The Sabres didn’t make it easy in their matchup with the Dallas Stars falling down by 2 goals with 14:43 left in the game. However the Sabres were able to rally and beat the Stars 3-2 in a shootout. Dallas jumped out to a 1-0 lead with 2:07 left in the 1st Period when Michael Ryder tipped home an Alex Goligoski on a Power Play Marker. Tomas Vancour 2nd goal of the season 4:17 into the 3rd Period put the Stars up 2-0. Thomas Vanek would start off the comeback tipping home a Jason Pominville shot on the Power Play less than a minute later. Derek Roy would enjoy his best moment of the season so far tying the game with 39 seconds left in regulation. Sabres and Stars would trade Shootout goals in the first 3 rounds, Jason Pominville scored in the first Round and Jamie Benn in the 2nd Round. Nathan Gerbe would score the game clincher in the 5th round on a beautiful back hander. Michael Ryder would miss the net on his attempt and Buffalo walked away with the 2 points. Ryan Miller keeps up his terrific play making 26 Saves on the Night earning the win. Kari Lehotnen was just a sharp in the shootout loss making 30 saves.
Sabres are back in action tomorrow night when they take on Martin St. Louis and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Puck Drop is after 7:00 PM and can be seen on MSG HD and WGRZ HD.
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
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.
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.”
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.
Ryan Miller and The Sabres got a measure of Revenge over the rival Bruins with a 6-0 beatdown. Christan Ehrhoff got the scoring started 6:23 into the First Period when his wrist shot caught Bruin goalteder Rask by surprise. Jason Pominville would score his first of 2 on the night with 5:10 left in the first when he would convert on a beautiful behind the back pass by Ville Leino. Tyler Ennis would then chase Rask out of the net scoring 1:21 into the 2nd Period when his back end rang off the post and then hit Rask and went into the net. Rask who got the loss made only 7 saves on the night.
Patrick Kaleta who played one of his best games of the season put the Sabres up by 4 when Kaleta would catch the reigning Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas by surprise. Jason Pominville 2nd of the night came 1:18 into the 3rd Period when he converted on another Ville Leino backhand pass. Drew Stafford would cap off the scoring when Tyler Ennis pulled Thomas out of the net and found Drew Stafford all alone. Ryan Miller got his 14th victory of the season and 3rd Shutout of the season making 34 saves on the night.
Sabres return to action on Friday Night when James Neal and Dallas Stars visit the First Niagara Center. Game Time is 7:30 and can be seen on MSG HD.
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 14-15-3 2.88 GAA .905 SV% 2 SO
Last Meeting: Nov 23 Bruins Won(SO) 4-3
Season Series: Bruins Lead 2-0-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 112-108-39
All-Time vs. BOS: Sabres Lead 68-41-21
Thomas makes 35 saves in Bruins’ 4-1 win over Caps
Ten days ago, the Boston Bruins had a terrible defensive effort at Verizon Center, yielding five goals to a Washington Capitals team that was short Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green.
The defending Stanley Cup champions were back in the nation’s capital Sunday afternoon, and they looked a lot more like a club that can repeat. Tim Thomas made 35 saves and the Bruins methodically dispatched the Capitals in a 4-1 victory.
“We just weren’t playing our best of late,” Bruins forward Brad Marchand said. “We knew we had to get back on track. We did a lot of good things last game and we wanted to carry it over to today. We knew that when we play our game we’re a pretty good team, but when we don’t, we’re not. We enjoy winning and have a lot of fun when we’re doing it.”
Boston had lost six of its past 10 games, including a 2-1 defeat Saturday afternoon at home against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Washington had a chance to reclaim first place in the Southeast Division, but even with a strong performance from Ovechkin, the Capitals were outclassed by Thomas and the Bruins.
Washington has now lost six of its past nine games, and will face a critical contest Tuesday night in this building against the Florida Panthers, who are one point in front of the Capitals and now have a game in hand.
The Bruins struck twice in the first period, and both goals came shortly after faceoffs in the Bruins’ zone. Milan Lucic put Boston in front at the 10:45 mark after Rich Peverley collected the puck near his own goal line and skated it all the way to the offensive blue line before slipping a pass to Lucic.
It was Lucic’s 19th goal of the season. Peverley, who has played mostly on the third line but is filling in for an injured Nathan Horton, added an empty-net goal in the final minute and now has 36 points in 45 games for the Bruins.
Miller makes history as Sabres rally past Isles, 4-3
One had to wonder if Ryan Miller would indeed enjoy a historic night Saturday after surrendering three goals on nine shots in the first 20 minutes.
But his teammates rallied from a 3-1 deficit before Miller went 2-for-2 in the shootout as the Buffalo Sabres pulled out a 4-3 win against the New York Islanders in front of 14,618 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
With the victory Miller, 31, passed Dominik Hasek and became the winningest goaltender in Sabres history. Miller finished with 35 saves — he stopped all 29 he faced after the opening period — to secure his 235th career victory — all with Buffalo.
“I’m proud of it,” said Miller, a fifth-round draft choice (No. 138) in 1999. “It’s nice. I’m proud of being a Buffalo Sabre. I was really excited coming here as a young player and looking up to Dominik Hasek. I’ve played with some great teams and some great players. I’ve had a coaching staff and a support staff that’s had my back for a number of years. It’s nice, and there’s a source of pride from that.”
Lindy Ruff, who has been Miller’s coach since the latter entered the NHL during the 2002-03 season, was awfully proud to see his goaltender make history Saturday night.
“It was nice to see,” Ruff said. “He’s had a tough run, but he battled back tonight. I thought a couple of goals that we probably don’t like, but I thought for him to battle back and shut them down the rest of the game and shut down the first two shooters in the shootout and win in that fashion … it’s a great game to set the mark with.”
February 8, 2011 Stafford’s Hatter Leads Sabres Comeback Over Bolts
On this Day last year the Sabres were clinging to their playoff hopes like this season. The Sabres played a very important game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, they didn’t get off to the start that they were hoping for. The Sabres found themselves down 3-2 going into the 3rd Period against one of the better defensive teams in the league. Sean Bergenheim scored twice and Vincent Lecavalier gave the Bolts the lead going into the final frame. Drew Stafford and Thomas Vanek had the goals for the Sabres after 2. Vanek’s goal would turn out to be an important goal that turned the tide of the game netting it with 1:50 left giving the Sabres momentum. The Sabres would then go on to score the next 5 goals of the game. Jordan Leopold would tie the game for the Sabres 4:26 into the 3rd Period. The Sabres would then score 4 goals in the 3:13 span chasing Lightning Goalie Dwayne Roloson. Stafford would score twice in that span and Thomas Vanek and Tim Connolly would also marker. Vincent Lecavalier would finish up the scoring late in the 3rd. The win prove to be a huge one for the Sabres in their chase to make the playoffs.
Boston: Savard Post Concussion-Syndrome(IR/Out), Horton Mild Concussion(Out)
Ryan Miller surpass Sabres Great Dominik Hasek for Wins by a Sabres goaltender in the Sabres 4-3 Shootout Win over the New York Islanders. With the Sabres Win Miller got his 235th Career Win in his 432nd Career Game in 59 less games than the Dominator. The Sabres also got 2 important points in the standings. The Sabres got off to a slow start in the first period giving up 3 goals in the opening frame. Frans Nielsen got his 1st of 2 goals in the period just 1:39 in after Mike Weber gave the puck away behind the net. Nathan Gerbe would tie the game less than 4 minutes later when his wrist shot hit Montoya high and would get behind the netminder. Josh Bailey yet again would give the Islanders the lead with 4 minutes left in the first who would capitalize on his own rebound when they were short Handed. Nielsen got his 2nd of the night firing a wrist shot past Miller from the slot with 2:37 left in the Period.
Derek Roy would score his first goal since January 14 to cut the deficit to 1 when his slap shot beat Montoya with 1:19 left in the 2nd Period. Paul Gaustad would score his 2nd Goal in the last 3 games with 8:24 left in the game when his wrist shot beat Montoya on the stick side. The game would remained tied at 3 after OT, eventhough the Islanders had a full 2 minute Power Play in Overtime. Jason Pominville and Brad Boyes remain to be money in the shootout getting the goals for the Sabres and Ryan Miller stopped PA Parenteau and Frans Nielsen to seal the victory. Miller continued his strong play stopping 35 Islanders Shots. Al Montoya got the lost and made 34 Saves.
The Sabres have a busy week at home next week playing 3 times in 4 nights. On Wednesday Ryan Miller will face Milan Lucic and The Boston Bruins for the first time since being injured by Lucic. Wednesday Game can be seen on NBCS HD. You can hear RJ, Harry Neale, and Rob Ray on WGR 550.
NY Islanders: Evgeni Nabokov 11-12-0 2.30 GAA .912 SV% 1 SO
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 13-15-3 2.89 GAA .904 SV% 2 SO
Last Meeting: Jan 14 Islanders Won 4-2
Season Series: Islanders Lead 2-0-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 71-55-22
All-Time at NYI: Islanders Lead 32-31-1
Islanders beat Senators 2-1 in OT
Mark Eaton scored his first goal in 121 games at 2:35 of overtime to give the New York Islanders a 2-1 victory against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place on Friday night.
Eaton, playing in his 600th NHL game, makes his living keeping pucks out of his own net rather than putting them into the opposition’s goal. But he took a pass from fellow defenseman Milan Jurcina in the lower right circle and swept a backhander behind Craig Anderson for his first regular-season goal since Nov. 28, 2009, when he was a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
“He made a great play to me, and I found a way to put it in the net,” Eaton said of Jurcina’s pass, which led to the 34-year-old’s 24th goal in those 600 games.
Matt Martin also scored and PA Parenteau assisted on both goals for the Islanders, while Zack Smith had the lone goal for the Sens.
Anderson made 30 saves for the Senators but lost his fifth in a row. Evgeni Nabokov stopped 23 shots for New York, which has won five of seven.
Friday night’s game was the 1,500th in the Senators’ modern franchise history.
Henrik Lundqvist spoiled the Buffalo Sabres’ homecoming.
The Sabres were playing at First Niagara Center for the first time in 19 days following a marathon seven-game road trip that ended with a 3-1 win at Montreal on Tuesday. But Lundqvist made 34 saves though 65 minutes and four more in the shootout to give the New York Rangers a 1-0 victory on Wednesday night.
Ryan Callahan’s wrister past Ryan Miller in the fifth round of the tiebreaker ended the game after Jason Pominville had kept Buffalo alive by beating Lundqvist to the stick side in the third round — matching the goal scored by New York’s Marian Gaborik on the Rangers’ first attempt.
“A couple times before have tried to deke, and haven’t been too lucky with that,” Callahan said of his past shootout attempts. “I know Miller is pretty quick down low so I tried to fake glove and go blocker, and it went in, thank God.”
Lundqvist made the best stop of the shootout when he robbed Brad Boyes in the second round. Boyes faked left and caught Lundqvist leaning before shifting to his right and trying to stuff the puck into the open side — only to have Lundqvist reach back with his glove and keep the puck out of the net.
The win gives the Rangers 69 points, putting them on top of the overall standings. Western Conference leader Detroit also has 69 points but has played two more games.
“It was draining, but I thought we stayed with it and battled through it,” Callahan said. “This team has been doing it all year like that, and this was a big two points for us — especially to win that way like we did.”
February 4, 1998 Sabres Acquire the Sand Man from Canucks for Brad May
On This Day 14 Years ago the Sabres traded Brad May to the Vancouver Canucks for Geoff Sanderson. Brad May was a fan favorite and played on one of the most popular teams in Sabres Hockey 1996-1997. In 429 games with the Sabres May accumulated 156 Points(67 G, 89 A) and 1,323 Penalty Minutes. The Sabres would get a key part for their playoff runs for the next couple of seasons with Geoff Sanderson. In 3 Seasons Sanderson would get 65 Points(29 G, 36 A). In 38 Playoff Games with the club Sanders would record 16 Points(7 G, 9 A). Sanderson would leave after the 1999-2000 Season and would join the expansion Columbus Blue Jackets in 2000-2001.
NY Islanders: Katic Dislocated Left Shoulder(IR/Out), DiPietro Sports Hernia Surgery(IR/Out), Mottau Concussion(IR/Out), Reasoner Broken Right Hand(IR/Out)
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.
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.
NY Rangers: Kolarik Knee Surgery(IR/Out), Sauer Concussion(IR/Out), Eminger Separated Right Shoulder(IR/Out), Woywitka Foot(IR/Out)