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Sabres New Addition Hodgson Makes Debut at the Pond vs Ducks

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Last Game:

Anaheim: Feb 27 at Avalanche Loss 4-1

Buffalo: Feb 25 at NY Rangers Loss(OT) 3-2

Record:

Anaheim: 27-26-10

Buffalo: 27-27-8

Points:

Anaheim: 64

Buffalo: 62

Rank In Conference:

Anaheim: 13th

Buffalo: 12th

Power Play Ranking:

Anaheim: 17.1(T-15th)

Buffalo: 16.1(21st)

Penalty Kill Ranking:

Anaheim: 83.2(9th)

Buffalo: 80.6(T-21st)

Goals For:

Anaheim: 158(22nd)

Buffalo: 148(T-25th)

Goals Against:

Anaheim: 172(T-17th)

Buffalo: 176(20th)

Shots For:

Anaheim: 1729(25th)

Buffalo: 1794(20th)

Shots Against:

Anaheim: 1828(9th)

Buffalo: 1927(20th)

Blocked Shots:

Anaheim: 887(15th)

Buffalo: 794(T-23rd)

Hits:

Anaheim: 1433(15th)

Buffalo: 1111(30th)

Faceoff Percentage:

Anaheim: 46.8(28th)

Buffalo: 49.7(19th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Anaheim: Perry(30), Ryan(23), Selanne(21), Cogliano(12)

Buffalo: Pominville(23), Vanek(22), Hodgson(16), Roy(13)

Assists:

Anaheim: Getzlaf(35), Selanne(34), S. Koivu(21), Perry(20)

Buffalo: Pominville(36), Vanek(25), Roy(22), Ehrhoff(20)

Points:

Anaheim: Selanne(55), Perry(50), Getzlaf(43), Ryan(39)

Buffalo: Pominville(59), Vanek(47), Roy(35), Hodgson(33)

Plus/Minus:

Anaheim: S. Koivu(+16), Brookbank and Selanne(+9), Visnovsky and Beleskey(+3), Jacques, Blake, and Parros(+2)

Buffalo: Hodgson(+8), Ennis(+3), Gerbe(+2), Hecht(+1)

Penalty Minutes:

Anaheim: Perry(81), Parros(63), Getzlaf(55), Sbisa(53)

Buffalo: Kaleta(92), McCormick(49), Weber and Vanek(48), Roy(44)

Shots:

Anaheim: Perry(231), Selanne(168), Ryan(139), Getzlaf(134)

Buffalo: Pominville(174), Stafford(163), Vanek(158), Roy(132)

Blocked Shots:

Anaheim: Beauchemin(139), Lydman(126), Brookbank(87), Sbisa(72)

Buffalo: Regehr and Leopold(86), Sekera(74), Ehrhoff(66)

Hits:

Anaheim: Getzlaf(155), Sbisa(142), Beauchemin(120), Lydman(103)

Buffalo: Regehr(133), Kaleta(104), Gaustad(98), Weber(82)

Face-Off Wins:

Anaheim: Getzlaf(486), S. Koivu(479), Bonino(137), Macenauer(113)

Buffalo: Roy(475), Hodgson(177), Pominville(164), Hecht(136)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:

Anaheim: Jhonas Hiller 24-21-10 2.60 GAA .909 SV% 3 SO

Buffalo:  Ryan Miller 19-17-5 2.70 GAA .909 SV% 3 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: Oct 7 Sabres Won 4-1

Season Series: Sabres Lead 1-0-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 14-8-3

All-Time at ANA: Sabres Lead 7-5-0

Late surge leads Avs to fourth straight win

A Colorado Avalanche attack that had been dormant for much of the season has picked a good time to come to life.

The Avalanche have been doing plenty of good things – cranking up the offense is one of them — during a winning streak that reached four games Monday night with a 4-1 victory against the Anaheim Ducks at the Pepsi Center.

Colorado has outscored teams 17-5 during the streak and reached the 70-point mark – two more points than last season’s total – to pull into a virtual tie for eighth place with Dallas in the Western Conference. The Stars have played one fewer game.

“I think it’s a combination of everything,” Avalanche coach Joe Sacco said. “We know what’s at stake every time we play. There’s 18 games remaining and knowing the situation that we’re in, it’s fun. It should be fun for the players; that’s why you play the game — to be playing meaningful games at this time of the year.

“Right now, it’s a stretch where things are going pretty good for us, but we got to keep our foot down on the gas pedal. We can’t let up. It’s a tough conference and every game is so important. You hate to look at the standings, but it’s human nature to do that. Like I told our guys, we can control our own destiny and we’ve been doing that lately. We’ve been taking care of our own business, and we if we do that, we’ll see what happens.

“I like the way we’re playing. I like the way the team’s coming together, too. There’s good chemistry on each line and in the room as well.”

The Avalanche broke open a tight game with three goals in the third period. Ryan O’Reilly and Matt Duchene scored 2:18 apart early in the period for a 3-1 lead and Jay McClement finished off the Ducks at 14:46 when he ripped a shot from the left circle that beat goalie Jonas Hiller high to the far corner.

“We’re bleeding confidence right now, and it’s easy to play like that,” said Duchene, who converted Paul Stastny’s pass on a 2-on-1-rush at 2:55. It was Duchene’s first goal in five games since returning from a knee injury that kept him out of the lineup for 20 games. “It felt darned good, to be honest with you. I could have had it a couple times earlier in the game. I knew it would eventually come. Paulie made a heck of a pass to me, right on a tee for me.

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Rangers beat Sabres 3-2 in OT

The Rangers were staring at their fourth loss in five games and third in a row, trailing the Buffalo Sabres by a goal early in the third period after Drew Stafford buried his second of the game on the power play.

Instead of finding themselves in the middle of their first prolonged slump since opening the season on a month-long road trip, the Rangers’ big guns delivered in a big way.

Marian Gaborik scored his 29th of the season to tie the game, and Ryan Callahan netted his career-high 24th goal in overtime as the Rangers rallied for a 3-2 victory Saturday night that snapped the Sabres’ three-game winning streak.

Callahan’s 100th goal of his career was the result of some smart work by defenseman Ryan McDonagh, who drew the coverage to his right before flipping a pass back to Callahan. A fake dropped forward Patrick Kaleta to his knees, allowing Callahan to move around him and snap a shot past goaltender Ryan Miller with 2:01 left in overtime.

“I thought it was a really solid 60-minute game out of us,” Callahan said. “In the last stretch, we’ve been a little inconsistent. We didn’t get the wins we wanted to. I think it was important tonight for us to come out and have a good 60-minute game.”

The win kept the Rangers seven points ahead of the Boston Bruins for the top spot in the East and nine points up on the Pittsburgh Penguins for first in the Atlantic. The Rangers were 1-2-1 in their past four games — hardly a reason to panic when you have a No. 1 or 2 seed virtually wrapped up barring a collapse.

But the words of Brad Richards spoke volumes about the importance of not losing to the Sabres.

“We wanted this badly,” he said. “We’ve been a little bit all over the map the past two weeks. This time of year, the details have got to be there. We may not have the same desperation that a Buffalo does (six points out of eighth in the East), but we have to manufacture that by realizing that a bad week or two, and you can get yourself into a lot of trouble. We don’t want to do that. We want to nip it and get back on track.”

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Injury Report:

Anaheim: Smaby Right Thumb Surgery(IR/Out), D. Ellis Torn Groin(IR/Out)

Buffalo: Hecht Concussion(IR/Out), McCormick Upper Body(Out), Boyes Upper Body(Probable)

Next 5 Games:

Mar 1 at San Jose Shark 10:30 PM(MSG HD)

Mar 3 at Vancouver Canucks 10:00 PM(MSG HD and CBC HD)

Mar 5 at Winnipeg Jets 8:00 PM(NBCS HD)

Mar 7 vs. Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Mar 8 at Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

A Deadline Review

For Sabres fans, Deadline Day was quite the roller coaster. Three pm arrived and virtually nothing of interest had been reported. The Wild and Oilers had exchanged defensemen, the Leafs and Bolts had swapped prospects and the Kostistsyn brothers were reunited in Nashville, but no transactions had been called in from Western New York. Most of the Sabres coverage on TSN’s Trade Center was the show’s panel ripping on General Manager Darcy Regier for asking too high a price, a first round draft pick, for center Paul Gaustad.

Then, not a minute past the deadline bell, news broke that the veteran of seven NHL seasons was in-fact on the move, off to a Predators team building for a Cup run; in exchange for the club’s first round pick. Darcy had played the market, gotten his return and things were looking up. Several minutes later, however, Bob McKenzie announced that Derek Roy was staying put and hopes for another big move seemed dim. But the Sabres still had assets, and some contenders, namely Vancouver still had deals to announce. As Twitter sources checked off the teams that were done for the day, the Sabres remained live. With Roy off the board, perhaps a team looking to bolster its defense was moving on Leopold?

Twenty two minutes later, a rumor surfaced that permanently changed the tenor of the afternoon. A poster on the Sabresfans forums has submitted a thread on a potentially blockbuster move between the Sabres and Canucks, a deal that would send center Cody Hodgson to Buffalo and power-forward Zack Kassian out West. When the Trade Center confirmed that Kassian was indeed a Canuck, initial skepticism gave way to waves of surprise, excitement and outright shock. Fans were disappointed to lose a prospect that had long been billed as the answer to the division’s goons, but couldn’t resist getting excited over a former top-ten pick with a ridiculous pedigree, from a draft class that had already given the team three of its most promising young players.

The excitement is justified. The Hodgson deal communicates two fundamentally important things about the Sabres’ outlook going forward. First they aren’t afraid to sell high on a guy they aren’t sure of. Regier is famous for holding onto his prospects, until they bust and considering Kassian’s potential both on the ice and as a fan-favorite, this move is a welcome break from tradition. Secondly, Darcy understands that only centers can solve this team’s deficiencies down the middle. This trade is an incredibly risky move for both franchises, and Regier probably isn’t signing on if he thinks that he has the solution to the Sabres’ dearth of pivots somewhere on his roster or prospect pool. Darcy agreeing to this deal displays his comprehension of the importance of high potential centers; a trait unforeseen in previous transactions and a trend that hopefully continues through the draft.

One place where Regier could have done more, however, was in replacing some of the grit the team shipped out. While Gaustad wasn’t exactly an imposing presence, and Kassian hasn’t shown the mean streak that gets Milan Lucic booed at First Niagara Center, both guys still contributed some sandpaper to the lineup that was not replaced with their departures. Swinging a mid round pick for an enforcer like Matt Carkner would’ve rounded out the day nicely, especially considering Hodgson’s relatively small stature and injury history.

At the end of the day, Regier’s break from the ho-hum of flipping second round picks for mediocre forwards was a welcome sight. The Sabres got great value out of Gaustad, and turned Kassian’s enigmatic potential into the future top-six center the team has been searching for since 2007. While the Sabres failed to bulk up at the deadline, Regier had emphasized the need for the team to get bigger even when Kassian was on the roster, and it is expected that the GM will look to add grit in the offseason.

All in all, the Sabres were one of Monday’s biggest winners.

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Gaustad, Kassian, and Gragnani out. Hodgson, Sulzer, and First Come to Buffalo

The Sabres took awhile, but made a big impact on the Trade Deadline Day. The Sabres first traded ufa center Paul Gaustad and a 4th to Nashville for Nashville 1st Round Pick in 2012. Then the biggest trade of the day was when the Sabres traded their top prospect Zack Kassian and Marc-Andre Gragnani to Vancouver for Top Prospect Center Cody Hodgson and Alexander Sulzer.

Hodgson will step in as the Sabres 3rd leading goal scorer.

Sabres Kick Off Huge 5 Game Roadie with stop at MSG

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Last Game:

NY Rangers: at NY Islanders Loss(SO) 4-3

Buffalo: vs. Bruins Win(SO) 2-1

Record:

NY Rangers: 38-15-6

Buffalo: 27-27-7

Points:

NY Rangers: 81

Buffalo: 61

Rank In Conference:

NY Rangers: 1st

Buffalo: 11th

Power Play Ranking:

NY Rangers: 14.6(26th)

Buffalo: 15.7(23rd)

Penalty Kill Ranking:

NY Rangers: 86.5(6th)

Buffalo: 80.4(24th)

Goals For:

NY Rangers: 161(13th)

Buffalo: 146(24th)

Goals Against:

NY Rangers: 117(T-1st)

Buffalo: 173(20th)

Shots For:

NY Rangers: 1679(23rd)

Buffalo: 1774(T-18th

Shots Against:

NY Rangers: 1708(6th)

Buffalo: 1899(25th)

Blocked Shots:

NY Rangers: 982(4th)

Buffalo: 774(22nd)

Hits:

NY Rangers: 1770(1st)

Buffalo: 1093(30th)

Faceoff Percentage:

NY Rangers: 50.1(15th)

Buffalo: 49.7(T-17th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

NY Rangers: Gaborik(28), Callahan(23), B. Richards(18), Stepan(13)

Buffalo: Pominville(23), Vanek(22), Roy(13), Stafford and Adam(10)

Assists:

NY Rangers: Stepan(26), Del Zotto(25), Gaborik(24), B. Richards(22)

Buffalo: Pominville(36), Vanek(24), Roy(21), Ehrhoff(20)

Points:

NY Rangers: Gaborik(52), Callahan(44), B. Richards(40), Stepan(39)

Buffalo: Pominville(59), Vanek(46), Roy(34), Stafford(29)

Plus/Minus:

NY Rangers: Del Zotto(+25), Stepan(+23), McDonagh(+22) Gaborik(+17)

Buffalo: Gragnani(+10), Gerbe(+4), Ennis(+2), Hecht, Gaustad, and Sekera(+1)

Penalty Minutes:

NY Rangers: Prust(116), Dubinsky(90), Rupp(69), Bickel(67)

Buffalo: Kaleta(88), Gaustad(65), McCormick(49), Weber and Vanek(48)

Shots:

NY Rangers: Gaborik(205), Callahan(180), B. Richards(156), Stepan(127)

Buffalo: Pominville(174), Stafford(159), Vanek(154), Roy(129)

Blocked Shots:

NY Islanders: McDonagh(145), Girardi(142), Del Zotto(77), Callahan(65)

Buffalo: Regehr(85), Leopold(84), Sekera(70), Ehrhoff(65)

Hits:

NY Rangers: Callahan(211), B. Boyle(172), Girardi(162), Dubinsky(157)

Buffalo: Regehr(129), Kaleta(103), Gaustad(96), Weber(82)

Face-Off Wins:

NY Rangers: B. Richards(479), B. Boyle(417), Stepan(294), Dubinsky(174)

Buffalo: Gaustad(486),  Roy(475), Pominville(161), Hecht(136)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:

NY Rangers: Henrik Lundqvist 28-12-4 1.78 GAA .940 SV% 7 SO

Buffalo:  Ryan Miller 19-17-4 2.70 GAA .910 SV% 3 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: Feb 1 Rangers Won(SO) 1-0

Season Series: Rangers Lead 2-0-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 76-53-31

All-Time at NYR: Tied 30-30-18

Islanders top Rangers 4-3 in shootout

Matt Moulson and Evgeni Nabokov pumped some life back into the New York Islanders’ playoff hopes.

Moulson scored in the fourth round of the shootout and Nabokov then denied John Mitchell for the win as the Islanders beat the Rangers 4-3 on Friday night, moving them within six points of the last playoff berth in the East.

The Islanders were unable to hold 2-0 and 3-1 leads, but they won the tiebreaker when Moulson snapped a 10-footer past Martin Biron to start round four. Frans Nielsen of the Islanders and Marian Gaborik of the Rangers each scored in the opening round of the shootout, and neither team scored again until Moulson scored.

Nabokov, who returned after missing four games with the flu, stopped 33 shots through 65 minutes before improving to 7-0 in games decided after regulation.

“I felt it a little bit, but as the game went on I felt better,” he said.

PA Parenteau scored twice and Moulson had a goal and an assist as the Islanders beat the Rangers for the second time in five tries this season — but the fifth straight time in games that have gone beyond 60 minutes.

“Our guys really battled and Nabby played very well for us,” Isles coach Jack Capuano. “He was competitive, he was aggressive in the net … he made some big saves for us down the stretch.”

The Islanders (26-27-8) now have 60 points, six behind eighth-place Florida. They begin a four-game trip on Sunday against Ottawa.

“This is a crucial road trip for us,” Capuano said.

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Miller, Sabres edge Bruins in shootout

Derek Roy made the most of his second chance.

Roy’s giveaway led to the game-tying goal by Boston’s Zdeno Chara 3:36 into the third period. But when coach Lindy Ruff sent him out in the fourth round of the shootout, Roy delivered the winning goal as the Buffalo Sabres beat the Bruins 2-1 before a packed house at First Niagara Center on Friday.

“I just felt in the shootout, ‘OK, I’m going to give you a chance to get it back for us,’” coach Lindy Ruff said of his decision to use. “It was great to see it go in. It was great to see him respond and get us that goal.”

After Boston’s David Krejci and Buffalo’s Thomas Vanek traded goals to force the shootout past three rounds, Roy drove in from the right side, faked a cut to the net and backhanded a shot that glanced off goalie Tuukka Rask’s glove, hit the right post and went in.

“Big goal for us,” Roy said. “Huge goal for us.”

Benoit Pouliot had a chance to force a fifth round, but fired wide.

Ryan Miller made 35 saves through 65 minutes and stopped three of four shootout attempts as the Sabres (27-27-7) improved to 3-0-1 in their last four games and 8-3-2 in their past 13. They moved ahead of Tampa Bay into 11th place in the East, five points behind eighth-place Florida

Buffalo (27-27-7) jumped ahead of idle Tampa Bay to move into 11th place, five points behind eighth-place Florida.

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This Day In Sabres History:

February 25, 1983 Davis Complete Sabres Amazing Comeback over Bruins

On this Date 29 years ago the Sabres made one of the Greatest Comebacks in Sabres History when they overcame the Rival Boston Bruins 5 goal lead to win 7-6. The Bruins quickly jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the 2nd Period, then the Sabres would score 4 quick goals in the 2nd Period to cut the Bruins lead down to 1 going into the 3rd. Dave Andreychuk would tie the game in the 3rd Period and then Mal Davis would score the Game Winner later in the frame. The goal was Davis brightest moment of his NHL career. He would only play 89 games with the Sabres recording 51 Points(29 G, 22 A) in his career. He would never play in the NHL again after finishing his career with the Sabres in 1985-1986.

The 1983 Sabres would move on to the playoffs and beat the Montreal Canadiens in the Adams Division Semi-Finals in 3 Games. The Sabres would then run into the Boston Bruins in the Adams Finals and get knocked out in 7 Games. The Series loss to the Bruins would start a 8 Playoff Series losing streak before the Sabres would sweep the Bruins in 1993 Adams Division Semi Finals.

Injury Report:

NY Rangers: Kolarik Knee Surgery(IR/Out), Sauer Concussion(IR/Out), Fedotenko Head(Questionable)

Buffalo: Hecht Concussion(IR/Out), McCormick Upper Body(Out), Boyes Undisclosed(Doubtful)

Next 5 Games:

Feb 29 at Anaheim Ducks 10:00 PM(MSG HD)

Mar 1 at San Jose Shark 10:30 PM(MSG HD)

Mar 3 at Vancouver Canucks 10:00 PM(MSG HD and CBC HD)

Mar 5 at Winnipeg Jets 8:00 PM(NBCS HD)

Mar 7 vs. Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

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Sabres look to make it four in a row against 2nd place Bruins

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Last Game:
Boston: Feb 22 @ Blues-Bruins Won 4-2

Buffalo: Feb 21 vs. Islanders-Sabres Won 2-1

Record:
Boston: 36-20-2
Buffalo: 26-27-7

Points:
Boston: 74
Buffalo: 59

Rank In Conference:
Boston: 2nd
Buffalo: 12th

Power Play Ranking:
Boston: 18.2(13th)
Buffalo: 15.7(23rd)

Penalty Kill Ranking:
Boston: 84.8(7th)
Buffalo: 80.5(23rd)

Goals For:
Boston: 187(T-4th)
Buffalo: 145(24th)

Goals Against:
Boston: 133(4th)
Buffalo: 172(20th)

Shots For:
Boston: 1930(6th)
Buffalo: 1747(20th)

Shots Against:
Boston: 1781(10th)
Buffalo: 1863(T-19th)

Blocked Shots:
Boston: 769(T-22nd)
Buffalo: 752(26th)

Hits:
Boston: 1180(25th)
Buffalo: 1073(30th)

Faceoff Percentage:
Boston: 55.1(1st)
Buffalo: 49.6(T-18th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

Boston: Lucic and Marchand(21), Seguin(20), Bergeron and Horton(17)
Buffalo: Pominville(23), Vanek(22), Roy(13), Stafford and Adam(10)

Assists:
Boston: Bergeron(32), Peverley(29), Krejci(28), Seguin(27), Chara(24)
Buffalo: Pominville(36), Vanek(24), Roy(21), Ehrhoff(20), Stafford(18)

Points:
Boston: Bergeron(49), Seguin(47), Lucic(44), Marchand(42), Krejci(40)
Buffalo: Pominville(59), Vanek(46), Roy(34), Stafford(28), Ehrhoff(24)

Plus/Minus:
Boston: Seguin(+30), Bergeron(+27), Kelly and Marchand(+23), Chara(+21)
Buffalo: Gragnani(+10), Gerbe(+4), Hecht, Ennis, and Gaustad(+1)

Penalty Minutes:
Boston: Thornton(122), Lucic(109), McQuaid(93), Marchand(79), Chara(61)
Buffalo: Kaleta(88), Gaustad(65), McCormick(49), Weber(48), Vanek(46)

Shots:
Boston: Seguin(171), Chara(168), Bergeron(142), Corvo(140), Seidenberg(127)
Buffalo: Pominville(170), Stafford(158), Vanek(153), Roy(128), Ehrhoff(109)

Blocked Shots:
Boston: Seidenberg(126), Boychuk(98), McQuaid(85), Chara(64), Bergeron(55)
Buffalo: Regehr(82), Leopold(79), Sekera(69), Ehrhoff(64), Weber(60)

Hits:
Boston: Lucic(134), Chara(114), Boychuk(104), Seidenberg(102), McQuaid(72)
Buffalo: Regehr(126), Kaleta(100), Gaustad(94), Weber(79), Stafford(76)

Face-Off Wins:
Boston: Bergeron(678), Krejci(379), Kelly(295), Campbell(258), Peverley(187)
Buffalo: Gaustad(473), Roy(467), Pominville(159), Hecht(136)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:
Boston: Tim Thomas 25-12-0 2.21 GAA .929 SV% 4 SO
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 18-17-3 2.75 GAA .908 SV% 3 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: Feb 8 @ Buffalo-Sabres Won 6-0

Season Series: Bruins Lead 2-1
All-Time: Bruins Lead 143-126-36
All-Time @ BUF: Sabres Lead 82-49-21

Injury Report:
Boston: Savard Post-Concussion Syndrome(IR/Out), Horton Concussion(IR/Out), Peverley Sprained MCL(Out)
Buffalo: Hecht Concussion(IR/Out), McCormick Upper Body(Out), Boyes Undisclosed(Questionable), Regehr Upper Body(Questionable)

Next 5 Games:
Feb 25 at New York Rangers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Feb 29 at Anaheim Ducks 10:00 PM(MSG HD)
Mar 1 at San Jose Shark 10:30 PM(MSG HD)
Mar 3 at Vancouver Canucks 10:00 PM(MSG HD/CBC HD)
Mar 5 at Winnipeg Jets 8:00 PM(NBCSN HD)

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Miller Stones Islanders in Sabres 2-1 Victory

The Sabres kept their fading playoff hopes alive with a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders. For the 2nd game in a row the Sabres scored a quick goal to open up the hockey game Tyler Myers would find the puck in a huge scrum in front of the Islanders net and would beat Kevin Poulin only 1:21 into the game. Thomas Vanek would put the Sabres up 2-0 3:41 into the 2nd Period when Derek Roy would find Vanek all alone in front of the Islander net and would beat Poulin. The Islanders would score with 5:08 left in regulation to cut the Sabres lead in half when Frans Nielsen would beat Miller. Miller was strong again stopping 30 of 31 Islanders shots winning his 18th game of the season. Kevin Poulin had a strong game as well, but got his 4th loss of the season making 35 Saves. With the win the Sabres moved up to 12th place in the Eastern Conference and within 6th points of the 8th Place Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Sabres return to action on Friday Night when Tim Thomas and the Boston Bruins make their final visit to First Niagara Center this season. Game time is 7:30 PM and can be seen on MSG HD.

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Sabres and Islanders Look To Keep Fading Playoffs Hopes Alive In Matchup at FNC

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Last Game:

NY Islanders: Feb 20 at Senators Loss 6-0

Buffalo: Feb 19 vs. Penguins Win 6-2

Record:

NY Islanders: 25-26-8

Buffalo: 25-27-7

Points:

NY Islanders: 58

Buffalo: 57

Rank In Conference:

NY Islanders: 12th

Buffalo: 14th

Power Play Ranking:

NY Islanders: 19.2(T-7th)

Buffalo: 15.8(21st)

Penalty Kill Ranking:

NY Islanders: 83.1(12th)

Buffalo: 80.4(24th)

Goals For:

NY Islanders: 135(27th)

Buffalo: 143(24th)

Goals Against:

NY Islanders: 171(T-21st)

Buffalo: 171(T-21st)

Shots For:

NY Islanders: 1757(T-15th)

Buffalo: 1710(19th)

Shots Against:

NY Islanders: 1780(16th)

Buffalo: 1832(25th)

Blocked Shots:

NY Islanders: 1013(1st)

Buffalo: 742(T-25th)

Hits:

NY Islanders: 1367(12th)

Buffalo: 1059(30th)

Faceoff Percentage:

NY Islanders: 47.6(27th)

Buffalo: 49.7(T-18th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

NY Islanders: Moulson(25), Tavares(24), Grabner(15), Okposo(13)

Buffalo: Pominville(23), Vanek(21), Roy(13), Stafford and Adam(10)

Assists:

NY Islanders: Parenteau(41), Tavares(34) Streit(28), Moulson(25)

Buffalo: Pominville(34), Vanek(24), Ehrhoff(20), Roy(19)

Points:

NY Islanders: Tavares(58), Parenteau(53), Moulson(50), Streit(33)

Buffalo: Pominville(57), Vanek(45), Roy(32), Stafford(28)

Plus/Minus:

NY Islanders: Moulson(+5), Hamonic(+4), de Haan, Ness, and Ullstrom(+1), Rakhshani, Wishart, and Haley(EV)

Buffalo: Gragnani(+10), Gerbe(+4), Hecht, Ennis, and Gaustad(+1), Szczechura, Whitmore, and Sekera(EV)

Penalty Minutes:

NY Islanders: M. Martin(87), Parenteau(73), Hamonic(57), Staios(43)

Buffalo: Kaleta(86), Gaustad(65), McCormick(49), Vanek(46)

Shots:

NY Islanders: Tavares(216), Moulson(165), Grabner(129), Parenteau(125)

Buffalo: Pominville(167), Stafford(155), Vanek(151), Roy(125)

Blocked Shots:

NY Islanders: A. MacDonald(132), Hamonic(115), Staios(102), Jurcina(91)

Buffalo: Regehr(82), Leopold(76), Sekera(69), Ehrhoff(61)

Hits:

NY Islanders: M. Martin(273), Hamonic(133), Jurcina(123), Niederreiter(87)

Buffalo: Regehr(126), Kaleta(98), Gaustad(93), Weber(78)

Face-Off Wins:

NY Islanders: Tavares(575), Nielsen(391), Bailey(288), Reasoner(200)

Buffalo: Gaustad(466),  Roy(462), Pominville(158), Hecht(136)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:

NY Islanders: Kevin Poulin 2-3-0 3.29 GAA .896 SV%

Buffalo:  Ryan Miller 17-17-3 2.80 GAA .906 SV% 3 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: Feb 4 Sabres Won(SO) 4-3

Season Series: Islanders Lead 2-0-1

All-Time: Sabres Lead 72-55-23

All-Time vs. NYI: Sabres Lead 40-23-9

Senators rout Islanders 6-0

Ottawa spent a Monday afternoon matinee against the New York Islanders emphatically answering any questions about the effects of a four-day break.

In fact, the Senators sucked the air out of a hopeful Nassau Coliseum crowd – on hand to see if the Islanders could close the six-point gap between them and the eighth-place Toronto Maple Leafs – before many of them had time to find their seats in a 6-0 rout of the Islanders.

Ottawa led 2-0 after just 1:35 through goals by Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza, sending Isles starter Kevin Poulin to the bench in just 95 seconds. The Senators (31-22-8) wound up getting two goals and two assists from Karlsson, the NHL’s highest-scoring defenseman, and two goals from Spezza.

“Six-to-nothing. That sums it up pretty well,” said Senators coach Paul MacLean when asked about the effects of a four-day break, one that included two complete days off the ice, this late in the season.

“I thought our team was really ready to play. Scoring in the first minutes, getting two goals in the first 90 seconds, was good. It was a good sign of our preparation and our willingness to compete today against a team that we knew was going to be able to skate real well. … We were very pleased with how we started and how we ended.”

The Senators finished with four goals from their defense, as Chris Phillips and Brian Lee also scored to support Craig Anderson’s third shutout of the season. Anderson was rarely tested while stopping 28 shots, but the goalie said his defense deserved much of the credit.

“Allowing me to see the puck, that’s huge,” Anderson said. “When a goalie can see the puck, he’s going to stop most times than not.”

Ottawa improved to 4-0-1 in its last five games and moved within one point of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh in the conference standings. The Senators lead eighth-place Toronto by six points.

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Sabres end skid with 6-2 win over Pens

The Buffalo Sabres emphatically put an end to their four-game skid Sunday afternoon.

Derek Roy redirected Jason Pominville’s centering pass through Marc-Andre Fleury’s legs for a shorthanded goal as part of Buffalo’s three-goal third period in securing a 6-2 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins at First Niagara Center.

With the victory, the Sabres snapped a four-game skid (0-3-1) and Roy finished with two goals and an assist to enjoy his best outing in nearly four months.

“Finishing the chances is obviously key,” said Roy, who was staring at an open side only to have Fleury kick out his left pad in preventing the Sabres from building a 3-1 lead with 7:20 left in the second period.

“He made a nice save. But at the same time, you want to finish that and get up three goals and close the game out,” Roy said. “In the third period, I was really mad and I wanted to go out and score a goal.”

It was a breakout performance for Roy, whose 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists) in three games matched what he had in his previous 20 (3 goals, 2 assists).

Pominville had a goal and two assists, while Paul Gaustad, Drew Stafford and Tyler Ennis also scored in helping Buffalo (25-27-7) move out of a tie with Carolina for last place in the Eastern Conference.

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This Day In Sabres History:

February 21, 1974 Sabres Defensemen Tim Horton Dies in Tragic Car Crash

On This Day 38 Years ago the Sabres lost Tim Horton who got in a car crash on the way back from a game in Toronto. The Sabres lost to the Leafs on the 23rd 4-2 at Maple Leafs Gardens. When Horton was traveling back to Buffalo on the QEW he lost control of his sports car and hit a concrete convert. Horton at the time of impact was going at 100 mph and didn’t have his seatbelt on. As result of the crash Horton was launched from the vehicle. He was dead on arrival at a local hospital on February 24th. An autopsy report showed that Horton was two time over the legal limit at the time of the Accident. The Sabres would play that same night and come back from a 4-1 deficit to finish with a 4-4 tie. The 73-74 Sabres wouldn’t recover after Horton’s death finishing with a 32-34-12 record and missing the playoffs. The Sabres retired Horton number 2 January 15, 1996.

Injury Report:

NY Islanders: Katic Left Shoulder Surgery(IR/Out), DiPietro Sports Hernia Surgery(IR/Out), Mottau Concussion-Like Symptoms((IR/Out), Hamonic Facial Lacerations/Broken Nose(IR/Out), Reese Sprain Left Knee(IR/Out), Nabokov Flu-Like Symptoms(Questionable)

Buffalo: Hecht Concussion(IR/Out), McCormick Upper Body(Out)

Next 5 Games:

Feb 24 vs. Boston Bruins 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

Feb 25 at New York Rangers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Feb 29 at Anaheim Ducks 10:00 PM(MSG HD)

Mar 1 at San Jose Shark 10:30 PM(MSG HD)

Mar 3 at Vancouver Canucks 10:00 PM(MSG HD and CBC HD)

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Slumping Sabres look to keep unbeaten streak alive against Montreal

VS. 7:30PM

Last Game:
Montreal: Feb 15 vs. Bruins-Canadiens Lost 4-3(SO)

Buffalo: Feb 16 @ Flyers-Sabres Lost 7-2

Record:
Montreal: 23-25-10
Buffalo: 24-27-6

Points:
Montreal: 56
Buffalo: 54

Rank In Conference:
Montreal: 13th
Buffalo: 14th

Power Play Ranking:
Montreal: 13.5(29th)
Buffalo: 16.4(20th)

Penalty Kill Ranking:
Montreal: 88.9(1st)
Buffalo: 80.8(22nd)

Goals For:
Montreal: 153(14th)
Buffalo: 134(26th)

Goals Against:
Montreal: 150(12th)
Buffalo: 166(T-23rd)

Shots For:
Montreal: 1688(17th)
Buffalo: 1656(19th)

Shots Against:
Montreal: 1677(9th)
Buffalo: 1787(26th)

Blocked Shots:
Montreal: 959(2nd)
Buffalo: 723(25th)

Hits:
Montreal: 1269(16th)
Buffalo: 1035(28th)

Faceoff Percentage:
Montreal: 48.7(24th)
Buffalo: 49.5(19th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

Montreal: Pacioretty(24), Cole(22), Bourque(16), Plekanec, Kostitsyn, Eller(12)
Buffalo: Pominville(22), Vanek(21), Roy(11), Adam(10)

Assists:
Montreal: Desharnais(31), Plekanec(28), Kaberle(23), Cole(22)
Buffalo: Pominville(32), Vanek(23), Stafford, Roy, Ehrhoff(17), Gerbe(15)

Points:
Montreal: Pacioretty and Cole(44), Desharnais(42), Plekanec(40)G
Buffalo: Pominville(54), Vanek(44), Roy(28), Stafford(26)

Plus/Minus:
Montreal: Gorges(+16), Cole and Desharnais(+11), Eller(+5)
Buffalo: Gragnani(+10), Gerbe(+3), Gaustad and Hecht(+1)

Penalty Minutes:
Montreal: Subban(70), Bourque(54), Plekanec(46), Pacioretty(44)
Buffalo: Kaleta(86), Gaustad(65), McCormick(49), Vanek(44), Roy(42)

Shots:
Montreal: Pacioretty(201), Cole(167), Plekanec(159), Subban(143)
Buffalo: Pominville(160), Stafford(150), Vanek(146), Roy(121)

Blocked Shots:
Montreal: Gorges(166), Gill(122), Diaz(91), Subban(83), Emelin(67)
Buffalo: Regehr(81), Leopold(73), Sekera(67), Ehrhoff(59)

Hits:
Montreal: Emelin(172), Cole(141), Gorges(85), Kostitsyn(78)
Buffalo: Regehr(120), Kaleta(95), Gaustad(93), Weber(76)

Face-Off Wins:
Montreal: Plekanec(601), Desharnais(454), Eller(231), Nokelainen(129)
Buffalo: Roy(446), Gaustad(439), Pominville(155), Hecht(136)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:
Montreal: Carey Price 21-20-9 2.36 GAA .917 SV% 4 SO
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 16-17-3 2.82 GAA .907 SV% 3 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: Jan 31 @ Montreal-Sabres Won 3-1
Season Series: Sabres Lead 3-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 131-118-36
All-Time @ BUF: Sabres Lead 76-41-23

Injury Report:
Montreal: Markov Knee Surgery(IR/Out), Gionta Bicep Surgery(IR/Out), Nokelainen Leg(IR/Out), Blunden Knee Surgery(IR/Out), Weber Lower Body(IR/Out), Moen Upper Body(Doubtful)
Buffalo: Hecht Concussion(IR/Out), McCormick Upper Body(Doubtful)

Next 5 Games:
Feb 19 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins 12:30 PM(NBC HD)
Feb 21 vs. New York Islanders 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Feb 24 vs. Boston Bruins 7:30 PM(MSG HD)
Feb 25 @ New York Rangers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Feb 29 @ Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 PM(MSG HD, CBC)

Sabres take on Devils in Valentine’s Day match up

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Last Game:
New Jersey: Feb 11 vs. Panthers-Devils Lost 3-1

Buffalo: Feb 11 vs. Lightning-Sabres Lost 2-1

Record:
New Jersey: 31-20-4
Buffalo: 24-25-6

Points:
New Jersey: 66
Buffalo: 54

Rank In Conference:
New Jersey: 6th
Buffalo: 14th

Power Play Ranking:
New Jersey: 16.6(20th)
Buffalo: 17.1(T-18th)

Penalty Kill Ranking:
New Jersey: 88.4(2nd)
Buffalo: 81.9(T-14th)

Goals For:
New Jersey: 145(17th)
Buffalo: 131(T-25th)

Goals Against:
New Jersey: 152(15th)
Buffalo: 155(17th)

Shots For:
New Jersey: 1515(27th)
Buffalo: 1597(20th)

Shots Against:
New Jersey: 1494(2nd)
Buffalo: 1721(24th)

Blocked Shots:
New Jersey: 638(30th)
Buffalo: 697(25th)

Hits:
New Jersey: 1145(21st)
Buffalo: 986(30th)

Faceoff Percentage:
New Jersey: 46.6(29th)
Buffalo: 49.5(T-18th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

New Jersey: Kovalchuk(22), Parise and Clarkson(21), Elias(19), Zubrus(15)
Buffalo: Vanek and Pominville(20), Roy(11), Adam(10)

Assists:
New Jersey: Elias(34), Kovalchuk(30), Parise(27), Henrique(21), Zubrus(17)
Buffalo: Pominville(32), Vanek(23), Stafford and Ehrhoff(17), Roy(16), Gerbe(14)

Points:
New Jersey: Elias(53), Kovalchuk(52), Parise(48), Henrique(35), Zubrus(32)
Buffalo: Pominville(52), Vanek(43), Roy(27), Stafford(26)

Plus/Minus:
New Jersey: Salvador(+11), Henrique(+8), Greene(+6), Josefson and Bernier(+3)
Buffalo: Gragnani(+10), Gerbe(+4), Gaustad(+3), Hecht and Sekera(+1)

Penalty Minutes:
New Jersey: Clarkson(88), Boulton(69), Janssen and Carter(60), Salvador(34)
Buffalo: Kaleta(86), Gaustad(65), McCormick(49), Vanek(40)

Shots:
New Jersey: Kovalchuk(197), Parise(192), Clarkson(154), Sykora(124)
Buffalo: Pominville(155), Stafford(142), Vanek(140), Roy(118)

Blocked Shots:
New Jersey: Volchenkov(88), Salvador(76), Fayne(65), Larsson(55)
Buffalo: Regehr(77), Leopold(69), Sekera(66), Ehrhoff(57)

Hits:
New Jersey: Clarkson(123), Volchenkov(115), Ponikarovsky(107), Carter(92)
Buffalo: Regehr(119), Kaleta(90), Gaustad(88), Weber(69), Stafford(68)

Face-Off Wins:
New Jersey: Elias(426), Henrique(338), Carter(177), Zubrus(127), Mills(77)
Buffalo: Roy(436), Gaustad(415), Pominville(148), Hecht(136)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:
New Jersey: Johan Hedberg 13-7-2 2.53 GAA .908 SV% 2 SO
Buffalo: Jhonas Enroth 8-9-3 2.59 GAA .919 SV% 1 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: Jan 24 @ Devils-Sabres Won 2-1(SO)

Season Series: Devils Lead 2-0-1
All-Time: Sabres Lead 72-48-5
All-Time @ BUF: Sabres Lead 38-22-2

Injury Report:
New Jersey: Zajac Strained Achilles(IR/Out), Tallinder Blood Clot in Leg(IR/Out), Carter Non-Displaced Finger Fracture(IR/Out), Larsson Bruised Back(Out)
Buffalo: Stuart Lower Body(IR/Out), Hecht Concussion(IR/Out) Brennan Concussion(IR/Out), McCormick Upper Body(Questionable)

Next 5 Games:
Feb 16 at Philadelphia Flyers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Feb 17 vs. Montreal Canadiens 7:30 PM(MSG HD)
Feb 19 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins 12:30 PM(NBC HD)
Feb 21 vs. New York Islanders 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Feb 24 vs. Boston Bruins 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

Sabres Look for 2 Big Points versus Lightning

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Last Game:

Tampa Bay: Feb 9 at NY Rangers Loss(OT) 4-3

Buffalo: Feb 10 vs. Stars Win(SO) 3-2

Record:

Tampa Bay: 23-24-6

Buffalo: 24-24-6

Points:

Tampa Bay: 52

Buffalo: 54

Rank In Conference:

Tampa Bay: 13th

Buffalo: 11th

Power Play Ranking:

Tampa Bay: 13.9(26th)

Buffalo: 17.2(T-17th)

Penalty Kill Ranking:

Tampa Bay: 80.6(24th)

Buffalo: 81.6(T-17th)

Goals For:

Tampa Bay: 149(11th)

Buffalo: 130(25th)

Goals Against:

Tampa Bay: 177(30th)

Buffalo: 153(20th)

Shots For:

Tampa Bay: 1494(24th)

Buffalo: 1570(20th)

Shots Against:

Tampa Bay: 1592(11th)

Buffalo: 1693(24th)

Blocked Shots:

Tampa Bay: 825(11th)

Buffalo: 680(T-24th)

Hits:

Tampa Bay: 1118(22nd)

Buffalo: 968(29th)

Faceoff Percentage:

Tampa Bay: 49.3(20th)

Buffalo: 49.4(19th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Tampa Bay: Stamkos(36), Lecavalier(21), St. Louis(16), Purcell(13)

Buffalo: Vanek(20), Pominville(19), Roy(11), Adam(10)

Assists:

Tampa Bay: St. Louis(34), Stamkos and Lecavalier(24), M. Bergeron(20), Purcell and Malone(17)

Buffalo: Pominville(32), Vanek(22), Stafford and Ehrhoff(17), Roy(16), Gerbe(14)

Points:

Tampa Bay: Stamkos(60), St. Louis(50), Lecavalier(45), Purcell(30)

Buffalo: Pominville(51), Vanek(42), Roy(27), Stafford(26)

Plus/Minus:

Tampa Bay: M. Bergeron and Purcell(+6), T. Smith, Stamkos, and Kubina(+4), Gilroy and Wyman(+3), Lecavalier and Mikkelson(+2)

Buffalo: Gragnani(+10), Gerbe(+4), Gaustad(+3), Hecht(+1)

Penalty Minutes:

Tampa Bay: Downie(121), Kubina(55), Moore(48), Stamkos and Lecavalier(44)

Buffalo: Kaleta(86), Gaustad(65), McCormick(49), Vanek(40)

Shots:

Tampa Bay: Stamkos(187), Lecavalier(161), St. Louis(115), Downie(89)

Buffalo: Pominville(150), Stafford(141), Vanek(138), Roy(116)

Blocked Shots:

Tampa Bay: B. Clark(126), Brewer(110), Kubina(90), Hedman(76)

Buffalo: Regehr(75), Leopold(68), Sekera(65), Ehrhoff(56)

Hits:

Tampa Bay: Brewer(119), Kubina(87), B. Clark(83), Malone(81)

Buffalo: Regehr(116), Gaustad and Kaleta(87), Weber(67), Stafford(66)

Face-Off Wins:

Tampa Bay: Lecavalier(459), Stamkos(325), Moore(295), N. Thompson(169)

Buffalo: Roy(428), Gaustad(403), Pominville(147), Hecht(136)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:

Tampa Bay: Mathieu Garon 16-13-4 2.91 GAA .900 SV% 1 SO

Buffalo:  Ryan Miller 16-15-3 2.76 GAA .909 SV% 3 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: Oct 25 Lightning Won 4-3

Season Series: Lightning Lead 2-0-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 46-21-5

All-Time vs. T.B.: Sabres Lead 22-12-2

Rangers top Lightning 4-3 in OT

Brad Richards is sick and tired of answering questions about his recent struggles. Perhaps his heroics on Thursday night will put an end to the inquiries, at least for the time being.

The Rangers’ $60 million man scored with 2:23 left in overtime to complete a 4-3 comeback victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden. It was Richards’ second goal and fourth point in the past 13 games.

“It felt good,” said Richards of his 17th goal of the season. “Maybe now you guys can stop talking about it.”

Richards signed a nine-year deal with the Rangers this offseason and made an impact right away with 11 goals and 14 assists in his first 27 games. But he has cooled considerably, posting just five goals and four assists in 24 games before Thursday.

Coach John Tortorella said some of Richards’ slumping can be attributed to getting comfortable in his system.

“I think he’s playing better defensively,” Tortorella said. “It’s a bit of an adjustment to him, how much concentration we do have defensively here. He’ll get through it. Don’t give up on that guy.”

The Lightning entered the third period with a 3-2 lead on the strength of goals from Steven Stamkos, his League-leading 36th, Vincent Lecavalier and Bruno Gervais. But the Rangers’ Brian Boyle tied it with 9:47 left in regulation, helping the team improve to 4-9-1 when trailing after two periods.

It may not seem like an impressive mark, but only three teams have a better winning percentage in the same situation this season.

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Sabres rally to beat Stars 3-2 in shootout

Don’t look now, but the Buffalo Sabres are stalking the rest of the Eastern Conference.

Following a blowout win over Boston on Wednesday, the Sabres proved they could win the close ones as well by erasing a two-goal, third-period deficit to beat Dallas 3-2 in a shootout for their third straight victory.

With the win, Buffalo (24-24-6) leapfrogged Montreal and Tampa Bay for sole possession of 11th place, eight points shy of the final playoff slot. Thomas Vanek and Derek Roy scored for Buffalo and Ryan Miller stopped 24 shots.

“We played well, played sound,” said Nathan Gerbe, who converted the shootout winner. “We didn’t have our legs right away, but Millsy came up big and kept us in the game. It shows we can play, it shows what kind of team we are and we’re ready to make a big run and make the playoffs.”

Dallas (28-23-3) moved within a point of eighth-place Phoenix in the West but failed in its bid to win a regular-season game in Buffalo for the first time since Oct. 7, 1997. Dallas dropped to 0-5-2 in its past trips to Buffalo.

When Tomas Vincour gave Dallas a 2-0 lead at 4:17 of the third period, some Sabre faithful headed for the First Niagara Center exits. Before they reached the door, Buffalo struck back on the power play.

Vanek, playing his first game since missing three with an upper-body injury, scored his team-leading 20th goal by deflecting Jason Pominville’s right-circle blast past Kari Lehtonen at 5:07.

“I said this morning that I think (Vanek) can be instant help with the power play,” said coach Lindy Ruff. “And it seems when he does come back he gets on the scoresheet.”

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This Day In Sabres History:

February 11, 2006 Vanek’s 2 Goal Night Carries Sabres to 5-3 win over Panthers

On This Day 6 Years ago Thomas Vanek scored twice in the Sabres 5-3 victory over the Florida Panthers. Sabres went up 2-0 by the 5:02 mark of the 2nd Period on goals from J.P. Dumont and Jiri Novotny. The Panthers would come back scoring twice in a 5:17 span on goals from former Sabre Chris Gratton and Jon Sim. Vanek would give the Sabres the lead with 50 seconds left in the 2nd Period. Vanek would add his 2nd of the night 5:00 into the 3rd Period to put the Sabres up 4-2. Jason Pominville would put the game out of reach scoring a Power Play Goal with 3:34 left in the game Mike Van Ryn would round out the scoring for the Panthers. Ryan Miller got the win for the Sabres making 29 Saves on the Night.

Injury Report:

Tampa Bay: Ohlund Arthroscopic Right Knee Surgery(IR/Out), Malone Upper Body(IR/Out), Tyrell Right Knee Surgery(IR/Out)

Buffalo: Stuart Lower Body(IR/Out), Hecht Concussion(IR/Out) Brennan Concussion(IR/Out)

Next 5 Games:

Feb 14 vs. New Jersey Devils 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Feb 16 at Philadelphia Flyers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Feb 17 vs. Montreal Canadiens 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

Feb 19 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins 12:30 PM(NBC HD)

Feb 21 vs. New York Islanders 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

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