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Sabres Look To Keep Up Strong Play vs Stars

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Last Game:

Dallas: at Blue Jackets Win 4-2

Buffalo: Feb 8 vs. Bruins Win 6-0

Record:

Dallas: 28-23-2

Buffalo: 23-24-6

Points:

Dallas: 58

Buffalo: 52

Rank In Conference:

Dallas: 8th

Buffalo: 13th

Power Play Ranking:

Dallas: 14.6(25th)

Buffalo: 16.8(18th)

Penalty Kill Ranking:

Dallas: 81.6(T-19th)

Buffalo: 81.8(18th)

Goals For:

Dallas: 137(19th)

Buffalo: 128(T-24th)

Goals Against:

Dallas: 148(T-16th)

Buffalo: 151(T-19th)

Shots For:

Dallas: 1498(23rd)

Buffalo: 1538(20th)

Shots Against:

Dallas: 1656(22nd)

Buffalo: 1667(23rd)

Blocked Shots:

Dallas: 836(T-7th)

Buffalo: 669(25th)

Hits:

Dallas: 1433(3rd)

Buffalo: 948(30th)

Faceoff Percentage:

Dallas: 49.3(20th)

Buffalo: 49.2(T-22nd)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Dallas: Ryder(19), Eriksson and Benn(17), Nystrom(15), Riberio(11)

Buffalo: Vanek and Pominville(19), Adam and Roy(10), Stafford(9), Leopold(8)

Assists:

Dallas: Benn(31), Eriksson(27), Riberio(25), Ryder and Ott(17)

Buffalo: Pominville(31), Vanek(22), Roy, Ehrhoff, and Stafford(16), Gerbe(14)

Points:

Dallas: Benn(48), Eriksson(44), Ryder and Riberio(36), Ott(25)

Buffalo: Pominville(50), Vanek(41), Roy(26), Stafford(25)

Plus/Minus:

Dallas: Benn(+15), Souray(+11), Ryder(+10), Eriksson(+9)

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

Penalty Minutes:

Dallas: Ott(105), Morrow(74), Souray(59), Burish(48)

Buffalo: Kaleta(86), Gaustad(65), McCormick(47), Vanek(40)

Shots:

Dallas: Benn(135), Souray(132), Ryder(126), Eriksson(124)

Buffalo: Pominville(147), Vanek and Stafford(134), Roy(113), Ehrhoff(97)

Blocked Shots:

Dallas: Grossman(99), Daley(84), Robidas(62), Souray(61)

Buffalo: Regehr(72), Leopold(67), Sekera(64), Ehrhoff(56)

Hits:

Dallas: Ott(173), Fistric(143), Robidas(128), Nystrom(107)

Buffalo: Regehr(114), Gaustad(86), Kaleta(84), Weber(66)

Face-Off Wins:

Dallas: Ott(354), Fiddler(344), Benn(286), Riberio(184)

Buffalo: Roy(420), Gaustad(393), Pominville(145), Hecht(136)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:

Dallas: Richard Backman 6-3-1 2.72 GAA .912 SV% 1 SO

Buffalo:  Ryan Miller 15-15-3 2.79 GAA .908 SV% 3 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: Oct 30, 2010 Stars Won 4-0

Season Series: Stars Won 1-0-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 53-41-17

All-Time vs. DAL: Sabres Lead 30-13-11

Benn 2 Goals Power Stars 4-2 Victory over Blue Jackets

Jamie Benn scored two goals and Kari Lehtonen had 26 saves to make an early lead stand up in the Dallas Stars’ 4-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night.

Alex Goligoski and Stephane Robidas each had a goal and an assist, and Mike Ribeiro added two assists for the Stars, who began the night 12th in the Western Conference but just two points behind eighth-place Minnesota.

Dallas led 3-0 barely 21 minutes in and then hung on behind Lehtonen to win its fourth in the last six games.

Vinny Prospal and Rick Nash scored, and Fedor Tyutin and Derick Brassard had two assists apiece for Columbus, which was trying for its first three-game winning streak of the season.

Columbus had several chances to get the tying goal in the final period. With 6 minutes left, Jeff Carter, who had goals in his last two games, hit the post on a hard shot from the left hash. Tyutin was just wide with another big slap shot with just over a minute remaining and Lehtonen smothered R.J. Umberger’s redirect attempt with 29 seconds left.

The Stars wasted little time in taking control, scoring twice in the opening 4 1/2 minutes.

Benn opened the scoring after a giveaway by Columbus’ Samuel Pahlsson handed him the puck in the high slot. Benn wheeled and flicked a rising forehand shot into the top right corner of the goal for his 16th of the season.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011020806&navid=sb:recap

Sabres demolish Bruins in 6-0 rout

Maybe Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff should watch every game from the press box.

With their coach nursing three broken ribs and watching the game from well above the ice at the First Niagara Center, Ryan Miller made 36 saves as the Sabres improved to 4-0-1 in their last five games by pummeling the Boston Bruins 6-0 on Wednesday night.

Ruff was forced off the bench after being injured when he was upended from behind by defenseman Jordan Leopold during Monday’s practice. With assistant James Patrick in charge, the Sabres completely dominated their Northeast Division rivals, knocking out starting goaltender Tuukka Rask less than 22 minutes on the way to their best offensive night of the season — they had been held to two goals or fewer in 15 of their last 20 games.

Ruff said after game that he won’t be on the ice for some time — “I can’t yell and I’ve got to be careful that I don’t get hit again” — so he’ll watch practice from bench and games from the press box.

“I’m going to be down and out for a little while,” he said. “But it makes you feel better that the compete (level) was really good.”

The win does go on his coaching record, however.

“James did a great job of taking the bull by the horns. I said, ‘It’s your bench to run.’ … It’s all yours to run,” Ruff said.

Miller’s best save came seven minutes into the game when he robbed David Krejci from in front of the net with his right pad. He also denied Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin in a span of a few seconds early in the third period.

“It was a great effort by our guys,” Miller said. “The system was great, the effort was great. That’s the way we need to play hockey. The battle (level) was there; the attention to detail was there.”

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011020797&navid=sb:recap

This Day In Sabres History:

February 10, 2008 Zednik survives scare, Sabres win 5-3 over the Panthers

On this day 4 years ago one of the scariest moments in First Niagara Center history occurred when Florida Panthers Forwards Richard Zednik got his throat cut by teammate Olli Jokinen’s Skate in the 3rd Period of the Sabres 5-3 win over the Panthers. Zednik was rushed off the ice by Sabres and Panthers trainers and taken to Buffalo General Hospital to have surgery. Zednik would not return for the remainder of the season, but Zednik would play one more season with the Panthers before playing in Europe. There was some doubt that the game would continue, but after a 15 minute delay the game continued play. The since has been seen before by Sabres fans when goaltender Clint Malarchuck suffered the same injury in 1989. The Sabres were ahead 4-3 before the Zednik injury. Buffalo got 2 goals from Derek Roy and single tallies from Thomas Vanek, Jason Pominville, and Patrick Kaleta. Ryan Miller would make 22 saves in the win.

Injury Report:

Dallas: Morrow Neck/Back(IR/Out), Souray Foot(Questionable)

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

Next 5 Games:

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

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)

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