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Sabres Visit Stanley Cup Champion Bruins Looking To Stay Hot

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Last Game:

Boston: Nov 10 vs. Oilers Win 6-3

Buffalo: Nov 11 vs. Senators Win 5-1

Record:

Boston: 7-7-0

Buffalo: 10-5-0

Points:

Boston: 14

Buffalo: 20

Rank In Conference:

Boston: 11th

Buffalo: 5th

Power Play Ranking:

Boston: 18.5(T-11th)

Buffalo: 18.6(10th)

Penalty Kill Ranking:

Boston: 87.7(9th)

Buffalo: 90.7(2nd)

Goals For:

Boston: 45(T-7th)

Buffalo: 46(6th)

Goals Against:

Boston: 33(T-5th)

Buffalo: 34(7th)

Shots For:

Boston: 460(14th)

Buffalo: 468(11th)

Shots Against:

Boston: 404(T-5th)

Buffalo: 470(18th)

Blocked Shots:

Boston: 182(24th)

Buffalo: 178(25th)

Hits:

Boston: 303(20th)

Buffalo: 233(T-29th)

Faceoff Percentage:

Boston: 53.7(1st)

Buffalo: 52.5(4th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Boston: Seguin(9), Lucic(8), Horton and Marchand(4), P. Bergeron, Krejci, Peverley, and Kelly(3)

Buffalo: Vanek(10), Pominville(6), Adam and Roy(5), Stafford(4)

Assists:

Boston: Chara(9), Seguin and P. Bergeron(8), Corvo(7), Lucic and Horton(6)

Buffalo: Pominville(13), Vanek(9), Ehrhoff(8), Adam and Roy(7)

Points:

Boston: Seguin(17), Lucic(14), P. Bergeron(11), Horton and Chara(10)

Buffalo: Vanek and Pominville(19), Adam and Roy(12), Gerbe and Ehrhoff(9), Boyes(7)

Plus/Minus:

Boston: Seguin(+11), P. Bergeron, Chara, Kelly, Marchand, and Lucic(+6), Boychuk(+4), Ference(+3)

Buffalo: Gerbe(+8), Gaustad and Sekera(+6), Vanek and Gragnani(+5), Leopold, Boyes, and Pominville(+3)

Penalty Minutes:

Boston: Chara and Marchand(31), G. Campbell(28), Horton(26), S. Thornton and Lucic(22)

Buffalo: McCormick(24), Gaustad(20), Kaleta(18), Vanek(16)

Shots:

Boston: Seguin(44), P. Bergeron(43), Chara(37), Seidenberg(31)

Buffalo: Vanek(53), Pominville(50), Stafford(39), Gerbe and Roy(37)

Blocked Shots:

Boston: Seidenberg(32), Boychuk(21), Ference and McQuaid(15), Chara and Corvo(14)

Buffalo: Regehr(25), Myers(23), Ehrhoff(20), Sekera(17)

Hits:

Boston: Chara and Seidenberg(34), Lucic(32), Boychuk(30), Ference and S. Thornton(21)

Buffalo: Regehr(41), Kaleta(30), Gaustad(25), Myers and Gerbe(20)

Face-Off Wins:

Boston: P. Bergeron(137), Krejci(86), Kelly(75), G. Campbell(68)

Buffalo: Roy and Gaustad(147), Adam(64), Pominville(57), Leino(25)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:

Boston: Tim Thomas 5-4-0 2.00 GAA .931 SV% 1 SO

Buffalo:  Ryan Miller 5-5-0 2.74 GAA .913 SV% 1 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: Mar 10 Sabres Won(OT) 4-3

Season Series: Sabres Won  4-1-1

All-Time: Sabres Lead 112-107-38

All-Time at BOS: Bruins Lead 66-44-18

Bruins keep rolling, beat Oilers 6-3

Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien has learned that the best way to shake trash-talking winger Brad Marchand out of a slump is to issue a verbal challenge of his own.

So, one year after Marchand boasted how he would score 20 goals and then backed it up with 21 in the 2010-11 regular season, Julien hinted to Marchand this week that his recent nine-game goal drought was hampering any attempt to repeat last season’s success.

“He said something to me, I think it was yesterday. He said, ‘It looks like it’s going to be a tough year to get 20 again’ or something like that,” Marchand said Thursday night, minutes after he scored two goals to help Boston beat Edmonton 6-3. “It was kind of a kick in the butt. So it was good to get a couple here, but it’s still very early on in the year.”

Marchand’s pair of goals – which doubled his season total entering Thusday – made him the offensive star in the Bruins’ fourth straight victory. He stole the show on a night meant for the anticipated showdown between Edmonton forward Taylor Hall and his Boston counterpart Tyler Seguin – the No. 1 and 2 overall selections in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Seguin won that personal battle, finishing with a goal and an assist to run his current points streak to five games. Hall finished with an assist, which snapped his three-game point drought. After the game Hall said he was more concerned not with personal rivalries but with his team’s second loss in its last three outings.

“It’s a game between the Oilers and the Bruins. I honestly didn’t give it much thought unless you guys are asking me about it,” said Hall about the matchup with Seguin. “But whenever you’re matched up against someone you always want to do the best you can and try to play for your team, and that’s what I tried to do tonight. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough.”

Another battle within the game was between both teams’ No. 2 goaltenders, as Tuukka Rask started his second consecutive game for Boston and Devan Dubnyk occupied Edmonton’s crease for the second time in three games. Rask stopped 27 of 30 shots, while Dubnyk made just 22 saves on 28 shots.

Rask has now won consecutive decisions for the first time since he won four in a row from Feb. 17 to Mar. 1, 2011.

“Well two wins for me, so that’s unusual so far. So it’s a good thing,” said Rask, who has gone 2-0 since starting the season winless in three starts.

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Sabres roll over slumping Senators 5-1

Jhonas Enroth continues to make the case for more playing time.

The Buffalo Sabres’ rookie goaltender improved to 5-0-0 this season by stopping 36 shots Friday night in a 5-1 victory against the Ottawa Senators at First Niagara Center.

With starter Ryan Miller struggling, coach Lindy Ruff gave Enroth his third start in four games. He’s won all of them. Miller won the other one — a 6-5 OT victory against Winnipeg on Tuesday.

Enroth has allowed just eight goals in his five wins.

“He’s done a good job coming in,” said center Derek Roy, who has four goals and eight points during the winning streak, including the first goal on Friday. “He’s stepped up in the games, made big saves for us, and has gotten some big wins for us.”

Though the Sabres were outshot 37-21, they made the most of their opportunities by crashing the net. All five goals were scored from within 10 feet of the net.

“I thought the difference in the game was they went to the net way harder than we did and with more determination,” Ottawa coach Paul MacLean said. “I think it’s a step back because of the score, but it’s also something we can learn from.”

The Sabres scored a pair of early goals 16 seconds apart, both on rebounds. Roy beat Craig Anderson just 2:09 into the game, and Matt Ellis scored at 2:25 on the Sabres’ sixth shot of the night, sending Anderson to the bench in favor of Alex Auld.

“It was 2-0,” MacLean said when asked why he pulled Anderson — the third time this season he’s done so.

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This Day In Sabres History:

November 12, 1988 Sabres Trade Barrasso To Penguins

On this day in 1988 The Buffalo Sabres Traded Goaltender Tom Barrasso to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Darrin Shannon and Doug Bodger. Barrasso played 6 Seasons with the Sabres totaling 266 Games Played 124-102-28 13 Shutouts 3.28 GAA .879 Save Percentage. Barrasso would go on to win 2 Stanley Cups with the Penguins.

Injury Report:

Boston: Savard Post-Concussion Syndrome(IR/Out), Paille Facial Surgery(Doubtful), Ference Lower Body(Questionable), Peverley Undisclosed(Questionable)

Buffalo: Hecht Concussion(IR/Out), Ennis Sprained Ankle(Out)

Next 5 Games:

Nov 14 at Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM(VERSUS HD)

Nov 16 vs. New Jersey Devils 7:30 PM(VERSUS HD)

Nov 18 at Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Nov 19 vs. Phoenix Coyotes 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Nov 23 vs. Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Sabres face off against Sens tonight at 7:30

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Last Game:
Ottawa: Nov 9 vs. Rangers-Senators Lost 3-2

Buffalo: Nov 8 vs. Jets-Sabres Won 6-5(OT)

Record:
Ottawa: 7-8-1
Buffalo: 9-5-0

Points:
Ottawa: 15
Buffalo: 18

Rank In Conference:
Ottawa: 10th
Buffalo: 7th

Power Play Ranking:
Ottawa: 24.5(4th)
Buffalo: 20.4(9th)

Penalty Kill Ranking:
Ottawa: 75.4(25th)
Buffalo: 92.0(2nd)

Goals For:
Ottawa: 44(8th)
Buffalo: 41(T-14th)

Goals Against:
Ottawa: 57(29th)
Buffalo: 33(T-6th)

Shots For:
Ottawa: 492(3rd)
Buffalo: 447(16th)

Shots Against:
Ottawa: 484(T-25th)
Buffalo: 433(14th)

Blocked Shots:
Ottawa: 209(T-17th)
Buffalo: 164(27th)

Hits:
Ottawa: 369(4th)
Buffalo: 233(29th)

Faceoff Percentage:
Ottawa: 52.3(T-4th)
Buffalo: 52.3(T-4th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

Ottawa: Michalek(10), Spezza(6), Greening, Foligno, Alfredsson(4)
Buffalo: Vanek(10), Pominville(6), Adam, Roy, Stafford(4), Gerbe(3)

Assists:
Ottawa: Karlsson(13), Spezza(10), Gonchar(9), Michalek, Kuba, Smith(5)
Buffalo: Pominville(12), Vanek(8), Adam and Ehrhoff(7), Gerbe(6)

Points:
Ottawa: Spezza(16), Michalek(15), Karlsson(14), Gonchar(9), Greening(8)
Buffalo: Vanek and Pominville(18), Adam(11), Roy and Gerbe(9)

Plus/Minus:
Ottawa: Regin and Kuba(+3), Smith(+2), Condra, Winchester, Filatov(+1)
Buffalo: Gerbe(+8), Gaustad(+6), Sekera(+5), Vanek(+4), Boyes(+3)

Penalty Minutes:
Ottawa: Konopka(59), Neil(52), Smith(26), Karlsson(14), Cowen(11)
Buffalo: McCormick(24), Gaustad and Kaleta(18), Stafford(14), Vanek and Gerbe(12)

Shots:
Ottawa: Karlsson(55), Michalek(50), Spezza(46), Greening and Neil(34)
Buffalo: Vanek(53), Pominville(48), Gerbe and Stafford(36), Roy(35)

Blocked Shots:
Ottawa: Kuba(29), Phillips(25), Cowen, Rundblad, Smith(15), Gonchar and Greening(13)
Buffalo: Regehr(22), Myers(21), Ehrhoff(19), Leopold and Sekera(14)

Hits:
Ottawa: Neil(51), Cowen and Foligno(40), Greening(32), Phillips(30)
Buffalo: Regehr(38), Kaleta(30), Gaustad(25), Myers(20), Gerbe and McCormick(19)

Face-Off Wins:
Ottawa: Spezza(208), Smith(96), Da Costa(53), Konopka(37)
Buffalo: Roy(141), Gaustad(134), Adam(58), Pominville(55)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:
Ottawa: Craig Anderson 6-5-1 3.47 GAA .886 SV% 0 SO
Buffalo: Jhonas Enroth 4-0-0 1.41 GAA .952 SV% 0 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: Nov 5 @ Ottawa-Sabres Won 3-2(SO)

Season Series: Sabres Lead 1-0-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 67-47-10
All-Time @ Buffalo: Sabres Lead 34-25-3

Injury Report:
Ottawa: Carkner Knee Surgery(IR/Out), Regin Shoulder(IR/Out)
Buffalo: Hecht Concussion(Out), Ennis Sprained Ankle(Out), Leino Undisclosed(Questionable), Myers Undisclosed(Probable), Kaleta Suspension(Out)

Next 5 Games:
Nov 12 at Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Nov 14 at Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM(VERSUS HD)
Nov 16 vs. New Jersey Devils 7:30 PM(VERSUS HD)
Nov 18 at Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Nov 19 vs. Phoenix Coyotes 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

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Pegula’s Statement about Penn State Scandal

Pegula released the following statement minutes ago through the Sabres:

“The events that are unfolding at Penn State University are deeply troubling and a matter of great concern to me and my wife Kim.  As many have expressed, our primary concern is for the individuals and families who may have been victimized.”

“Penn State’s reputation has been severely tarnished. We are encouraged to see the University trustees have begun the process of restoring integrity and trust in the institution. This process will take a period of time and trust will need to be re-earned as a result of these recent disclosures.”

“Penn State is supported by millions of students, alumni, faculty, staff and administrators. Our own support for Penn State and its hockey program is well known and will continue. We expect the University will carry out its educational mission with high standards and integrity.”

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According to this article in the Buffalo News, Sabres’ owner Terry Pegula has declined to comment on the child sex scandal that has been uncovered at Penn State.    This is a bit disconcerting to me.  While I can understand that Mr. Pegula may not want to comment directly on the scandal given the gravity of the charges being thrown around, I can’t understand why he couldn’t have at least given a “thoughts and prayers to the victims” statement.  Pegula donated  $88 million to Penn State in 2010 to help the university launch a Division I men’s hockey program.  That donation was facilitated, in part, by Cliff Benson, who was just named the Sabres Chief Development Officer.    Benson’s main function is to improve and develop the team’s presence in the community and run the Buffalo Sabres’ Foundation, the team’s main charity wing.   Benson was a key player in Pegula’s purchase of the Sabres and the Amerks, in addition to the donation to Penn State.   According to the Buffalo News one of Benson’ previous positions was in a “role as former finance chair and current state board member of The Second Mile, the agency founded by Sandusky in 1977″.  Sandusky and his charity are at the heart of the Penn State scandal.  This would seem to make it even more imperative for Mr. Pegula to distance himself and his friend from this scandal.   In no way is this meant to imply Pegula or Benson had anything to do with the scandal, but given Mr. Pegula’s position as one of the university’s high profile donors, I think his opinion and condolences would carry a lot of weight and perhaps help to pull the curtain on this cover up aside as quickly as possible.  The reputation of the university is nothing compared to the damage done to the victims, it’s not a time for no comment.  It’s the time for good men to speak out.

2 Goal Nights From Roy And Vanek Are Enough in Shootout vs Jets

On The Night that saw the Sabres induct Dale Hawerchuk and Rick Jeanneret into the Sabres Hall Of Fame, The Sabres overcame 4 Deficits on the Night to beat the Winnipeg Jets 6-5 in Overtime. Ryan Miller return to the crease for the first time in 7 Days and was shaky at the Start. The Jets would capitalize on the Sabres Defensive break downs all night long. They quickly took a 2-0 lead on goals from Mark Flood and Bryan Little 1:06 apart in the first 5 minutes of the game. The Sabres would strike back on Derek Roy’s first goal of the night on the Power Play putting his Wrist Shot past Goaltender Ondrej Pavalec. Sabres Rookie Corey Tropp would score his first goal of the season when he crashed the net 11 seconds later to tie the game at 2. The Jets again would capitalize on a Sabres Defensive Blunder as the Sabres left Tanner Glass wide open in front and his shot went in off of Tyler Myers. The Sabres again would fight back to tie the game scoring their 1st Short Handed Goal of the Season on a pretty play that saw Paul Gaustad serve up a great backhand pass to Jason Pominville crashing the net 41 seconds later.

The Jets would strike on the Power Play 1:07 into the 2nd Period when Bryan Little scored his 2nd of the night capitalizing on Dustin Byfuglien shot that came off the boards hard and out to the slot which Little would pound into the open net. Thomas Vanek would score his 1st of the night on a one-timer on a pass from Brad Boyes with 6:08 left in the 2nd. It wouldn’t take long for the Jets to regain the lead when Tyler Myers and Andrej Sekera both went after Blake Wheeler allowing him to find Dustin Byfuglien all alone in front who put his shot past Miller 47 seconds into the 3rd Period. Derek Roy would tie the game on his 2nd Power Play Goal of the Night One Timed a Jason Pominville cross ice pass past the Thrashers goalie Pavalec. The Sabres would get a Power Play late in the Overtime and would capitalize when Thomas Vanek tipped a Jason Pominville shot past Pavelec to give the Sabres the victory with 25 seconds left in OT. Sabres Specials teams were the big story of the game scoring 4 special teams goals(3 PPG, 1 SHG) on the night. The Power Play scored 3 times on 12 Chances. The Sabres killed off 4 of 5 Power Plays Against.

Miller struggled early on, but got better as the game went on. Miller avoided losing his 5th straight decision with the Win. He made 26 Saves on the Night. Pavelec got the loss stopping 39 of 45 shots he faced.

The Sabres return to Action on Friday Night against Jason Spezza and The Ottawa Senators. Game starts at 7:30 and can be seen on MSG HD or heard on WGR 550.

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Sabres Look To Ground The Jets At FNC

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Last Game:

Winnipeg: Nov 6 at NY Rangers Loss 3-0

Buffalo: Nov 5 at Senators Win(SO) 3-2

Record:

Winnipeg: 5-7-2

Buffalo: 8-5-0

Points:

Winnipeg: 12

Buffalo: 16

Rank In Conference:

Winnipeg: 14th

Buffalo: 6th

Power Play Ranking:

Winnipeg: 14.6(T-20th)

Buffalo: 16.7(17th)

Penalty Kill Ranking:

Winnipeg: 80.0(T-19th)

Buffalo: 93.3(1st)

Goals For:

Winnipeg: 34(T-16th)

Buffalo: 35(T-12th)

Goals Against:

Winnipeg: 44(T-25th)

Buffalo: 28(T-5th)

Shots For:

Winnipeg: 387(18th)

Buffalo: 402(15th)

Shots Against:

Winnipeg: 417(T-17th)

Buffalo: 402(15th)

Blocked Shots:

Winnipeg: 180(18th)

Buffalo: 157(26th)

Hits:

Winnipeg: 338(4th)

Buffalo: 219(28th)

Faceoff Percentage:

Winnipeg: 49.3(19th)

Buffalo: 51.0(12th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Winnipeg: Wellwood, E. Kane, and Slater(5), Burmistrov(4), Antropov and Ladd(3), Glass(2)

Buffalo: Vanek(8), Pominville(5), Adam and Stafford(4), Gerbe(3)

Assists:

Winnipeg: Antropov(8), Burmistrov(6), Enstrom, Byfuglien, and Wheeler(5), Wellwood, Glass, and Bogosian(4)

Buffalo: Pominville(10), Vanek(8), Adam(7) Ehrhoff(6)

Points:

Winnipeg: Antropov(11), Burmistrov(10), Wellwood(9), E. Kane(8)

Buffalo: Vanek(16), Pominville(15), Adam(11), Gerbe(8)

Plus/Minus:

Winnipeg: Burmistrov(+3), Enstrom and Hainsey(+2), Flood, MacLean, Antropov, and Meech(+1), Postma, Glass, Wellwood, Scheifele(EV)

Buffalo: Sekera(+8), Gerbe(+7), Vanek(+5), Gaustad(+4)

Penalty Minutes:

Winnipeg: Byfuglien(16), Thorburn(14), Ladd(13), Bogosian(12)

Buffalo: McCormick(19), Gaustad and Kaleta(18), Stafford(14), Vanek(12)

Shots:

Winnipeg: Byfuglien(49), E. Kane(46), Ladd(44), Wheeler(34)

Buffalo: Vanek(48), Pominville(42), Gerbe(35), Stafford(34)

Blocked Shots:

Winnipeg: Stuart(37), Bogosian(20), Oduya(19), Byfuglien(13)

Buffalo: Regehr(21), Myers(20), Ehrhoff(17), Leopold and Sekera(13)

Hits:

Winnipeg: Bogosian and E. Kane(34), Glass(32), Stuart(31), Burmistrov(29)

Buffalo: Regehr(37), Kaleta(30), Gaustad(22) McCormick(19)

Face-Off Wins:

Winnipeg: Little(149), Slater(75), Antropov(62), Burmistrov(45)

Buffalo: Roy(128), Gaustad(119), Adam(53), Pominville(43)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:

Winnipeg: Ondrej Pavalec 4-5-2 3.09 GAA .900 SV% 1 SO

Buffalo:  Ryan Miller 4-5-0 2.48 GAA .922 SV% 1 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: Mar 19 Sabres Won 8-2

Season Series: Sabres Won  3-0-1

All-Time: Sabres Lead 20-14-10

All-Time vs. WPG: Sabres Lead 13-6-3

Biron, Rangers power Jets down in 3-0 win

The Rangers returned home 11 days ago after a 20,000-mile trip around the globe looking like a group of players who still had their heads in the clouds. Two losses, each dreadful in its own way, started a six-game homestand in a renovated building designed to provide the team with a bigger advantage and more comfort.

Four momentum-building wins in a row at Madison Square Garden later, and the Rangers are suddenly the hottest team in the League.

Marian Gaborik scored twice and added an assist while Martin Biron earned his first shutout in more than two years as the Rangers ended their six-game stretch at home with a 3-0 victory against the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday night. Derek Stepan added a goal and an assist to help the somewhat ragged Rangers win their third game in four nights.

After two-plus weeks in Europe playing exhibition games against club teams and a pair of NHL games in Stockholm, the Rangers received a week off before a road game against the rival Islanders and four games in Western Canada. When the smoke cleared, the Rangers were 3-2-2 before dropping their home opener to the Maple Leafs and squandering a three-goal lead in a shootout loss to the Senators two nights later.

Eight days after that, the Rangers are 7-3-3 and four points behind the NHL-leading Pittsburgh Penguins in the Atlantic with two games in hand.

“It showed some resilience and heart,” said Biron, who has won two of the four games during this streak. “You lose a couple tough ones in the first two games here and you come back with four good wins. Being able to do it the way we have, playing solid defensively, special teams are picking it up for us, and being able to use a lot of the guys today — I mean, we used pretty much everybody out there.

“It’s hard when you go on the road for that amount of time and come back home. Sometimes there’s a letdown, a feeling of, ‘OK, we’re at home, it’s going to be a lot easier.’ There were no feelings of that. There was a lot of hard work and it paid off in the end.”

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Sabres edge Sens in shootout

In the sixth round of the shootout Saturday night, Derek Roy got the call and he didn’t disappoint.

Roy had the winning goal, beating Craig Anderson top-shelf as the Buffalo Sabres outlasted the Ottawa Senators in a 3-2 victory at Scotiabank Place.

Roy also scored in regulation, along with Jordan Leopold. Milan Michalek and Erik Condra had the goals for the Sens (7-7-1). Thomas Vanek and Brad Boyes also had goals in the shootout for Buffalo (8-5-0), while Michalek and Jason Spezza beat Jhonas Enroth.

Being the 12th man to shoot gave Roy plenty of time to plan his attack.

“I got to see what all the guys did on their shots,” he said. “I had my move in mind. I was trying to settle down the puck a little bit; it was bouncing tonight. I happened to shoot upstairs and it was a good thing for us. I had no nerves. I knew what I was going to do and I executed.”

It was the first shootout victory of the season for the Sabres, and the first loss for the Sens, who had previously gone 3-0.

The teams exchanged blows with three goals in just under four minutes during the second but needed an extra period to settle matters. Enroth stopped 31 of 33 shots, while Craig Anderson turned away 25 of 27 for the Senators.

Saturday marked the first of back-to-back starts for Enroth, who came into Ottawa with a 3-0-0 record, and a sparkling .958 save percentage that was bolstered by a shutout streak of 107:39 (broken by the Flames’ Alex Tanguay late in the third on Friday night). The 23-year-old admitted that he didn’t think he would be starting against the Sens.

“It was a little bit surprising but I was happy to get the start tonight,” Enroth said. “I think the team played really well in front of me. I didn’t have to make many big saves. It was kind of a slow game for me.”

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This Day In Sabres History:

Brown Scores Twice in Sabres 8-0 Rout of Thrashers

On This Date in 2001 The Sabres beat the Atlanta Thrashers 8-0 at the HSBC Arena. Curtis Brown lead the Sabres charge scoring 2 times on 8 Shots. The Sabres also got goals from Maxim Afinogenov, Stu Barnes, J.P. Dumont, Chris Gratton, and Miroslav Satan. Only 3 Sabres didn’t record a point on this night(Tim Connolly, Erik Rasmussen, and Brian Campbell). Martin Biron got the win having one of the easiest nights of his career making 16 Saves. The Sabres would have problems with the young Thrashers team as this was their only victory of the season series. The Thrashers now are defunct and as they moved to Winnipeg to become the Jets, who are the Sabres opponents tonight.

Injury Report:

Winnipeg: Fehr Right Shoulder Surgery(IR/Out), Gagnon Undisclosed(IR/Out), Hainsey Upper Body(IR/Out), Meech Lower Body(IR/Out), Mason Strained Groin(IR/Out), Enstrom Broken Collarbone(IR/Out), Jones Right Ankle(Questionable), Antropov Hand(Questionable)

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

Next 5 Games:

Nov 11 vs. Ottawa Senators 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

Nov 12 at Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Nov 14 at Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM(VERSUS HD)

Nov 16 vs. New Jersey Devils 7:30 PM(VERSUS HD)

Nov 18 at Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

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Roy Scores Shootout Winner in Return Home

Ottawa Native Derek Roy return home to beat Senators tonight 3-2 in a shootout. The Sabres would give up the first goal of the game when Milan Michalek got through the Sabres Defense and was able to his shot between Enroth arm and body with less than 5 minutes left in the 1st Period. The Sabres would tie the Game 10:51 into the 2nd Period when Derek Roy would tip a Ville Leino shot past Sens Goalie Craig Anderson. The Sabres would take the lead 2:14 later when Nathan Gerbe found Jordan Leopold in front of the net. The Sens would quickly tie the game less than 2 minutes later when Chris Condra would get sprung on a breakaway and then beat Enroth 5-hole. The teams would trade chances in the 3rd and Overtime Periods without any other tallies. The game went to the shootout were the teams would trade goals in the first 2 rounds. Enroth and Anderson would then slam the door 3 Rounds until Derek Roy would eventually end the game. Enroth won his 4th game of the season stopping 25 Senators shots. Anderson got the loss making 31 Saves.

Sabres return to Action on Tuesday Night against the Winnipeg Jets at 7:00 PM. Before the Game the Sabres will be honoring former Jet and Sabre Dale Hawerchuck and Sabres Play By Play Legend Rick Jeanneret. The Game can be seen on MSG HD and heard on WGR 550.

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Sabres hit the road to take on Division Rival Senators

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Last Game:

Ottawa: Nov 4 vs. Canadiens Loss 2-1

Buffalo: Nov 4 vs. Flames Win 2-1

Record:

Ottawa: 7-7-0

Buffalo: 7-5-0

Points:

Ottawa: 14

Buffalo: 14

Rank In Conference:

Ottawa: 8th

Buffalo: 5th

Power Play Ranking:

Ottawa: 26.5(1st)

Buffalo: 17.5(14th)

Penalty Kill Ranking:

Ottawa: 74.2(26th)

Buffalo: 93.0(1st)

Goals For:

Ottawa: 40(T-5th)

Buffalo: 33(T-11th)

Goals Against:

Ottawa: 52(30th)

Buffalo: 26(6th)

Shots For:

Ottawa: 434(4th)

Buffalo: 369(16th)

Shots Against:

Ottawa: 432(30th)

Buffalo: 375(18th)

Blocked Shots:

Ottawa: 182(15th)

Buffalo: 138(27th)

Hits:

Ottawa: 318(3rd)

Buffalo: 200(27th)

Faceoff Percentage:

Ottawa: 51.3(T-9th)

Buffalo: 51.8(T-5th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Ottawa: Michalek(8), Spezza(6), Greening and Alfredsson(4), Neil, Foligno, and Da Costa(3)

Buffalo: Vanek(8), Pominville(5), Adam and Stafford(4), Gerbe(3)

Assists:

Ottawa: Karlsson(12), Spezza and Gonchar(9), Michalek and Kuba(5), Greening, Neil, and Z. Smith(4)

Buffalo: Pominville(10), Vanek(8), Adam(7) Ehrhoff(6)

Points:

Ottawa: Spezza(15), Michalek and Karlsson(13), Gonchar(9), Greening(8)

Buffalo: Vanek(16), Pominville(15), Adam(11), Ehrhoff and Gerbe(7)

Plus/Minus:

Ottawa: Regin and Z. Smith(+3), Kuba, Winchester and Filatov(+1), Neil, Konopka, and Condra(EV), B. Butler, Daugavins, and Cowen(-1)

Buffalo: Sekera(+8), Gerbe(+6), Vanek(+5), Pominville, Gragnani, Gaustad, and Myers(+3)

Penalty Minutes:

Ottawa: Konopka(54), Neil(52), Z. Smith(26), Karlsson(14)

Buffalo: McCormick(19), Gaustad and Kaleta(18), Stafford(14), Vanek and Regehr(10)

Shots:

Ottawa: Karlsson(47), Michalek(41), Spezza(40), Greening(33)

Buffalo: Vanek(45), Pominville(37), Stafford and Gerbe(31), Adam and Roy(27)

Blocked Shots:

Ottawa: Kuba(25), Phillips(23), Rundblad(15), Z. Smith(13)

Buffalo: Myers(19), Regehr(18), Ehrhoff(15), Leopold(11)

Hits:

Ottawa: Neil(41), Cowen(34), Foligno(33), Greening(30)

Buffalo: Regehr(32), Kaleta(30), McCormick(19), Gaustad(18)

Face-Off Wins:

Ottawa: Spezza(181), Z. Smith(74), Da Costa(46), Konopka(35)

Buffalo: Roy(124), Gaustad(109), Adam(51), Pominville(40)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:

Ottawa: Craig Anderson 3.66 GAA .883 SV%

Buffalo:  Ryan Miller 4-5-0 2.48 GAA .922 SV% 1 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: Mar 13 Sabres Won 6-4

Season Series: Sabres Won 5-1-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 53-39-14

All-Time at OTT: Sabres Lead 24-20-10

Surging Canadiens hold off Senators 2-1

KANATA, Ont. – The Montreal Canadiens showed no indications of rust after five days of rest.

Erik Cole and Andrei Kostitsyn scored three minutes apart late in the second period and the Canadiens got 33 saves by Carey Price to beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1 on Friday night for their fourth consecutive victory.

Montreal has now reached the .500 mark after going 1-5-2 in its first eight games — the Canadiens’ worst start in 70 years.

“It was important to come out and have a good night,” Price said. “When you sit around for a week, you have a lot of time to dwell on three wins, so I’m glad our guys knew to come in focused and reset.

Ottawa’s lone goal came from Zack Smith early in the third period. Craig Anderson stopped 24 shots, dropping the club to 7-7-1. It’s the second consecutive loss for the Senators, who had their six-game winning streak snapped with a 5-3 loss at Boston on Tuesday.

The play of Price and the work of his penalty-killers were the difference for Montreal. The Habs stifled the League’s top power play, killing off all four Ottawa advantages.

“We got some key saves from the goalie at times,” Montreal coach Jacques Martin said. “I thought our penalty killers did a good job. They worked hard and we know that (Ottawa) has great net presence and they move the puck around very well.”

Ottawa coach Paul MacLean admitted that the lack of power-play production was a factor.

“We really could’ve used (a power-play goal) tonight,” MacLean said. “Montreal did a good job of getting in the shooting lanes and not letting us get the puck to the net from the point, and we didn’t did make the adjustments to get it to the net properly.”

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Sabres hold off Flames for 2-1 win

Thanks to their secret weapon, the Buffalo Sabres got a win they had to have.

Backup goaltender Jhonas Enroth stopped 29 shots for his third win in as many starts this season as the Sabres beat the Calgary Flames 2-1 on Friday night

The Sabres came into the finale of a five-game homestand with just one win due to their failure to put together a complete game. That changed on Friday, with Sabres firing 37 shots at backup goaltender Henrik Karlsson in the final 40 minutes and 44 overall.

“I thought our puck movement and execution was probably our best game of the year when it comes to that,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “Skating-wise, excellent game, and passing-wise. I’ve said when the puck movement is good from our defensive forwards, we get a lot of things done.”

Added forward Drew Stafford, whose first-period goal gave the Sabres (7-5-0) an early lead: “With the way things have gone, we needed a big win like this. We were going through a little bit of a rough patch, some tough games, and not necessarily playing a full 60 minutes. But tonight I thought that was a little bit different. We had a solid game against a team that has been playing pretty well.”

They also had Enroth, who improved to 12-3-2 in his career even though he had his scoreless string of 107:39 snapped when Calgary’s Alex Tanguay scored early in the third period.

“We finally got a win here, and everyone can stop talking that we can’t win here,” Enroth said after the Sabres won for just the second time in six games at First Niagara Center. “It was really nice, and we’re back on track now.”

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This Day In Sabres History:

Briere scores 2 Goals including the OT Winner vs. Rangers

On This Date in 2006 Daniel Briere recored 2 goals including the game winner in a Sabres 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers. Thomas Vanek kicked off the goal scoring in the 1st Period 3:18 into the game. The Rangers would then go on to score 3 unanswered goals in a 9:20 span in the 2nd Period. Jaromir Jagr, Petr Prucha, and Michael Nylander would give the Rangers a 2 goal lead with 30 minutes to play. Daniel Briere scores his first goal on the night on a Power Play to cut the Rangers lead to 1 with 27 minutes left in regulation time. Jason Pominville would tie the game for the Sabres 8 minutes into the 3rd Period. Briere would then net the game winner with 1:03 left in the Overtime Period. The Win would mark as the Sabres 12th of the year. It would also be 1 of 15 games the Sabres won in Overtime or a Shootout.

Injury Report:

Ottawa: Carkner Right Knee Surgery(IR/Out),  Regin Shoulder(Out), Alfredsson Concussion Symptoms(Out)

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

Next 5 Games:

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

Nov 11 vs. Ottawa Senators 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

Nov 12 at Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Nov 14 at Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM(VERSUS HD)

Nov 16 vs. New Jersey Devils 7:30 PM(VERSUS HD)

Sabres try to get 2nd home win by extinguishing Flames

 vs.  7:30PM

Last Game:
Calgary: Nov 3 @ Red Wings-Flames Won 4-1
Buffalo: Nov 2 vs. Flyers-Sabres Lost 3-2

Record:
Calgary: 5-5-1
Buffalo: 6-5-0

Points:
Calgary: 11
Buffalo: 12

Rank In Conference:
Calgary: 12th
Buffalo: 9th

Power Play Ranking:
Calgary: 17.1(T-13th)
Buffalo: 18.9(12th)

Penalty Kill Ranking:
Calgary: 80.5(21st)
Buffalo: 92.5(1st)

Goals For:
Calgary: 27(20th)
Buffalo: 31(12th)

Goals Against:
Calgary: 29(T-12th)
Buffalo: 25(T-6th)

Shots For:
Calgary: 289(26th)
Buffalo: 325(T-19th)

Shots Against:
Calgary: 316(8th)
Buffalo: 345(12th)

Blocked Shots:
Calgary: 172(T-13th)
Buffalo: 129(T-28th)

Hits:
Calgary: 204(25th)
Buffalo: 187(28th)

Faceoff Percentage:
Calgary: 46.4(28th)
Buffalo: 52.0(6th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

Calgary: Bourque(5), Iginla(4), Jokinen and Glencross(3), Tanguay, Horak, Stempniak(2)
Buffalo: Vanek(8), Pominville(5), Adam(4), Stafford(3), Gerbe and Boyes(2)

Assists:
Calgary: Tanguay(7), Jokinen(6), Glencross(4), 8 Players With 3
Buffalo: Pominville(10), Vanek(8), Adam(7), Ehrhoff(6), Gerbe and Boyes(4)

Points:
Calgary: Jokinen and Tanguay(9), Iginla and Glencross(7), Bourque, Horak, Stempniak(5)
Buffalo: Vanek(16), Pominville(15), Adam(11), Ehrhoff(7), Boyes and Gerbe(6), Stafford(5)

Plus/Minus:
Calgary: Hagman and Babchuk(+3), Horak(+2), Tanguay, Smith, Stempniak, Hannan(+1)
Buffalo: Sekera(+7), Vanek(+6), Gerbe(+5), Pominville(+4), Gragnani(+3)

Penalty Minutes:
Calgary: Sarich(21), Giordano and Jackman(12), Jokinen and Letourneau-Leblond(10)
Buffalo: Kaleta and Gaustad(18), McCormick(14), Stafford(12), Vanek and Regehr(10), Gerbe and Roy(8)

Shots:
Calgary: Jokinen(34), Iginla(30), Giordano(28), Moss(27), Bourque(25), Stempniak(24)
Buffalo: Vanek(41), Pominville(33), Stafford(29), Gerbe(26), Roy(24), Adam(22), Ehrhoff(20)

Blocked Shots:
Calgary: Giordano(29), Hannan(18), Butler(17), Bouwmeester(13), Babchuk, Moss, Sarich(12)
Buffalo: Myers(19), Regehr(18), Ehrhoff(13), Leopold(11), Gaustad(9), Pominville and Sekera(8)

Hits:
Calgary: Kostopoulos and Sarich(21), Giordano, Glencross, Jackman(17), Iginla(15)
Buffalo: Regehr(31), Kaleta(30), McCormick(17), Gerbe(16), Myers(14)

Face-Off Wins:
Calgary: Jokinen(86), Morrison(62), Horak(48), Moss and Stajan(46)
Buffalo: Roy(114), Gaustad(100), Adam(48), Pominville(36), Leino(22)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:
Calgary: Miikka Kiprusoff 5-4-0 2.33 GAA .919 SV% 0 SO
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 4-5-0 2.48 GAA .922 SV% 1 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: Dec 27 @ Calgary-Flames Won 5-2

Season Series: Flames Won 1-0-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 47-33-16
All-Time @ Buffalo: Sabres Lead 29-13-5

Injury Report:
Calgary: Backlund Broken Finger(IR/Out), Carson Back(IR/Out), Ivanans Concussion(IR/Out)
Buffalo: Hecht Concussion(IR/Out), Ennis Sprained Ankle(Out), Kaleta Suspension(Out)

Next 5 Games:
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)
Nov 12 at Boston Bruins 7:00PM(MSG HD)
Nov 14 at Montreal Canadiens 7:00PM(Versus HD)

Sabres Aim to Ground the Flyers at First Niagara Center

[image] vs. [image] 7:30 PM

Last Game:
Philadelphia: Oct 29 vs. Hurricanes-Fyers Won 5-1

Buffalo: Oct 29 vs. Panthers-Sabres Lost 3-2

Record:
Philadelphia: 6-4-1
Buffalo: 6-4-0

Points:
Philadelphia: 13
Buffalo: 12

Rank In Conference:
Philadelphia: 5th
Buffalo: 8th

Power Play Ranking:
Philadelphia: 22.2(T-7th)
Buffalo: 21.9(9th)

Penalty Kill Ranking:
Philadelphia: 81.5(19th)
Buffalo: 91.9(2nd)

Goals For:
Philadelphia: 41(1st)
Buffalo: 29(T-11th)

Goals Against:
Philadelphia: 36(T-25th)
Buffalo: 22(T-3rd)

Shots For:
Philadelphia: 361(T-6th)
Buffalo: 294(22nd)

Shots Against:
Philadelphia: 289(7th)
Buffalo: 319(12th)

Blocked Shots:
Philadelphia: 166(13th)
Buffalo: 122(27th)

Hits:
Philadelphia: 230(16th)
Buffalo: 168(T-29th)

Faceoff Percentage:
Philadelphia: 46.4(28th)
Buffalo: 50.8(T-9th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

Philadelphia: Giroux(7), Jagr(5), Hartnell, Briere, van Riemsdyk(4), Read and Talbot(3)
Buffalo: Vanek(8), Pominville(5), Adam and Stafford(3), Gerbe and Boyes(2)

Assists:
Philadelphia: Timonen(9), Giroux(8), Hartnell(7), Jagr, Briere, Pronger(6)
Buffalo: Pominville(9), Vanek(7), Ehrhoff and Adam(6), Gerbe and Boyes(4), Roy, Gragnani, Myers(3)

Points:
Philadelphia: Giroux(15), Jagr and Hartnell(11), Briere(10), Timonen(9)
Buffalo: Vanek(15), Pominville(14), Adam(9), Ehrhoff(7), Boyes and Gerbe(6), Stafford(5)

Plus/Minus:
Philadelphia: Hartnell, Couturier, Timonen(+5), Coburn, Read, Jagr, Briere(+3)
Buffalo: Sekera(+6), Gerbe(+5), Vanek(+4), Pominville, Gragnani, Gaustad(+3)

Penalty Minutes:
Philadelphia: Rinaldo(28), Simmonds(24), Walker(16), Hartnell and Briere(14), Coburn(12)
Buffalo: Kaleta(16), McCormick and Gaustad(14), Stafford(12), Vanek(10), Gerbe and Regehr(8)

Shots:
Philadelphia: van Riemsdyk(38), Jagr(35), Giroux(33), Simmonds(31), Read(28)
Buffalo: Vanek(39), Pominville(28), Stafford(26), Gerbe(25), Adam(21), Roy and Ehrhoff(20)

Blocked Shots:
Philadelphia: Timonen(30), Carle(20), Meszaros and Pronger(17), Coburn and Lilja(12)
Buffalo: Myers(18), Regehr(17), Ehrhoff(13), Leopold(11), Gaustad(9), Pominville(8)

Hits:
Philadelphia: Meszaros(27), Hartnell(24), Coburn(22), Talbot(20)
Buffalo: Regehr(30), Kaleta(24), Gerbe and McCormick(15), Myers(13)

Face-Off Wins:
Philadelphia: Giroux(100), Briere(80), Couturier(42), Talbot(39), Read(25)
Buffalo: Roy(97), Gaustad(94), Adam(43), Pominville(32), Leino(21)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:
Philadelphia: Ilya Bryzgalov 4-4-1 3.16 GAA .880 SV% 1 SO
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 4-4-0 2.14 GAA .930 SV% 1 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: Apr 26 @ Philadelphia-Flyers Won 5-2

Season Series: Flyers Won 2-1-1
All-Time: Flyers Lead 102-77-20
All-Time @ Buffalo: Sabres Lead 51-38-8

Injury Report:
Philadelphia: Laperriere Post-Concussion Syndrome(IR/Out), Betts Bone Bruise/Fluid in Knee(IR/Out), Pronger Blurred Vision(IR/Out), Schenn Broken Foot(IR/Out), Rinaldo Upper Body(Questionable), Read Upper Body(Out), Briere Upper Body(Out)
Buffalo: Hecht Concussion(IR/Out), Ennis Sprained Ankle(Out)

Next 5 Games:
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)
Nov 12 at Boston Bruins 7:00PM(MSG HD)

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