo.”

Lightning nemesis Thomas Vanek started the scoring for the Sabres when he stole the puck from defenseman Eric Brewer and put a backhander through Garon’s five-hole just 1:56 after the opening faceoff. Vanek has now scored 23 goals in 26 career games against the Lightning.

“You have to create offense and you have to do it with speed,”Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. “I think on Saturday night in their place we were playing too east-west, so tonight we wanted to change that.”

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011020113&navid=sb:recap

This Day In Sabres History:

October 27, 2007 Vanek Completes Sabres Comeback over the Lightning

On this date 4 years ago the Buffalo Sabres took on the Tampa Bay Lightning from the St. Pete Times forum. The Lightning scored the first 2 goals in 1:20 span in the 2nd Period on goals from Vinny Prospal and Maxim Ouellet. The Sabres would quickly tie the game with the goals from Maxim Afinogenov and Paul Gaustad before the 2nd Period would end. Vincent Lecavalier Power Play marker put the Lightning back in the lead with less than 14 minutes left in regulation. Nathan Paetsch would tie the game for the Sabres with 6:47 left in the game. Thomas Vanek would complete the Sabres comeback scoring with 40.7 seconds left in Overtime. Ryan Miller got the win making 31 Saves. The win would mark the Sabres 5th win of the season.

Injury Report:

Columbus: Huselius Pectoral Surgery(IR/Out), Dekanich Sprained Ankle(IR/Out), Ruth Sprained Knee(IR/Out), Boll Broken Right Thumb(IR/Out), Carter Hairline Fracture in Right Foot(IR/Out), Sanford Groin(Out), Martinek Concussion(IR/Out), Methot Broken Right Thumb(Out)

Buffalo: Hecht Concussion(Questionable), Ennis Sprained Ankle(Out)

Next 5 Games:

Oct 29 vs. Florida Panthers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Nov 2 vs. Philadelphia Flyers 7:30 PM(VERSUS HD)

Nov 4 vs. Calgary Flames 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

Nov 5 at Ottawa Senators 7:00 PM(MSG HD, CBC HD)

Nov 8 vs. Winnipeg Jets 7:00 PM(MSG HD, TSN HD)

Sabres Look For Spark in Rematch Against Bolts

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Record:
Tampa Bay: 3-3-2
Buffalo: 5-2-0

Points:
Tampa Bay: 8
Buffalo: 10

Rank In Conference:
Tampa Bay: 7th
Buffalo: 5th

Power Play Ranking:
Tampa Bay: 14.8(T-18th)
Buffalo: 18.2(11th)

Penalty Kill Ranking:
Tampa Bay: 82.9(T-17th)
Buffalo: 90.9(4th)

Goals For:
Tampa Bay: 25(T-2nd)
Buffalo: 20(T-12th)

Goals Against:
Tampa Bay: 25(T-24th)
Buffalo: 13(T-3rd)

Shots For:
Tampa Bay: 248(7th)
Buffalo: 203(T-20th)

Shots Against:
Tampa Bay: 261(26th)
Buffalo: 217(16th)

Blocked Shots:
Tampa Bay: 136(2nd)
Buffalo: 89(25th)

Hits:
Tampa Bay: 164(15th)
Buffalo: 116(T-26th)

Faceoff Percentage:
Tampa Bay: 50.4(T-11th)
Buffalo: 48.7(T-19th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

Tampa Bay: St Louis, Lecavalier, Stamkos(3), Bergeron, Purcell, Malone, Clark, Hedman(2)
Buffalo: Vanek(6), Adam and Stafford(3), Pominville(2), 6 Tied with 1 Goal

Assists:
Tampa Bay: Bergeron(7), Purcell(5), St Louis(4), Shannon, Lecavalier, Stamkos(3)
Buffalo: Pominville(7), Vanek and Ehrhoff(4), Adam, Gerbe, Roy, and Gragnani(3), Stafford, Myers, and Sekera(2)

Points:
Tampa Bay: Bergeron(9), St Louis and Purcell(7), Stamkos and Lecavalier(6), Malone(4)
Buffalo: Vanek(10), Pominville(9), Adam(6), Stafford and Ehrhoff(5)

Plus/Minus:
Tampa Bay: Hedman(+5), Connolly(+4), St Louis and Lecavalier(+3)
Buffalo: Sekera(+6), Pominville(+4), Gerbe, Roy,Gragnani, Vanek(+3)

Penalty Minutes:
Tampa Bay: Downie(35), Moore(14), Kubina(10), Malone(9)
Buffalo: Gaustad(14), Vanek(8), McCormick(7), Ehrhoff, Roy, and Stafford(6)

Shots:
Tampa Bay: Lecavalier, St Louis, Stamkos(23), Connolly(17), Malone and Hedman(16)
Buffalo: Vanek(30), Stafford and Pominville(19), Ehrhoff(15), Adam and Gerbe(14)

Blocked Shots:
Tampa Bay: Clark(28), Brewer and Hedman(18), Kubina(12)
Buffalo: Regehr(16), Ehrhoff(12), Leopold(9), Myers(8), Gaustad(7)

Hits:
Tampa Bay: Brewer(21), Kubina(19), Downie(18), Hedman(13)
Buffalo: Regehr(20), Kaleta(13), Gerbe(12), Myers(11), McCormick and Gaustad(9)

Face-Off Wins:
Tampa Bay: Moore(65), Lecavalier(57), Stamkos(46), Hall(32)
Buffalo: Roy(62), Gaustad(61), Adam(29), Leino(21), Pominville(16)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:
Tampa Bay: Mathieu Garon 2-1-1 1.51 GAA .948 SV% 1 SO
Buffalo: Buffalo: Ryan Miller 4-2-0 1.68 GAA .946 SV% 1 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: Oct 22 @ Tampa Bay-Lightning Won 3-0

Season Series: Lightning Lead 1-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 46-20-5
All-Time @ Buffalo: Sabres Lead 22-11-2

Sabres Look For a Spark Against the Bolts
The Buffalo Sabres have only played one game at the newly-named (and newly renovated) First Niagara Center, and it’s one they would like to forget.
“Our fans got to see us play Carolina, and that’s not an indication of how we’ve been playing,” said Ryan Miller, referring the the 4-3 loss on October 14. “Just to get ourselves established at home would be nice. It’s been a little bit of a whirlwind to start the season.”
The Sabres have gone 5-1 on the road so far. Their only road loss was handed to them by the Lightning Saturday night in a 3-0 bout that saw the team put only 21 shots on Garon.
Tampa’s first goal came 4:51 into the 2nd when Kubina sent a shot through almost every player on the ice to beat Miller. Martin St. Louis managed to take advantage of an error by Leino, scoring his 3rd of the season all alone outside the crease with some fancy stickwork. Hedman sealed the game for the Lightning with an empty netter at 18:33.
The Sabres get to spend some time at home, as their next 5 games are at the foot of Washington Street. Tonight’s game is at 7:30, and can only be found on Versus (HD). Listen to Rick Jeanerette and Harry Neale on WGR 550.

This Day in Sabres History:
On October 25, 1991, the Sabres acquired one of the best American-born hockey players of all time. After turning down a 4 year, $6 million deal and refusing to report to the Islanders for the start of the 91-92 season, center Pat Lafontaine was traded, along with teammate Randy Wood and an undisclosed draft pick to Buffalo. Leaving the Sabres were defenceman Uwe Krupp, forwards Benoit Hogue and Dave McLlwain, and center Pierre Turgeon.
In 268 games with Buffalo, Lafontaine managed 158 goals and a total of 385 points. His #16 was retired by the organization on March 3, 2006.

Injury Report:
Tampa Bay: Jackson Knee Surgery(IR/Out), Ohlund Knee Surgery(IR/Out)
Buffalo: Ennis Sprained Ankle(Out), Ellis Lower Body(Questionable), Gaustad Undisclosed(Questionable), Hecht Concussion(Doubtful)

Next 5 Games:
Oct 27 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Oct 29 vs. Florida Panthers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Nov 2 vs. Philadelphia Flyers 7:30 PM(VERSUS HD)
Nov 4 vs. Calgary Flames 7:30 PM(MSG HD)
Nov 5 @ Ottawa Senators 7:00 PM(MSG HD, CBC)

Sabres Road Unbeaten Streak Ends with 3-0 Loss To Lightning

The Sabres 4 Game Winning Streak on the Road ended tonight in a 3-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Pavel Kubina, Martin St. Louis and Victor Hedman got the goals for the Lightning. Mathieu Garon had an easy night stopping all 21 Sabre Shots. Ryan Miller stopped 23 of 25 Tampa shots. The Sabres also lost Tyler Ennis to an apparent lower left leg injury. According to Head Coach Lindy Ruff Ennis will be re-evaluated tomorrow and will now more then. The Sabres finished up their 4 Game Road Trip getting a 6 out of a possible 8 points.

The Sabres return home to kick off a 5 Game Home Stand against these Tampa Bay Lightning. The Game is at 7:30 PM and will be on VERSUS HD. The only way to listen to RJ and Harry Neale is on WGR 550.

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Sabres Finish Up 4 Game Road Trip In The First Of A Home And Home With The Lightning

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Last Game:

Tampa Bay: Oct 20 vs. NY Islanders Win 4-1

Buffalo: Oct 20 at Panthers Win 3-0

Record:

Tampa Bay: 2-3-2

Buffalo: 5-1-0

Points:

Tampa Bay: 6

Buffalo: 10

Rank In Conference:

Tampa Bay: 12th

Buffalo: 3rd

Power Play Ranking:

Tampa Bay: 15.4(17th)

Buffalo: 21.0(8th)

Penalty Kill Ranking:

Tampa Bay: 81.6(21st)

Buffalo: 90.5(6th)

Goals For:

Tampa Bay: 22(T-2nd)

Buffalo: 20(T-5th)

Goals Against:

Tampa Bay: 25(29th)

Buffalo: 10(T-4th)

Shots For:

Tampa Bay: 222(T-4th)

Buffalo: 182(15th)

Shots Against:

Tampa Bay: 240(29th)

Buffalo: 191(16th)

Blocked Shots:

Tampa Bay: 114(2nd)

Buffalo: 83(21st)

Hits:

Tampa Bay: 144(10th)

Buffalo: 95(27th)

Faceoff Percentage:

Tampa Bay: 50.2(12th)

Buffalo: 48.8(19th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Tampa Bay: Lecavalier and Stamkos(3), Bergeron, St. Louis, Purcell, Malone, and Clark(2), 6 Tied with 1 Goal

Buffalo: Vanek(6), Adam and Stafford(3), Pominville(2), 6 Tied with 1 Goal

Assists:

Tampa Bay: Bergeron(7), Purcell(4), Shannon and St. Louis(3), 6 Tied with 2 Assists

Buffalo: Pominville(7), Vanek and Ehrhoff(4), Adam, Gerbe, Roy, and Gragnani(3), Stafford, Myers, and Sekera(2)

Points:

Tampa Bay: Bergeron(9), Purcell(6), Stamkos, Lecavalier, and St. Louis(5), Malone(4)

Buffalo: Vanek(10), Pominville(9), Adam(6), Stafford and Ehrhoff(5)

Plus/Minus:

Tampa Bay: Hedman and B. Connolly(+3), 8 Tied with a +1 Rating

Buffalo: Sekera and Pominville(+6), Vanek(+5), Gerbe, Roy, and Leopold(+4), Myers and Gragnani(+3)

Penalty Minutes:

Tampa Bay: Downie(33), Moore(14), Kubina(10), Malone(9)

Buffalo: Gaustad(14), Vanek(8), McCormick(7), Ehrhoff, Roy, and Stafford(6)

Shots:

Tampa Bay: Lecavalier(23), Stamkos(22), St. Louis(20), Thompson(19)

Buffalo: Vanek(27), Pominville(17), Stafford(15), Ehrhoff and Adam(14)

Blocked Shots:

Tampa Bay: Clark(26), Brewer(18), Hedman(13), Kubina(9)

Buffalo: Regehr(16), Ehrhoff(12), Leopold(9), Gaustad and Myers(7)

Hits:

Tampa Bay: Brewer(19), Downie(17), Kubina(16), Hedman(13)

Buffalo: Regehr(16), Gerbe(11), Myers(9), McCormick and Kaleta(8)

Face-Off Wins:

Tampa Bay: Moore(59), Lecavalier(52), Stamkos(40), Hall(27)

Buffalo: Roy(56), Gaustad(55), Adam(24), Leino(18)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:

Tampa Bay: Mathieu Garon 1-1-1 1.93 GAA .938 SV%

Buffalo:  Ryan Miller 4-1-0 1.61 GAA .950 SV% 1 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: Apr 5 Sabres Won 4-2

Season Series: Tied 2-2-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 46-19-5

All-Time at T.B.: Sabres Lead 24-8-3

Lightning snap slump by beating Islanders 4-1

One week after getting pummeled on Long Island, the Tampa Bay Lightning returned the favor.

The Lightning completely shut down the New York Islanders on Thursday night in a 4-1 victory that ended a five-game losing streak. One of those games was a 5-1 loss at the Nassau Coliseum in which the Islanders dominated virtually from the opening faceoff.

The Lightning then lost a home-and-home series to Florida, but the team that took the ice Thursday night played like the one that came within one victory of going to the Stanley Cup Final last spring.

“It was about discipline,” Lightning coach Guy Boucher said. “Everybody was on the same page.”

Ryan Malone, Vincent Lecavalier, Steven Stamkos and Brett Clark provided the offense. The defense was a team effort — the Lightning limited the Isles to just 17 shots.

“Definitely, that’s the way we want to play,” Lecavalier said. “Last year we were successful because we played like that.”

The Islanders, who hadn’t played since Saturday, got a third-period goal from Michael Grabner but looked listless as they saw their three-game winning streak end. It was New York’s first road game of the season.

“They outworked us,” coach Jack Capuano said. “They had more desperation to their game. They got around our goaltender, and our forwards didn’t get around their goaltender. And to me that was a huge difference in the game, their net presence versus our net presence.”

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011020084

Surging Sabres blank Panthers 3-0

SUNRISE, Fla. — Buffalo forward Thomas Vanek didn’t have a lot of  words to explain the chemistry he’s had with linemate Jason Pominville this season. Their play continues to speak volumes.

Vanek scored twice and Pominville had a goal and a pair of assists to lead the Sabres to a 3-0 victory against the Florida Panthers on Thursday night. Ryan Miller made 22 saves for the shutout.

“Yeah … I mean, yeah, so far it’s working,” Vanek said. “It’s a long year, but right now it’s good.”

With the two goals, Vanek now has six on the season to go along with four assists. He’s scored at least one point in each of Buffalo’s six games. Pominville has two goals and seven assists, and the pair is a big reason the Sabres are off to a 5-1-0 start.

“They like playing with each other,” coach Lindy Ruff said. “You hope that we can get the chemistry with another two guys on a different line in that sense. If you start to know where you’re at and you can get pucks to place where you’re anticipating, it makes you even more dangerous.”

Miller wasn’t tested very much in earning his 23rd career shutout and second against the Panthers. His best save probably came in the first period on a Kris Versteeg shot from the slot.

It was a much quieter night for Miller than Buffalo’s previous game — he stopped 40 of 41 shots in a 3-1 victory at Montreal on Tuesday.

“We owed him one, so I thought that was important, too, for the way we played in Montreal,” Ruff said. “I thought that last 40 minutes, and especially when leading, we stayed away from any of the odd-numbered stuff and we were going to make Florida earn something if they were going to get it.”

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011020085&navid=sb:recap

This Day In Sabres History:

Oct 22, 1997 Holzinger’s 2 Goals Power Sabres to 4-1 Win over the Flames

On this Date in 1997 the Sabres took on the Calgary Flames from the then named Marine Midland Arena. Sabres forward Brian Holzinger had one of his more memorable nights scoring twice in the Sabres 4-1 win over the Flames. Brad May and Darryl Shannon also had goals for the Sabres. Calgary only goal came from one of the current Sabres assistant coaches James Patrick. Dominik Hasek got the win stopping 17 Shots.

Injury Report:

Tampa Bay: Jackson Left Knee Surgery(IR/Out), Ohlund Arthroscopic Knee Surgery(IR/Out)

Buffalo: Hecht Concussion(Questionable), Gaustad Hip Flexor(Probable), Stafford Undisclosed(Probable)

Next 5 Games:

Oct 25 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30 PM(VERSUS HD, TSN 2 HD)

Oct 27 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Oct 29 vs. Florida Panthers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Nov 2 vs. Philadelphia Flyers 7:30 PM(VERSUS HD)

Nov 4 vs. Calgary Flames 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

Vanek’s 2 Goals help Sabres tame Panthers 3-0

The Sabres keep up their winning ways on the road with a dominate 3-0 victory over the Florida Panthers Tonight. Thomas Vanek scored twice on the Night(1 PPG) and Jason Pominville added 3 Points(1G, 2A). Vanek’s first of the night came 2:33 into the 2nd Period when he redirected a Jason Pominville shot past Jose Theodore. Jason Pominville would put the Sabres up 2-0 after receiving a cross-ice pass from Ville Leino on a 2 on 0 in front of Theodore with a little over 3 minutes left in the frame. Vanek would chip in a Power Play marker late in the 3rd Period on a great Slap Shot. Ryan Miller had an easy night stopping all 22 shots earning his 4th win of the season and his 1st shutout. Jose Theodore was good for the Panthers making 35 saves.

The Sabres return to action on Saturday Night when they visit Steven Stamkos on the Tampa Bay Lightning at 7:30 PM in the first half of a home and home series. Game can be seen on MSG HD with Pregame starting at 7:00 PM.

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Buffalo Looks to Keep Perfect Road Record Versus Panthers

  7:30 PM

Last Game:
Florida: Oct 18 @ Washington-Panthers Lost 0-3

Buffalo: Oct 18 @ Montreal-Sabres Won 3-1

Record:
Florida: 3-2-0
Buffalo: 4-1-0

Points:
Florida: 6
Buffalo: 8

Rank In Conference:
Florida: 9th
Buffalo: 5th

Power Play Ranking:
Florida: 29.6(2nd)
Buffalo: 18.8(T-11th)

Penalty Kill Ranking:
Florida: 84.6(14th)
Buffalo: 90.0(6th)

Goals For:
Florida: 13(T-16th)
Buffalo: 17(T-5th)

Goals Against:
Florida: 13(T-13th)
Buffalo: 10(T-8th)

Shots For:
Florida: 154(T-15th)
Buffalo: 144(20th)

Shots Against:
Florida: 157(17th)
Buffalo: 169(22nd)

Blocked Shots:
Florida: 53(29th)
Buffalo: 73(17th)

Hits:
Florida: 120(12th)
Buffalo: 74(28th)

Faceoff Percentage:
Florida: 50.7(12th)
Buffalo: 49.2(19th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:
Florida: Versteeg and Weiss(3), Garrison(2), 5 Players with (1)
Buffalo: Vanek(4), Adam and Stafford(3), 7 Players With(1)

Assists:
Florida: Campbell(7), Versteeg(4), Weiss(3), 3 Players with (2)
Buffalo: Pominville(5), Ehrhoff and Vanek(4), Adam, Roy, Gerbe(3)

Points:
Florida: Versteeg and Campbell(7), Weiss(6), Fleischmann Jovanovski(3)
Buffalo: Vanek(8), Adam and Pominville(6), Stafford and Ehrhoff(5)

Plus/Minus:
Florida: Fleischmann, Versteeg, Weaver(+1)
Buffalo: Sekera(+5), Gerbe, Roy, Pominville(+4), Vanek, Leopold, Gragnani(+3)

Penalty Minutes:
Florida: Gudbranson(24), Upshall(17), Carter(6), Kulikov, Fleischmann, Bergenheim(4)
Buffalo: Gaustad(9), Vanek(8), McCormick(7), Roy and Ehrhoff(6)

Shots:
Florida: Weiss and Versteeg(16), Bergenheim(15), Skille(14), Booth(13)
Buffalo: Vanek(22), Pominville(14), Stafford(13), Ehrhoff and Adam(12)

Blocked Shots:
Florida: Weaver(10), Campbell and Garrison(9), Jovanovski(5), Kulikov(4)
Buffalo: Regehr(14), Ehrhoff(10), Leopold and Myers(7), Pominville(6)

Hits:
Florida: Bergenheim(13), Bradley(12), Upshall(11), Booth(10)
Buffalo: Regehr(14), McCormick(7), Myers, Ehrhoff, Gerbe, Kaleta(6)

Face-Off Wins:
Florida: Weiss(50), Goc(45), Kopecky(21), Carter(12), Matthias(11)
Buffalo: Roy and Gaustad(49), Adam(22), Leino(16), Pominville(14)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:
Florida: Jose Theodore 3-1-0 2.47 GAA .920 SV% 1 SO
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 3-1-0 2.01 GAA .942 SV% 0 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: Mar 25 @ Buffalo-Sabres Won 4-2

Season Series: Panthers Won 2-1-1
All-Time: Sabres Lead 40-24-4
All-Time at FLA: Sabres Lead 17-15-1

Caps stay perfect by blanking Panthers 3-0
Tomas Vokoun was clearly fired up to face his former team Tuesday night.
Vokoun, who signed with the Washington Capitals during the offseason, blanked the Florida Panthers with a 20-save performance in a 3-0 victory at the Verizon Center. With the victory, the Caps improved to 5-0-0 on the season, the best start in franchise history.
Marcus Johansson, Alexander Semin and Jason Chimera scored for the Capitals, who led just 1-0 after 40 minutes.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011020070

Miller stops 40 shots in Sabres’ 3-1 win over Habs
Ryan Miller was the lone reason the Buffalo Sabres got out of Montreal on Tuesday night with two points, and his teammates know it.
Miller almost singlehandedly kept the Sabres in the game with 39 saves, including 29 through two periods, making goals by Jordan Leopold and Thomas Vanek stand up in a 3-1 win against the Canadiens.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011020072

Injury Report:
Florida: Clemmensen Knee Surgery(IR/Out), Santorelli Shoulder(IR/Out), Bergenheim Undisclosed(Questionable)
Buffalo: Hecht Concussion(Questionable)

Next 5 Games:
Oct 22 at Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30 PM(MSG HD)
Oct 25 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30 PM(VERSUS HD, TSN 2 HD)
Oct 27 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Oct 29 vs. Florida Panthers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Nov 2 vs. Philadelphia Flyers 7:30 PM(VERSUS HD, TSN 2 HD)

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Sabres Improve to 4-1 with Win Over Montreal

Ryan Miller managed to stop 40-of-41 shots Tuesday, helping the Sabres edge out the Habs 3-1 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
The stellar play of Miller seemed to be the only thing keeping the team alive, as after the first period Buffalo managed just 3 shots to Montreal’s 14.
The Habs opened the scoring just 2:08 into the 2nd, with D Raphael Diaz showing patience and beating Miller to net his first NHL goal. After fighting majors handed down to McCormick and Moen, Jordan Leopold snuck up on Carey Price and got his first of the season from Stafford and Roy at 12:11. Then, with just under 5 seconds left in the period, Gaustad managed to win the draw deep in Montreal territory, setting up what will most likely be one of the plays of the year. Gragnani grabbed the puck, got it back to Pominville, then with only 2 seconds left, Vanek fired it past Price to get #4 on the season.
After a late 3rd period surge from the Habs, Christian Ehrhoff fired a shot 180 feet down the ice and into the empty net for his first goal of the season, securing the win for Buffalo.
The Sabres remain undefeated on the road, and hope to continue that streak when they face former Sabre Brian Campbell and the Florida Panthers on Thursday. Game Time is 7:30 and will be on MSG HD. They then travel to Tampa Bay to face off against Steven Stamkos and the Lightning on Saturday(MSG HD, 7:00). The team will return to Buffalo and the First Niagara Center to play Tampa again Tuesday(Versus HD, TSN2, 7:30).

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Sabres Look To Go 4-0 On The Road In Montreal

@ 7:30 PM

Last Game:
Montreal: Oct 15 vs. Colorado-Canadiens Lost 6-5(SO)

Buffalo: Oct 15 @ Pittsburgh-Sabres Won 3-2

Record:
Montreal: 1-2-1
Buffalo: 3-1-0

Points:
Montreal: 3
Buffalo: 6

Rank In Conference:
Montreal: 12th
Buffalo: 5th

Power Play Ranking:
Montreal: 12.5(20th)
Buffalo: 20.0(13th)

Penalty Kill Ranking:
Montreal: 79.0(22nd)
Buffalo: 86.7(12th)

Goals For:
Montreal: 11(T-17th)
Buffalo: 14(T-5th)

Goals Against:
Montreal: 12(20th)
Buffalo: 9(T-9th)

Shots For:
Montreal: 133(14th)
Buffalo: 121(19th)

Shots Against:
Montreal: 100(T-5th)
Buffalo: 128(17th)

Blocked Shots:
Montreal: 64(T-14th)
Buffalo: 50(25th)

Hits:
Montreal: 72(23rd)
Buffalo: 56(T-28th)

Faceoff Percentage:
Montreal: 48.6(20th)
Buffalo: 49.2(T-18th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

Montreal: Pacioretty, Plekanec, Moen(2), 5 Players With (1)
Buffalo: Vanek, Adam, Stafford(3), Pominville, Leino, Gaustad, Roy, Gerbe(1)

Assists:
Montreal: Pacioretty, Plekanec,Desharnais, Gionta, Gorges(2), 7 Players With (1)
Buffalo: Pominville, Ehrhoff, Vanek(4), Adam and Gerbe(3), Sekera(2)

Points:
Montreal: Pacioretty and Plekanec(4), Moen, Desharnais, Gionta(3)
Buffalo: Vanek(7), Adam(6), Pominville(5), Stafford, Ehrhoff, Gerbe(4)

Plus/Minus:
Montreal: Weber and Gorges(+4), Moen, Pacioretty, Diaz, Desharnais, Gionta(+1)
Buffalo: Gerbe(+4), Sekera and Leopold(+3), Roy, Myers, Pominville, Boyes, Adam, Gragnani(+2)

Penalty Minutes:
Montreal: Subban(6), Weber, Diaz, Gill, Gomez, Cole, Gionta(4)
Buffalo: Gaustad(9), Ehrhoff(6), Roy, Regehr, Stafford, Gerbe, Vanek(4), Pominville, McCormick, Myers(2)

Shots:
Montreal: Pacioretty(18), Plekanec(14), Subban(12), Gomez and Darche(11)
Buffalo: Vanek(20), Pominville(12), Stafford and Adam(10), Gerbe and Ehrhoff(9)

Blocked Shots:
Montreal: Gorges(14), Diaz and Gill(9), Weber(4), Emelin, Engqvist, Plekanec(3)
Buffalo: Regehr(10), Ehrhoff(7), Leopold(6), Myers and Pominville(4)

Hits:
Montreal: Cole(14), Moen(10), Kostitsyn(7), Emelin and Pacioretty(6)
Buffalo: Regehr(12), Myers(6), Gerbe(5), Ehrhoff, McCormick, Gaustad, and Kaleta(4)

Face-Off Wins:
Montreal: Plekanec(51), Gomez(34), Desharnais(20), Engqvist(12)
Buffalo: Roy(39), Gaustad(35), Adam(18), Leino(13), Pominville(12)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:
Montreal: Carey Price 1-2-1 2.96 GAA .880 SV% 0 SO
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 2-1-0 2.35 GAA .928 SV% 0 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: Mar 22 @ Montreal-Sabres Won 2-0

Season Series: Montreal Won 3-1-2
All-Time: Sabres Lead 128-118-31
All-Time at MTL: Canadiens Lead 78-47-12

Avs top Canadiens 6-5 in shootout

…The Canadiens trailed 4-3 before Gionta put a backhander past Varlamov to tie it 12:57 into the third. Desharnais deflected Pacioretty’s pass into the right side of the net for his first goal of the season 50 seconds later, triggering a roar from the sellout crowd of 21,273 at the Bell Center.
“It was a roller-coaster,” Price said. “I thought the guys played well and deserved better. It was a tough one for me tonight, obviously, with five goals. I wish I would have played better but at least we got a point out of it. We can move forward with that, I guess.”
Jones set up Kobasew’s first goal with Colorado in the opening period, then scored twice in the second. He tied it 2-2 at 11:37 with a power-play wrister off a pass from Erik Johnson, then gave the Avs a 4-3 lead at 18:42.
Stastny made it 3-2 with an unassisted goal 54 seconds after Jones’ first tally, stripping P.K. Subban at center ice and beating Price on a breakaway with a backhander through the pads.
“I saw the puck was in my range and just made a quick poke at it and went with it,” Stastny said.
Moen tied it 3-3 at 15:51 into the second when he took Gionta’s pass and drove down the left side before beating Varlamov inside the left post.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011020050

Adam, Gerbe lead Sabres past Pens

Nearly every Buffalo Sabres trip to Pittsburgh of recent vintage has ended with the same result — a loss created by one of the Penguins’ multiple stars.
With Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin both out of the Penguins’ lineup again early in the season, this became a fortuitous time for Buffalo to travel to perhaps its least-favorite city.
Luke Adam and Nathan Gerbe each scored a goal and set up another, Jhonas Enroth made 30 saves in his first start this season and the Sabres rebounded from a home-opener loss one night before to defeat the offense-thin Penguins 3-2 on Saturday at the Consol Energy Center.
“Obviously those guys are two of the best players in the League,” Enroth said of the missing Crosby and Malkin. “They’re going to be good when those guys get back.”

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011020053

 

This Day In Sabres History:
Buffalo remains perfect
October 18, 2006
Maxim Afinogenov had a goal and four assists, helping the Buffalo Sabres maintain their perfect record in a 9-1 rout of the visiting Philadelphia Flyers last night.
Thomas Vanek had two goals and two assists, and Derek Roy scored twice for the Sabres (6-0), who posted a six-goal second period and are two wins shy of matching their best start set in 1975.
Buffalo has also won 11 straight regular-season games, tying the franchise record established 21 years ago.
Also scoring for the Sabres were Chris Drury, who extended his point streak to six games (seven goals and three assists), Jiri Novotny, Jaroslav Spacek , and Henrik Tallinder. Buffalo had its biggest offensive output since a 10-1 win over Los Angeles last January.

Injury Report:
Montreal: Markov Knee Inflammation(IR), Nash Shoulder Surgery(IR/Out), White Leg(IR/Out), Campoli Leg(IR/Out), Cammalleri Lacerated Leg(Out), Spacek Upper Body(Out)
Buffalo: Hecht Concussion(Doubtful)

Next 5 Games:
Oct 20 at Florida Panthers 7:30 PM(MSG HD)
Oct 22 at Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30 PM(MSG HD)
Oct 25 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30 PM(VERSUS HD, TSN 2 HD)
Oct 27 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Oct 29 vs. Florida Panthers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

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