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Sabres Kick Off Huge 5 Game Roadie with stop at MSG

@ 7:00 PM

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.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011020909&navid=sb:recap

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.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011020912&navid=sb:recap

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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