Archive for March 2nd, 2012

Sabres Look To Keep Up Hot Ways Versus The Best Team in The NHL

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Last Game:

Vancouver: Mar 1 vs. Blues Win 2-0

Buffalo: Mar 1 at Sharks Win 1-0

Record:

Vancouver: 41-16-8

Buffalo: 29-27-8

Points:

Vancouver: 90

Buffalo: 66

Rank In Conference:

Vancouver: 1st

Buffalo: 11th

Power Play Ranking:

Vancouver: 21.4(3rd)

Buffalo: 15.9(22nd)

Penalty Kill Ranking:

Vancouver: 86.7(5th)

Buffalo: 80.9(20th)

Goals For:

Vancouver: 199(3rd)

Buffalo: 151(26th)

Goals Against:

Vancouver: 149(T-5th)

Buffalo: 176(19th)

Shots For:

Vancouver: 2011(8th)

Buffalo: 1837(20th)

Shots Against:

Vancouver: 1986(25th)

Buffalo: 2009(27th)

Blocked Shots:

Vancouver: 779(27th)

Buffalo: 816(23rd)

Hits:

Vancouver: 1428(18th)

Buffalo: 1151(30th)

Faceoff Percentage:

Vancouver: 52.1(4th)

Buffalo: 49.6(19th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Vancouver: D. Sedin(28), Burrows(23), Kesler(19), Hansen(14)

Buffalo: Pominville(23), Vanek(22), Hodgson(16), Roy(14)

Assists:

Vancouver: H. Sedin(53), D. Sedin(36), Edler(33), Bieksa(28)

Buffalo: Pominville(36), Vanek(25), Roy and Ehrhoff(22), Stafford(19)

Points:

Vancouver: H. Sedin(66), D. Sedin(64), Burrows and Kesler(43), Edler(41)

Buffalo: Pominville(59), Vanek(47), Roy(36), Hodgson(33)

Plus/Minus:

Vancouver: H. Sedin and Burrows(+22), Hamhuis(+21), D. Sedin(+20), Kesler(+17)

Buffalo: Hodgson(+10), Ennis(+5), Gerbe(+2), Hecht and Sekera(+1)

Penalty Minutes:

Vancouver: LaPierre(120), Bieksa(75), Weise(64), Burrows(58)

Buffalo: Kaleta(106), Weber(53), McCormick(49), Vanek(48), Roy(44)

Shots:

Vancouver: D. Sedin(207), Edler(179), Kesler(163), Burrows(150)

Buffalo: Pominville(176), Stafford(168), Vanek(164), Roy(135)

Blocked Shots:

Vancouver: Edler(98), Bieksa(90), Hamhuis(66), Ballard(63)

Buffalo: Leopold(90), Regehr(87), Sekera(77), Ehrhoff and Weber(68)

Hits:

Vancouver: LaPierre(188), Bieksa(128), Edler(127), Pahlsson(102)

Buffalo: Regehr(141), Kaleta(107), Gaustad(98), Weber(88)

Face-Off Wins:

Vancouver: Kesler(568), H. Sedin(530), Malhotra(460), Pahlsson(434)

Buffalo: Roy(504), Hodgson(190), Pominville(166), Hecht(136)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:

Vancouver: Roberto Luongo 27-11-7 2.29 GAA .922 SV% 3 SO

Buffalo:  Ryan Miller 21-17-5 2.58 GAA .915 SV% 5 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: Nov 15, 2010 Sabres Won(OT) 4-3

Season Series: Sabres Won 1-0-0

All-Time: Tied 45-45-19

All-Time at VAN: Canucks 27-16-11

Canucks top Blues 2-0 in battle for first place

The Vancouver Canucks took a page out of the St. Louis’ playbook Thursday night to stay ahead atop the NHL’s overall standings.

In a tight-checking game with few good chances but lots of playoff-like intensity, Vancouver kept a tired Blues team to the outside all night, then turned things up at the other end in the third period, with Alexandre Burrows scoring the winning goal 4:17 in, and Chris Higgins adding an empty-netter with 38.1 seconds left. Roberto Luongo made 29 saves for his 58th career shutout as the Canucks became the first team to 90 points this season with a 2-0 victory at Rogers Arena.

After a near-perfect game for a stingy Blues team playing on back-to-back nights and for the fourth time in six days on the road, it came down to a tired mistake and a lucky bounce. The Canucks took advantage of both on the winner.

Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa whiffed on a shot from the left point, but the puck bounced straight to Dan Hamhuis at the other side. His shot went wide, but kicked hard off the end boards to Burrows at the side of the net — and his sharp-angle backhand hit Brian Elliott in the shoulder and fluttered into the net.

“With his skill set, he’s probably doing that on purpose,” Burrows with a grin of the wide Hamhuis shot he turned into the winning goal. “Both teams were playing well defensively, and we were able to get the bounce going our way in the third and score. We stayed patient and we got a break and got the win.”

It snapped a two-game skid – though both losses were in extra time – as the Canucks improved to 13-1-5 in their 19 games and moved three points ahead of St. Louis and Detroit in the West and went two up on the New York Rangers atop the NHL.

“These guys are right behind us, so it was a big game,” said Luongo, who has three shutouts this season. “We wanted to create a little separation there and we were able to do that tonight. But obviously there’s lots of hockey to be played.”

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011020957&navid=sb:recap

Miller does it again as Sabres blank Sharks 1-0

Another night, another shutout for Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller.

Just 24 hours after making 43 saves in a 2-0 victory at Anaheim, Miller stopped another 39 shots on Thursday night, leading the surging Sabres to a 1-0 win over the slumping San Jose Sharks.

Drew Stafford scored the game’s only goal late in the first period, and Miller did the rest, as he continued to show his Vezina Trophy form of two seasons ago.

“It’s an important time of year for us. I’m happy to be there with the guys,” said Miller, who had shutouts on consecutive nights for the first time in his career. “They’re battling hard right there. Just a night where I can minimize mistakes and get some help around me. It’s fun to get shutouts, but in a 1-0 game when we really need the points it should mean a lot to the whole team.”

The Sabres beat San Jose for the fourth straight time and jumped two spots in the Eastern Conference playoff race, passing Tampa Bay and Toronto to grab 10th place with 66 points; they trail eighth-place Winnipeg by four points and have two games in hand. Buffalo is 5-0-2 in its last seven games.

Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi, coming off a 1-0 shutout Tuesday night of Philadelphia, stopped 18 of 19 shots, but against Miller, that wasn’t good enough.

“Miller is a world-class goalie, and whatever he sees he usually stops, and I don’t think we had enough traffic in front of him tonight,” Sharks captain Joe Thornton said.

Stafford’s goal late in the first period gave the Sabres a 1-0 lead, and that’s the way the game stood entering the final 20 minutes.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011020958&navid=sb:recap

This Day In Sabres History:

March 3, 1975 Sabres get Desjardins from Islanders

On this day 37 years ago the Sabres acquired a big piece for a Stanley Cup Run when they land Islanders goalie Gerry Desjardins. The Sabres sent Garry Lariviere to the Islanders for the struggling goalie. Desjardins was having a horrible year on the island posting a 9-17-6 record with a 3.12 GAA. After Desjardins was trade to the Sabres in his 9 games he went 6-2-1 with a 2.78 GAA and .905 SV%. Desjardins would then get the starting nod in the playoffs appearing in 15 playoff games 7-5-0 with a 3.39 GAA. Desjardins would only play 3 more season with the Sabres when he suffered a career ending eye injury in 1977-1978 season. In his 3 plus season with the Sabres Desjardins played 116 games with the Sabres posting a 66-30-18 record.

Injury Report:

Vancouver: Pinizzotto Shoulder Surgery(IR/Out), Volpatti Shoulder Surgery(IR/Out), Ebbett Collarbone Surgery(IR/Out), Ballard Concussion(IR/Out)

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

Next 5 Games:

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)

Mar 10 at Ottawa Senators 7:00 PM(MSG HD and CBC HD)

Mar 12 vs. Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM(MSG HD and TSN HD)

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