Archive for February 1st, 2012


Sabres Return Home To Take On Eastern Conference Leading Rangers

@ 7:30 PM

Last Game:

NY Rangers: Jan 31 at Devils Loss(SO) 4-3

Buffalo: Jan 31 at Canadiens Win 3-1


NY Rangers: 31-12-5

Buffalo: 21-24-5


NY Rangers: 67

Buffalo: 47

Rank In Conference:

NY Rangers: 1st

Buffalo: 14th

Power Play Ranking:

NY Rangers: 13.9(25th)

Buffalo: 17.8(15th)

Penalty Kill Ranking:

NY Rangers: 87.1(T-3rd)

Buffalo: 81.4(21st)

Goals For:

NY Rangers: 133(12th)

Buffalo: 119(T-24th)

Goals Against:

NY Rangers: 96(T-1st)

Buffalo: 148(25th)

Shots For:

NY Rangers: 1355(26th)

Buffalo: 1438(19th)

Shots Against:

NY Rangers: 1408(6th)

Buffalo: 1564(25th)

Blocked Shots:

NY Rangers: 794(T-4th)

Buffalo: 639(T-22nd)


NY Rangers: 1398(1st)

Buffalo: 899(29th)

Faceoff Percentage:

NY Rangers: 50.2(T-13th)

Buffalo: 49.6(T-18th)

Team Leaders:


NY Rangers: Gaborik(25), Callahan(17), B. Richards(16), Stepan(10)

Buffalo: Vanek(19), Pominville(17), Adam(10), Roy(9)


NY Rangers: Stepan(21), Callahan and Del Zotto(19), B. Richards(17), Dubinsky and Gaborik(16)

Buffalo: Pominville(30), Vanek(22), Roy(16), Stafford(15)


NY Rangers: Gaborik(41), Callahan(36), B. Richards(33), Stepan(31)

Buffalo: Pominville(47), Vanek(41), Roy(25), Stafford(23)


NY Rangers: Del Zotto(+24), Stepan(+19), McDonagh(+17), Hagelin(+14)

Buffalo: Gragnani(+10), Gerbe(+2), Hecht(+1), Ennis, Szczechura, Whitmore, and Gaustad(EV)

Penalty Minutes:

NY Rangers: Prust(92), Dubinsky(68), Rupp(60), Callahan(53)

Buffalo: Gaustad(63), Kaleta(62), McCormick(42), Vanek(40)


NY Rangers: Gaborik(161), Callahan(139), B. Richards(130), Stepan(107)

Buffalo: Pominville(135), Vanek(134), Stafford(130), Roy(106)

Blocked Shots:

NY Rangers: Girardi(121), McDonagh(116), Del Zotto(70), Callahan(53)

Buffalo: Regehr(66), Sekera(63), Leopold(62), Ehrhoff(51)


NY Rangers: Callahan(173), Girardi(138), B. Boyle(131), Dubinsky(122)

Buffalo: Regehr(111), Gaustad(85), Kaleta(74), Weber(62)

Face-Off Wins:

NY Rangers: B. Richards(409), B. Boyle(306), Stepan(236), Dubinsky(163)

Buffalo: Roy(396), Gaustad(377), Pominville(143), Hecht(136)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:

NY Rangers: Henrik Lundqvist 22-10-4 1.87 GAA .937 SV% 5 SO

Buffalo:  Ryan Miller 13-15-2 2.99 GAA .901 SV% 1 SO


Last Meeting: Dec 10 Rangers Won 4-1

Season Series: Rangers Lead 1-0-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 76-53-30

All-Time vs. NYR: Sabres Lead 46-23-12

Kovalchuk leads Devils past Rangers, 4-3 in shootout

Ilya Kovalchuk couldn’t quite figure out if Rangers goalie Martin Biron was trying to play head games with him, but he didn’t necessarily care either. All Kovalchuk saw was the gaping wide five-hole Biron was leaving for him, and he went straight for it.

“I don’t know what he was thinking,” Kovalchuk said. “It was a pretty big five-hole there.”

Kovalchuk could have shot about a dozen pucks through Biron’s legs in the first-round of the shootout Tuesday at Prudential Center, but all he needed was one. It’s all the Devils needed, too, because goalie Martin Brodeur stopped Derek Stepan, Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik to seal a 4-3 shootout victory over the New York Rangers that allowed the Devils to move up to seventh in the Eastern Conference standings.

Despite the loss, the Rangers held their lead in the conference by virtue of the one point.

The Devils, who are now 9-2 in shootouts this season, came back from three one-goal deficits to force overtime. David Clarkson scored with 47.6 seconds left to tie the game at 3-3. Kovalchuk made it 2-2 with 4:35 remaining, but Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto scored 36 seconds later to give the Rangers the lead again.

Devils captain Zach Parise also sandwiched his 16th goal of the season around goals by Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman and forward Brian Boyle.

“It’s a big one for sure,” said Devils coach Pete DeBoer, whose team snapped a three-game winless streak. “We’re at a time when obviously they’re all big, but we really needed a win against a really good team, the best of our conference right now. During a critical homestand here, it’s a big two points.”

Gaustad 3 Point Night Leads Sabres to 3-1 Win Over Canadiens

Paul Gaustad had a goal and two assists to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.

Ryan Miller made 27 saves for Buffalo, which won its second straight road game following a 12-game losing streak away from home.

Gaustad set up Ville Leino’s fourth goal 4:01 into the second period to tie it at 1. Gaustad beat Carey Price from the goalmouth to give the Sabres the lead 6:17 into the third and assisted as Patrick Kaleta scored into an empty net with 51.1 seconds remaining.

Max Pacioretty scored his 18th goal for Montreal, which went into the All-Star break on a 2-0-1 run, capped by a 7-2 win last Wednesday over NHL-leading Detroit.

Price stopped 37 shots.

Thomas Vanek, who leads the Sabres with 19 goals, left after the first period because of an upper-body injury. He did not return.

This Day In Sabres History:

February 1, 1976 Gilbert Perrault Sets Team Record with 7 Points In One Game

On this date 36 Years ago Gilbert Perrault set a team record netting 7 Points in a Sabres 9-5 victory over the California Golden Seals. Perrault would finish the season with 113 Points(44 G, 69 A) in 80 Games Played. The next closest Sabre was French Connection line mate Rene Robert 87 Points(35 G, 52 A). The Sabres would go on to the playoffs finishing 2nd place in the Adams Division with a 46-21-13 record and 105 Points. The Sabres would get knocked out by their rivals New York Islanders.

Injury Report:

NY Rangers: Kolarik Knee Surgery(IR/Out), Sauer Concussion(IR/Out), Eminger Separated Right Shoulder(IR/Out), Woywitka Foot(IR/Out)

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

Next 5 Games:

Feb 4 at New York Islanders 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Feb 8 vs. Boston Bruins 7:30 PM(NBCS HD TSN2 HD)

Feb 10 vs. Dallas Stars 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

Feb 11 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

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

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