Archive for March 31st, 2012


Sabres Look To Bounce Back Against Rival Maple Leafs

@ 7:00 PM

Last Game:

Toronto: Mar 29 vs. Flyers Loss 7-1

Buffalo: Mar 30 vs. Penguins Loss 5-3


Toronto: 33-36-9

Buffalo: 38-30-10


Toronto: 75

Buffalo: 86

Rank In Conference:

Toronto: 14th

Buffalo: 9th

Power Play Ranking:

Toronto: 18.7(8th)

Buffalo: 16.6(18th)

Penalty Kill Ranking:

Toronto: 77.5(29th)

Buffalo: 81.9(17th)

Goals For:

Toronto: 214(10th)

Buffalo: 198(T-18th)

Goals Against:

Toronto: 244(28th)

Buffalo: 209(19th)

Shots For:

Toronto: 2206(21st)

Buffalo: 2266(18th)

Shots Against:

Toronto: 2387(T-20th)

Buffalo: 2442(28th)

Blocked Shots:

Toronto: 1168(10th)

Buffalo: 1015(21st)


Toronto: 2105(4th)

Buffalo: 1434(30th)

Faceoff Percentage:

Toronto: 52.0(4th)

Buffalo: 49.4(19th)

Team Leaders:


Toronto: Kessel(37), Lupul(25), Grabovski(23), MacArthur(19)

Buffalo: Pominville(29), Vanek(26), Hodgson and Stafford(19), Roy(15)


Toronto: Lupul(42), Kessel(41), Phaneuf(32), Grabovski and Connolly(27)

Buffalo: Pominville(40), Vanek(31), Stafford(28), Ehrhoff(27)


Toronto: Kessel(77), Lupul(67), Grabovski(50), Bozak(43)

Buffalo: Pominville(69), Vanek(57), Stafford(47), Roy(41)


Toronto: Kadri and Kulemin(+2), Orr, Crabb, Lupul, and Colborne(+1), MacArthur(EV), Hamilton(-1)

Buffalo: Ennis(+13), Sulzer, Foligno, and Sekera(+8), Stafford(+7), Myers(+5)

Penalty Minutes:

Toronto: Phaneuf(88), Brown(72), L. Schenn(62), Rosehill(53)

Buffalo: Kaleta(116), Weber(58), McCormick(56), Roy(54)


Toronto: Kessel(268), Phaneuf(193), Lupul(191), Grabovski(160)

Buffalo: Pominville(223), Stafford(216), Vanek(198), Roy(166)

Blocked Shots:

Toronto: Gunnarsson(150), Phaneuf(122), L. Schenn(108), Liles(105)

Buffalo: Leopold(122), Regehr(100), Sekera(90), Ehrhoff(82)


Toronto: L. Schenn(257), Phaneuf(207), Steckel(167), Gunnarsson(111)

Buffalo: Regehr(163), Kaleta(136), Weber(118), Stafford(101)

Face-Off Wins:

Toronto: Steckel(628), Bozak(594), Grabovski(451), Connolly(370)

Buffalo: Roy(632), Hodgson(298), Pominville(177), Hecht(136)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:

Toronto: Jussi Rynnas 0-1-0 4.24 GAA .825 SV%

Buffalo:  Ryan Miller 30-19-7 2.48 GAA .916 SV% 6 SO


Last Meeting: Jan 13 Sabres Won 3-2

Season Series: Tied 2-2-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 101-59-22

All-Time at TOR: Sabres Lead 41-34-15

Flyers shred Maple Leafs 7-1

Everything continues to go wrong for the Toronto Maple Leafs at home.

The Leafs lost starting goaltender Jonas Gustavsson with an injury before the game even started, then saw rookie Jussi Rynnas’ first NHL start turn into a club-record 11th straight home loss when they were steamrolled 7-1 by the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.

With the victory, the fifth-place Flyers pulled within two points of the fourth-place Pittsburgh Penguins, a 5-3 loser to the New York Islanders, in the race for the last home-ice advantage in the opening round. The Flyers visit Pittsburgh on Sunday and again on April 7.

“For us it was trying to get to him early and not let him get comfortable… we wanted to put some pressure and hopefully work it our way,” said forward Danny Briere, who had a career-high four assists. “This is a big game for us, we saw Pittsburgh lose, [we’re] inching a little closer to them.”

Toronto hasn’t won at Air Canada Centre since beating Edmonton 6-3 on Feb. 6 and has just two more games at home this season.

Toronto’s problems began even before the opening faceoff. Gustavsson was injured during the warmups when he took a shot on the inside of the left leg and had to go to the dressing room. Rynnas, an emergency call-up because of James Reimer’s upper-body injury, found himself making a surprise start.

“Almost right away when I saw Monster get the shot, so I was pretty sure I was going into the game,” Rynnas said of finding out he’d be making his first NHL start. “I was ready to play so it didn’t matter when it happened.”

Needless to say, allowing seven goals on 30 shots wasn’t what he had in mind in his first start

“You never want to give up seven goals, I am not happy about that,” he said. Asked about his own team generating just 17 shots and one goal, he responded that, “My job is just to play, so it doesn’t matter what we do at the other end.”

Gustavsson returned to the bench at the start of the second period after getting treatment in dressing room throughout the first 20 minutes.

“I pushed, turned my leg and kind of opened up and (the puck) hit me between the pads — in the bone,” Gustavsson said of the injury, which occurred when he stopped a shot by Clarke MacArthur. “Once in a while you get hit with pucks that hurt but you can shake it off, it takes a minute and you are good to go again, but this was a little bit more than that.”

Crosby leads Penguins to 5-3 win in Buffalo

Unfortunately for the Buffalo Sabres, the real Sidney Crosby showed up Friday night.

After being held off the scoresheet as Pittsburgh was swept in a home-and-home series by the Islanders this week, Crosby had a goal and three assists as the Penguins beat Buffalo 5-3, knocking the Sabres out of eighth place in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

“They were a desperate team and we had to make sure we were playing desperate as well,” Crosby said of the Sabres. “I thought we did a really good job of that.”

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma agreed that the Penguins played with the kind of urgency they lacked in the back-to-back losses against the Islanders.

“I thought right from the start, we knew we were in for a game,” he said. “Buffalo played extremely hard. … The speed of the game really had a playoff-type of feel out in the building. I thought our team responded really well to that. They played really hard.

“It was the best game we had on the forecheck and in the offensive zone. We really had a physical impact on the game. Our power play comes up with two big goals. It was a really good game for us in a tough building, with tough bounces and in tough situations. A hard-fought game.”

Crosby scored late in the first period to give the Penguins a 2-1 lead and set up goals by Evgeni Malkin, James Neal and Steve Sullivan for his best performance since returning on March 15 after missing more than three months with concussion symptoms. Neal’s power-play goal at 11:43 of the second period broke a 2-2 tie and Sullivan’s tally at 15:06 proved to be the winner.

“He makes good plays and his linemates worked well with him,” Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller said of Crosby, who also took a puck in the face Thursday night on Long Island and missed a chunk of the second period. “They’re a good skating team, and they have two really good lines. Tonight he made some good plays.”

This Day In Sabres History:

Injury Report:

Toronto: Lupul Seperated Shoulder(IR/Out), Kulemin Broken Finger(Out), Reimer Upper Body(Out), Gustavsson Lower Body(Questionable), Steckel Lower Body(Questionable)

Buffalo: Hecht Concussion(IR/Out), Ellis Knee(Out), Kaleta Upper Body(Questionable), Gerbe Upper Body(Questionable)

Next 5 Games:

Apr 3 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Apr 5 at Philadelphia Flyers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Apr 7 at Boston Bruins 3:00 PM(NBC HD)

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