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Sabres Start Important Road Trip With Visit To The Panthers

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Last Game:

Florida: Mar 15 vs. Bruins Win 6-2

Buffalo: Mar 14 vs. Avalanche Loss(SO) 5-4

Record:

Florida: 34-23-13

Buffalo: 33-29-9

Points:

Florida: 81

Buffalo: 75

Rank In Conference:

Florida: 3rd

Buffalo: 10th

Power Play Ranking:

Florida: 18.9(10th)

Buffalo: 15.5(24th)

Penalty Kill Ranking:

Florida: 79.7(24th)

Buffalo: 81.9(T-16th)

Goals For:

Florida: 173(25th)

Buffalo: 171(26th)

Goals Against:

Florida: 187(14th)

Buffalo: 196(22nd)

Shots For:

Florida: 2097(13th)

Buffalo: 2049(19th)

Shots Against:

Florida: 2142(20th)

Buffalo: 2233(28th)

Blocked Shots:

Florida: 903(24th)

Buffalo: 917(21st)

Hits:

Florida: 1597(16th)

Buffalo: 1297(29th)

Faceoff Percentage:

Florida: 50.6(12th)

Buffalo: 49.2(20th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Florida: Fleischmann and Versteeg(22), Weiss(17), Bergenheim(16), Garrison(15)

Buffalo: Pominville(25), Vanek(23), Hodgson(16), Roy and Stafford(14)

Assists:

Florida: B. Campbell(43), Weiss(33), Fleischmann(29), Versteeg(27)

Buffalo: Pominville(38), Vanek(27), Ehrhoff(25), Roy and Stafford(24)

Points:

Florida: Fleischmann(51), Weiss(50), Versteeg(49), B. Campbell(47)

Buffalo: Pominville(63), Vanek(50), Roy and Stafford(38), Hodgson(33)

Plus/Minus:

Florida: Garrison(+10), Weiss(+7), Goc(+5), Versteeg, Weaver, and M. Cullen(+2)

Buffalo: Sulzer(+8), Ennis(+7), Hodgson(+4), Gerbe and Foligno(+3)

Penalty Minutes:

Florida: Barch(112), Gudbranson(69), Weiss(54) Bergenheim(44)

Buffalo: Kaleta(114), Weber(53), Roy(50), McCormick(49)

Shots:

Florida: Fleischmann(189), Versteeg(152), Bergenheim(151), Garrison(144)

Buffalo: Pominville(192), Stafford(187), Vanek(183), Roy(148)

Blocked Shots:

Florida: Weaver(121), Garrison(109), Campbell(98), Ellerby(98)

Buffalo: Leopold(104), Regehr(91), Sekera(79), Weber(77)

Hits:

Florida: Bradley(134), Gudbranson(120), Smithson(117), Garrison(111)

Buffalo: Regehr(155), Kaleta(124), Weber(110), Stafford(88)

Face-Off Wins:

Florida: Weiss(663), Goc(406), Smithson(338), Matthias(256)

Buffalo: Roy(565), Hodgson(232), Pominville(170), Hecht(136)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:

Florida: Jose Theodore 21-13-7 2.40 GAA .920 SV% 3 SO

Buffalo:  Ryan Miller 24-18-5 2.59 GAA .915 SV% 5 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: Dec 9 Sabres Won(OT) 2-1

Season Series: Sabres Lead 2-1-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 42-25-4

All-Time at FLA: Sabres Lead 18-15-1

Panthers rout reeling Bruins 6-2

There were no easy answers after Thursday night’s game at the BankAtlantic Center.

In one dressing room, center Stephen Weiss couldn’t really say why the Florida Panthers suddenly have become dynamic on offense. In the other, the Boston Bruins were at a loss to explain their dismal showing of late.

Weiss was one of six players to score for Florida as the Panthers routed the Bruins 6-2.

With the victory, Florida moved within two points of the Bruins for the second seed position in the Eastern Conference standings. The Panthers also extended their lead over idle Washington in the Southeast Division to three points; each team has 12 games remaining.

“It’s realistic now that we can catch some teams,” Weiss said. “We’ve got to stop looking behind and start looking forward and push ourselves that way. It makes it easier, too, when you’re looking ahead instead of always looking back to who’s chasing you.”

Weiss, Marcel Goc and Mikael Samuelsson each had a goal and an assist for the  Panthers, who beat the Bruins at home for the first time in six games over the last three seasons. John Madden, Tomas Kopecky and Wojtek Wolski had the other Florida goals and defenseman Brian Campbell had three assists.

It was the first time in 43 games since Dec. 5 that the Panthers scored at least five goals against a team other than Toronto. The Panthers had five goals in each of their three games against the Maple Leafs since that Dec. 5 game against Washington, including a 5-2 victory on Tuesday.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011021057&navid=sb:recap

Avs rally in final seconds, top Sabres in shootout

Semyon Varlamov may not like the shootout, but the two seem to be getting along just fine.

The Colorado Avalanche goaltender stopped all Buffalo three chances and improved to 8-0 in the shootout this season in a 5-4 victory against the Sabres at the First Niagara Center on Wednesday night.

Varlamov, who was acquired from Washington last summer, has stopped 22 of 24 attempts this season.

“I jumped in the air like we won the Stanley Cup,” Varlamov said. “It was huge. We never gave up.”

Peter Mueller scored the deciding goal in the second round of the shootout for the Avs, who have now won three in a row and reached the 80-point plateau. Mueller ripped a quick wrist shot just under the glove of Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, who stopped 38 of 42 shots through regulation and overtime.

“This is the biggest win of the year,” Mueller said. “To go from zero points to getting two with seconds left, you don’t make that stuff up. It just shows the character of this team in that we never quit.”

Newcomer Jamie McGinn continued his torrid scoring pace with a pair of goals, including a game-tying tally with just 2.0 seconds left in regulation. David Jones and Gabriel Landeskog also scored for Colorado, while Paul Stastny had a pair of assists and Varlamov made 20 saves.

Marcus Foligno scored twice, Drew Stafford added a goal and two assists, Alexander Sulzer scored and Ennis had three assists for the Sabres, who now trail eighth-place Washington by three points in the Eastern Conference.

“Frustrating,” coach Lindy Ruff said of the lost point. “You play with fire, you’ll get burned. We should have had a D in front of the net, and one of the defensemen were behind the net.”

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011021046&navid=sb:recap

This Day In Sabres History:

March 17, 1991 Sabres Snap 12 Game Winless Streak at home with 6-1 win over Whalers

On this Day 21 years ago the Sabres broke a long streak of Futility with a 6-1 win over the Hartford Whalers. The Sabres were on streak of 12 straight games without a win on Home Ice. Darrin Shannon scored twice and the Sabres also got goals from Dave Andreychuk, Dale Hawerchuk, Grant Ledyard, and Ken Sutton. Hawerchuk finished the night with 5 points(1 G, 4 A). Darcy Wakaluk got the Win stopping 21 Whalers shots. The Sabres last home win before this night came January 22nd vs Boston Bruins which was a 6-4 victory. The Sabres would make the playoffs later in the season getting knocked out by the Montreal Canadiens in 6 Games.

Injury Report:

Florida: Kulikov Knee Surgery(IR/Out), Upshall Sports Hernia Surgery(IR/Out), Bradley Upper Body(IR/Out), Versteeg Lower Body(Out), Skille Shoulder(Out)

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

Next 5 Games:

Mar 19 at Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

Mar 21 vs. Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Mar 23 at New York Rangers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Mar 24 vs. Minnesota Wild 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Mar 27 at Washington Capitals 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

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It’s East versus West tonight as Colorado and Buffalo fight for the playoffs

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Last Game:
Colorado: Mar 12 vs. Ducks-Avalanche Won 3-2(OT)

Buffalo: Mar 12 vs. Canadiens-Sabres Won 3-2(OT)

Record:
Colorado: 37-30-4
Buffalo: 33-29-8

Points:
Colorado: 78
Buffalo: 74

Rank In Conference:
Colorado: 11th
Buffalo: 9th

Power Play Ranking:
Colorado: 18.3(12th)
Buffalo: 15.6(24th)

Penalty Kill Ranking:
Colorado: 82.2(14th)
Buffalo: 82.0(15th)

Goals For:
Colorado: 180(19th)
Buffalo: 167(T-25th)

Goals Against:
Colorado: 188(T-16th)
Buffalo: 192(T-20th)

Shots For:
Colorado: 2198(7th)
Buffalo: 2025(19th)

Shots Against:
Colorado: 2084(15th)
Buffalo: 2191(27th)

Blocked Shots:
Colorado: 941(18th)
Buffalo: 901(T-21st)

Hits:
Colorado: 1628(13th)
Buffalo: 1274(30th)

Faceoff Percentage:
Colorado: 52.2(3rd)
Buffalo: 49.1(20th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

Colorado: Landeskog(19), O’Reilly, Stastny, McGinn(17), Jones(16), Downie(14)
Buffalo: Pominville(25), Vanek(23), Hodgson(16), Roy(14), Stafford(13)

Assists:
Colorado: O’Reilly(34), Stastny(27), Landeskog and Downie(25), Hejduk(22)
Buffalo: Pominville(38), Vanek(27), Ehrhoff(25), Roy(24), Stafford(22)

Points:
Colorado: O’Reilly(51), Landeskog and Stastny(44), Downie(39), Hejduk(35)
Buffalo: Pominville(63), Vanek(50), Roy(38), Stafford(35), Hodgson(33)

Plus/Minus:
Colorado: Landeskog(+20), Wilson(+13), Van Der Gulik, McGin, Olver(+3)
Buffalo: Sulzer(+8), Hodgson(+6), Ennis(+4), Gerbe(+3)

Penalty Minutes:
Colorado: McLeod(150), Downie(129), O’Brien(93), Kobasew and O’Byrne(47)
Buffalo: Kaleta(110), Weber(53), Roy(50), McCormick(49), Vanek(48)

Shots:
Colorado: Landeskog(235), Stastny(163), O’Reilly and Hejduk(153), Johnson(135)
Buffalo: Pominville(191), Stafford(186), Vanek(181), Roy(146), Gerbe(132)

Blocked Shots:
Colorado: O’Byrne(118), Hejda(111), Johnson(84), O’Brien(73), Wilson(60)
Buffalo: Leopold(101), Regehr(91), Sekera(79), Weber(75), Ehrhoff(72)

Hits:
Colorado: Landeskog(190), O’Byrne(158), McGinn(146), O’Brien(127), Hejda(123)
Buffalo: Regehr(151), Kaleta(120), Weber(106), Stafford(88), Myers(73)

Face-Off Wins:
Colorado: Stastny(681), O’Reilly(669), McClement(394), Duchene(158)
Buffalo: Roy(552), Hodgson(224), Pominville(168), Hecht(136)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:
Colorado: Semyon Varlamov 22-20-2 2.62 GAA .911 SV% 4 SO
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 25-18-5 2.57 GAA .915 SV% 5 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: Jan 4, 2011 @ Colorado-Sabres Lost 4-3(OT)

Season Series: Tied 0-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 61-56-23
All-Time @ BUF: Sabres Lead 38-21-10

Injury Report:
Colorado: Duchene Sprained Ankle(Out), Kobasew Back(Questionable)
Buffalo: Hecht Concussion(IR/Out), McCormick Upper Body(Questionable), Sekera Pneumonia(Doubtful), Ellis Knee(Out), Myers Suspension(Out)

Next 5 Games:
Mar 17 at Florida Panthers 7:30 PM(MSG HD)
Mar 19 at Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30 PM(MSG HD)
Mar 21 vs. Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Mar 23 at New York Rangers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Mar 24 vs. Minnesota Wild 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

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Sabres Return Home To Take on Division Rival Canadiens

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Last Game:

Montreal: Mar 10 at Canucks Win 4-1

Buffalo: Mar 10 at Senators Win(SO) 4-3

Record:

Montreal: 27-30-10

Buffalo: 32-29-8

Points:

Montreal: 64

Buffalo: 72

Rank In Conference:

Montreal: 15th

Buffalo: 10th

Power Play Ranking:

Montreal: 15.4(26th)

Buffalo: 15.8(T-24th)

Penalty Kill Ranking:

Montreal: 89.2(3rd)

Buffalo: 81.9(T-15th)

Goals For:

Montreal: 179(T-15th)

Buffalo: 164(25th)

Goals Against:

Montreal: 185(16th)

Buffalo: 190(T-20th)

Shots For:

Montreal: 1979(20th)

Buffalo: 1989(19th)

Shots Against:

Montreal: 2012(10th)

Buffalo: 2163(27th)

Blocked Shots:

Montreal: 1118(3rd)

Buffalo: 888(23rd)

Hits:

Montreal: 1550(16th)

Buffalo: 1255(28th)

Faceoff Percentage:

Montreal: 48.4(24th)

Buffalo: 49.2(20th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Montreal: Pacioretty(30), Cole(25), Bourque(17), Eller(15)

Buffalo: Pominville(25), Vanek(23), Hodgson(16), Roy(14)

Assists:

Montreal: Desharnais(38), Plekanec(32), Kaberle(28), Pacioretty(26)

Buffalo: Pominville(37), Vanek(27), Ehrhoff(25), Roy(23)

Points:

Montreal: Pacioretty(56), Desharnais(52), Cole(49), Plekanec(45)

Buffalo: Pominville(62), Vanek(50), Roy(37), Hodgson and Stafford(33)

Plus/Minus:

Montreal: Cole and Desharnais(+9), Gorges(+8), St-Denis, Subban, and LeBlanc(+1), Pacioretty, A. Markov, and Geoffrion(EV)

Buffalo: Sulzer(+9), Hodgson(+7), Gerbe(+3), Ennis(+2)

Penalty Minutes:

Montreal: B. Staubitz(102), Subban(84), Bourque(56), Pacioretty(50)

Buffalo: Kaleta(110), Weber(53), McCormick(49), Vanek and Roy(48)

Shots:

Montreal: Pacioretty(237), Cole(199), Plekanec(186), Subban(176)

Buffalo: Pominville(188), Stafford(181), Vanek(176), Roy(142)

Blocked Shots:

Montreal: Gorges(196), Diaz(102), Subban(94), Emelin(78)

Buffalo: Leopold(101), Regehr(90), Sekera(79), Weber and Ehrhoff(72)

Hits:

Montreal: Emelin(211), Cole(165), Gorges(112), Subban(93)

Buffalo: Regehr(151), Kaleta(116), Weber(106), Stafford(85)

Face-Off Wins:

Montreal: Plekanec(697), Desharnais(553), Eller(275), Gomez(157)

Buffalo: Roy(541), Hodgson(220), Pominville(168), Hecht(136)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:

Montreal: Carey Price 24-26-9 2.45 GAA .915 SV% 4 SO

Buffalo:  Ryan Miller 24-18-5 2.59 GAA .915 SV% 5 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: Feb 17 Canadiens Won(SO) 4-3

Season Series: Sabres Lead 3-0-1

All-Time: Sabres Lead 114-100-37

All-Time vs. MTL: Sabres Lead 66-34-24

Canadiens whip slumping Canucks 4-1

The Montreal Canadiens haven’t had much to celebrate this season, but they found plenty of positive storylines during a 4-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Saturday night.

Erik Cole scored twice, including the go-ahead goal 13 seconds into the third period, despite being without injured top-line center David Desharnais.

Carey Price stopped all 15 shots in the first period and 32 overall while playing in front of a large contingent of family and friends in his home province.

Blake Geoffrion, a fourth-generation Canadien, scored his first goal for a team his grandfather and great grandfather starred for during Hall of Fame careers.

No storyline was bigger, however, than the return of Montreal’s top defenseman Andrei Markov after missing almost 16 months with a serious knee injury. And that was before the game. It only got better when the veteran Russian slid the puck across to P.K. Subban for a key 5-on-3 goal 5:20 into the third period.

“It was a big boost to the morale,” said a beaming Price. “He’s a first-class player and he moves the puck so well. When we’re breaking the puck out, he just has the confidence with it and it makes a big difference. He’s pretty irreplaceable.”

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011021024&navid=sb:recap

Sabres top Senators 4-3 in shootout

Just as they’ve been doing in the race for a playoff berth, the Buffalo Sabres spent Saturday night playing catch-up.

Happily for the Sabres’ playoff hopes, they caught — and passed — the Ottawa Senators.

Tyler Ennis scored in regulation and got the winner in the shootout as the Sabres gave their playoff chances a boost with a 4-3 victory at Scotiabank Place.

“I think it shows a lot of character from our team that we were able to battle back,” Ennis said. “Now we just gotta move forward.”

After Ottawa’s Daniel Alfredsson scored in the first half of the third round to tie the shootout, Ennis came in on Ben Bishop, deked once and snapped a forehand past him to give the Sabres a victory after they overcame three one-goal deficits to get the game past 60 minutes.

The win gave the Sabres 72 points, the same as ninth-place Winnipeg — both teams trail eighth-place Washington by two points, though the Caps have a game in hand on both teams.

The single point gave the seventh-place Senators 81, two behind sixth-place New Jersey.

“We’ll take what we can get tonight,” coach Paul MacLean said. “We worked real hard; we got a point. We’ll move on.”

Nathan Gerbe and Marcus Foligno also had goals for Buffalo, while Erik Karlsson scored twice and Erik Condra once for the Senators, who led three times but couldn’t put away the visitors.

“We played well in the third,” Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. “We had a little trouble in the second, but we came back to our game and capitalized on our opportunities. I like what the lines did. I thought Ville (Leino) had a heck of a game up there with (Cody) Hodgson and (Jason) Pominville.”

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011021017&navid=sb:recap

This Day In Sabres History:

March 12, 2006 Vanek Scores Twice in Sabres 6-2 Beatdown of Rival Bruins

On This Day 6 years ago Thomas Vanek scored twice to lead the Sabres to a 6-2 victory over the Boston Bruins. Sabres also got goals from Derek Roy, Maxim Afinogenov, Ales Kotalik, and Tim Connolly. Bruins got tallies from Andrew Alberts and current Sabres Brad Boyes. Martin Biron made 37 Saves on the night.

Injury Report:

Montreal: Gionta Right Biceps Injury(IR/Out), Blunden Knee Surgery(IR/Out), Moen Upper Body(IR/Out), Darche Dizziness/Upper Body(IR/Out), Diaz Lower Body(IR/Out), Desharnais Lower Body(Questionable)

Buffalo: Hecht Concussion(IR/Out), Vanek Upper Body(Doubtful), Kaleta Neck(Questionable), McCormick Upper Body(Questionable), Sekera Flu(Questionable)

Next 5 Games:

Mar 14 vs. Colorado Avalanche 7:30 PM(NBCS HD)

Mar 17 at Florida Panthers 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

Mar 19 at Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

Mar 21 vs. Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Mar 23 at New York Rangers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Sabres head to Ottawa to try and gain ground in the race for 8th

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Last Game:
Ottawa: Mar 8 vs. Rangers-Senators Won 4-1

Buffalo: Mar 8 @ Bruins-Sabres Lost 3-1

Record:
Ottawa: 36-25-8
Buffalo: 31-29-8

Points:
Ottawa: 80
Buffalo: 70

Rank In Conference:
Ottawa: 7th
Buffalo: 10th

Power Play Ranking:
Ottawa: 19.9(6th)
Buffalo: 16.0(T-23rd)

Penalty Kill Ranking:
Ottawa: 81.7(T-17th)
Buffalo: 81.8(16th)

Goals For:
Ottawa: 208(T-3rd)
Buffalo: 161(T-24th)

Goals Against:
Ottawa: 200(T-26th)
Buffalo: 187(T-20th)

Shots For:
Ottawa: 2125(8th)
Buffalo: 1948(19th)

Shots Against:
Ottawa: 2212(30th)
Buffalo: 2127(27th)

Blocked Shots:
Ottawa: 927(17th)
Buffalo: 875(21st)

Hits:
Ottawa: 1640(8th)
Buffalo: 1223(30th)

Faceoff Percentage:
Ottawa: 50.2(T-14th)
Buffalo: 49.1(21st)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

Ottawa: Michalek(32), Spezza(29), Alfredsson(22), Karlsson(16), Foligno and Smith(14)
Buffalo: Pominville(25), Vanek(23), Hodgson(16), Roy(14)

Assists:
Ottawa: Karlsson(51), Spezza(44), Gonchar(30), Alfredsson(27), Foligno(26)
Buffalo: Pominville(37), Vanek(27), Ehrhoff(24), Roy(22)

Points:
Ottawa: Spezza(73), Karlsson(67), Michalek(51), Alfredsson(49), Foligno(40)
Buffalo: Pominville(62), Vanek(50), Roy(36), Hodgson and Stafford(33)

Plus/Minus:
Ottawa: Kuba(+21), Karlsson(+14), Alfredsson(+10), Turris, Spezza, Condra(+9)
Buffalo: Hodgson(+8), Sulzer(+7), Gerbe(+3), Hecht, Myers, Ennis(+1)

Penalty Minutes:
Ottawa: Konopka(172), Neil(114), Foligno(91), Smith(84), Gonchar(42)
Buffalo: Kaleta(110), Weber(53), McCormick(49), Vanek and Roy(48)

Shots:
Ottawa: Karlsson(218), Spezza(197), Michalek(185), Alfredsson(155)
Buffalo: Pominville(184), Vanek and Stafford(176), Roy(140)

Blocked Shots:
Ottawa: Kuba(126), Phillips(119), Gonchar(88), Cowen(71), Gilroy(63)
Buffalo: Leopold(99), Regehr(70), Sekera(79), Weber and Ehrhoff(71)

Hits:
Ottawa: Neil(228), Cowen(180), Foligno(167), Greening(156)
Buffalo: Regehr(149), Kaleta(112), Weber(100), Stafford(85)

Face-Off Wins:
Ottawa: Spezza(786), Smith(414), Turris(256), Konopka(221), Winchester(107)
Buffalo: Roy(530), Hodgson(211), Pominville(167), Hecht(136)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:
Ottawa: Ben Bishop 2-0-0 2.00 GAA .926 SV% 0 SO
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 23-18-5 2.58 GAA .915 SV% 5 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: Dec 31 @ Buffalo-Sabres Lost 3-2(SO)

Season Series: Senators Lead 3-1-1
All-Time: Sabres Lead 68-48-16
All-Time at OTT: Sabres Lead 33-23-10

Injury Report:
Ottawa: Regin Shoulder Surgery(IR/Out), Winchester Concussion(IR/Out), Anderson Lacerated Pinky(IR/Out)
Buffalo: Hecht Concussion(IR/Out), McCormick Upper Body(Out), Sekera Flu(Out), Vanek Upper Body(Questionable)

Next 5 Games:
Mar 12 vs. Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM(MSG HD and TSN HD)
Mar 14 vs. Colorado Avalanche 7:30 PM(NBCS HD)
Mar 17 at Florida Panthers 7:30 PM(MSG HD)
Mar 19 at Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30 PM(MSG HD)
Mar 21 vs. Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM(MSG HD and RDS HD)

Sabres Head Back Out On The Road To Take On The Bruins

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Last Game:

Boston: Mar 6 at Maple Leafs Win 5-4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aapfgH7uv0U

Buffalo: Mar 7 vs. Hurricanes Win(OT) 3-2

Record:

Boston: 39-23-3

Buffalo: 31-28-8

Points:

Boston: 81

Buffalo: 70

Rank In Conference:

Boston: 2nd

Buffalo: 10th

Power Play Ranking:

Boston: 17.7(13th)

Buffalo: 16.1(23rd)

Penalty Kill Ranking:

Boston: 84.1(8th)

Buffalo: 81.7(19th)

Goals For:

Boston: 207(2nd)

Buffalo: 160(25th)

Goals Against:

Boston: 152(4th)

Buffalo: 184(20th)

Shots For:

Boston: 2161(4th)

Buffalo: 1928(19th)

Shots Against:

Boston: 1978(11th)

Buffalo: 2099(27th)

Blocked Shots:

Boston: 860(21st)

Buffalo: 854(22nd)

Hits:

Boston: 1341(24th)

Buffalo: 1200(30th)

Faceoff Percentage:

Boston: 54.6(1st)

Buffalo: 49.3(20th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Boston: Seguin(24), Lucic and Marchand(22), P. Bergeron(19), Krejci and Horton(17)

Buffalo: Pominville(24), Vanek(23), Hodgson(16), Roy(14)

Assists:

Boston: P. Bergeron(35), Chara(31), Seguin and Krejci(30), Peverley(29)

Buffalo: Pominville(37), Vanek(26), Ehrhoff(24), Roy(22)

Points:

Boston: P. Bergeron and Seguin(54), Lucic(49), Krejci(47), Marchand(43)

Buffalo: Pominville(61), Vanek(49), Roy(36), Hodgson and Stafford(33)

Plus/Minus:

Boston: Seguin(+35), P. Bergeron(+29), Chara(+26), Kelly(+25)

Buffalo: Hodgson(+9), Sulzer(+7), Ennis(+4), Gerbe(+3)

Penalty Minutes:

Boston: Thornton(134), Lucic(120), McQuaid(97), Marchand(83)

Buffalo: Kaleta(110), Weber(53), McCormick(49), Vanek and Roy(48)

Shots:

Boston: Seguin(199), Chara(186), Bergeron(161), Corvo(151)

Buffalo: Pominville(183), Vanek(176), Stafford(174), Roy(139)

Blocked Shots:

Boston: Seidenberg(137), Zanon(110), Boychuk(109), McQuaid(93)

Buffalo: Leopold(96), Regehr(89), Sekera(79), Weber(70)

Hits:

Boston: Lucic(151), Chara(129), Seidenberg(121), Boychuk(118)

Buffalo: Regehr(145), Kaleta(112), Weber(95), Stafford(85)

Face-Off Wins:

Boston: Bergeron(764), Krejci(426), Kelly(333), G. Campbell(280)

Buffalo: Roy(525), Hodgson(205), Pominville(167), Hecht(136)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:

Boston: Tim Thomas 28-15-0 2.32 GAA .925 SV% 4 SO

Buffalo:  Ryan Miller 23-18-5 2.58 GAA .915 SV% 5 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: Feb 24 Sabres Won(SO) 2-1

Season Series: Sabres Lead 3-1-1

All-Time: Sabres Lead 114-108-39

All-Time at BOS: Bruins Lead 66-45-18

Bruins spoil Carlyle’s home debut in 5-4 win

After one game and two rigorous practices, it was clear to Randy Carlyle that the Toronto Maple Leafs had to be more conservative and get back to playing a skating game in order to be successful.

After his home debut Tuesday against Boston, it’s clear that Toronto’s new coach has a heck of a lot more work to do.

The Bruins spoiled Carlyle’s first game behind the home bench at Air Canada Centre with a 5-4 victory. Their top line of David Krejci, Tyler Seguin and Milan Lucic piled up four more points, giving them 18 in the four games since they were put together, and Jordan Caron had a career-best 3-point game after recording his first career two-point game in Sunday’s loss in New York.

Boston is currently missing Andrew Ference, Tuukka Rask, Nathan Horton, Rich Peverley and Daniel Paille.

“We need a lot of guys to step up right now,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “We’re battling some injuries, so we just need our team to really grind it out, understand that we may not have our full squad and from here on in it may be a challenge to win every game but this is what is going to build some character moving forward. I’m hoping we take advantage of the situation to do just that.”

It was a cringe-worthy type of game for the defensive-minded Carlyle. The former Norris Trophy winner watched the Leafs blow assignments in their own zone and leave goalie Jonas Gustavsson hung out to dry far too often. On top of it, the Maple Leafs, who are still 12th in the Eastern Conference, five points back of the idle eighth-place Winnipeg Jets with 16 games left, also lost Joffrey Lupul and Colby Armstrong to injuries.

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Sabres edge Hurricanes in OT

Jason Pominville moved the Buffalo Sabres within two points of a playoff spot Wednesday night.

The Sabres’ captain scored on a power play 56 seconds into overtime to give his surging club a 3-2 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at the First Niagara Center.

Now 7-1-2 in its last 10 games, Buffalo (31-28-8) is just two points back of eighth-place Winnipeg in the Eastern Conference. Thomas Vanek and Tyler Myers also scored for the Sabres, while Ryan Miller made 22 saves.

“It’s huge. We’re making steps,” said Pominville, who also added an assist. “We’re playing better hockey. We’ve dug ourselves in a big hole that isn’t easy to get ourselves out of. But we believe.”

Jaroslav Spacek and Chad LaRose scored for the Hurricanes, 2-1-4 in their past seven games. Coming off a 4-3 overtime win at Washington, Carolina failed to win consecutive road games for the first time since October.

“Our guys, you can tell by the way we’re playing, we believe we can battle every night and keep picking up points,” Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller said. “We’re scratching and clawing for every point.”

The Sabres converted with Bryan Allen off for hooking, in a penalty called with 55 seconds left in regulation. Parked atop the left circle, Pominville took a pass from Christian Ehrhoff and blasted it inside the far post. Goalie Cam Ward appeared to be screened by defenseman Jay Harrison.

Buffalo was 2-for-7 on the power play, the first time the Sabres have scored twice on the man-advantage in 31 games.

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This Day In Sabres History:

March 8, 2002 Biron Gets 2nd Straight Shutout with 3-0 Blanking of Canadiens

On this day 10 days ago Marty Biron got his 2nd Straight Shutout with a 3-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. The night before Biron shutout the New York Islanders 5-0. Biron would make 26 saves on the night in the win. Sabres got goals from Brian Campbell, Chris Gratton, and JP Dumont. Biron finished his career with 18 shutouts in his Sabres career which ranks him 3rd all time in team history.

Injury Report:

Boston: Savard Post Concussion Syndrome(IR/Out), Horton Concussion(IR/Out), Peverley Sprained Right MCL(Out), Rask Lower Body(Out), Paille Left Arm(Doubtful), Ference Lower Body(Doubtful), Pouliot Lower Body(Questionable)

Buffalo: Hecht Concussion(IR/Out), McCormick Upper Body(Out), Sekera Flu(Questionable)

Next 5 Games:

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)

Mar 14 vs. Colorado Avalanche 7:30 PM(NBCS HD)

Mar 17 at Florida Panthers 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

Mar 19 at Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

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Last Game:

Carolina: Mar 6 @ Washington-Hurricanes Won 4-3(OT)

Buffalo: Mar 5 @ Winnipeg-Sabres Lost 3-1

Record:
Carolina: 25-27-14
Buffalo: 30-28-8

Points:
Carolina: 64
Buffalo: 68

Rank In Conference:
Carolina: 14th
Buffalo: 11th

Power Play Ranking:
Carolina: 16.6(T-16th)
Buffalo: 15.6(24th)

Penalty Kill Ranking:
Carolina: 78.1(26th)
Buffalo: 81.4(T-19th)

Goals For:
Carolina: 175(12th)
Buffalo: 157(26th)

Goals Against:
Carolina: 194(25th)
Buffalo: 182(T-18th)

Shots For:
Carolina: 2010(11th)
Buffalo: 1886(20th)

Shots Against:
Carolina: 2114(28th)
Buffalo: 2075(26th)

Blocked Shots:
Carolina: 1009(10th)
Buffalo: 843(24th)

Hits:
Carolina: 1357(22nd)
Buffalo: 1181(30th)

Faceoff Percentage:
Carolina: 50.6(12th)
Buffalo: 49.3(20th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

Carolina: Staal(19), Skinner and Ruutu(17), Tlusty(15), Sutter(14)
Buffalo: Pominville(23), Vanek(22), Hodgson(16), Roy(14)

Assists:
Carolina: Staal(40), Jokinen(24), Skinner(19), Tlusty, McBain, Gleason(16)
Buffalo: Pominville(36), Vanek(25), Roy and Ehrhoff(22), Stafford(20)

Points:
Carolina: Staal(59), Skinner(36), Jokinen(34), Tlusty(31), Ruutu(30), Sutter(26)
Buffalo: Pominville(59), Vanek(47), Roy(36), Hodgson and Stafford(33)

Plus/Minus:
Carolina: Tlusty(+8), Gleason(+7), Spacek and Ruutu(+3), Stewart(+2), Nash and Dwyer(+1)
Buffalo: Hodgson(+10), Sulzer(+7), Ennis(+5), Gerbe(+3), Myers and Hecht(+1)

Penalty Minutes:
Carolina: Allen(60), Gleason(55), Harrison(54), Ruutu(40), Jokinen(38), Staal and LaRose(36)
Buffalo: Kaleta(110), Weber(53), McCormick(49), Vanek(48), Roy(46)

Shots:
Carolina: Staal(217), Skinner(164), LaRose(145), Sutter(131), Ruutu(128)
Buffalo: Pominville(181), Stafford(174), Vanek(167), Roy(136)

Blocked Shots:
Carolina: Allen(142), Harrison(122), Gleason(92), McBain(84)
Buffalo: Leopold(93), Regehr(88), Sekera(79), Weber(70)

Hits:
Carolina: Dwyer(114), Ruutu(106), Gleason(105), LaRose(100)
Buffalo: Regehr(143), Kaleta(108), Weber(93), Stafford(84)

Face-Off Wins:
Carolina: Staal(716), Sutter(544), Jokinen(370), Brent(210)
Buffalo: Roy(514), Hodgson(200), Pominville(167), Hecht(136)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:
Carolina: Cam Ward 23-19-11 2.85 GAA .910 SV% 3 SO
Buffalo: Jhonas Enroth 8-10-3 2.68 GAA .917 SV% 1 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: Jan 6 @ Carolina-Sabres Lost 4-2

Season Series: Carolina Leads 2-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 98-67-24
All-Time @ BUF: Sabres Lead 55-30-8

Injury Report:
Carolina: Pitkanen Concussion/Knee Surgery(IR/Out), Ruutu Upper Body(Out), Bowman Sinus Infection(Possible)
Buffalo: Hecht Concussion(IR/Out), McCormick Upper Body(Out)

Next 5 Games:
Mar 8 at Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Mar 10 at Ottawa Senators 7:00 PM(MSG HD, RDS HD, CBC)
Mar 12 vs. Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM(RDS HD, MSG HD, TSN)
Mar 14 vs. Colorado Avalanche 7:30 PM(NBCS HD and TSN2)
Mar 17 at Florida Panthers 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

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Sabres look to keep momentum in race to the playoffs against Jets

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Last Game:
Winnipeg: Mar 1 vs. Panthers-Jets Won 7-0

Buffalo: Mar 3 @ Canucks-Sabres Won 5-3

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Record:
Winnipeg: 31-27-8
Buffalo: 30-27-8

Points:
Winnipeg: 70
Buffalo: 68

Rank In Conference:
Winnipeg: 8th
Buffalo: 11th

Power Play Ranking:
Winnipeg: 19.8(T-6th)
Buffalo: 15.8(24th)

Penalty Kill Ranking:
Winnipeg: 80.6(23rd)
Buffalo: 81.3(20th)

Goals For:
Winnipeg: 169(T-16th)
Buffalo: 156(T-25th)

Goals Against:
Winnipeg: 182(21st)
Buffalo: 179(T-17th)

Shots For:
Winnipeg: 1956(12th)
Buffalo: 1862(T-20th)

Shots Against:
Winnipeg: 1975(17th)
Buffalo: 2044(26th)

Blocked Shots:
Winnipeg: 962(12th)
Buffalo: 831(25th)

Hits:
Winnipeg: 1576(8th)
Buffalo: 1163(30th)

Faceoff Percentage:
Winnipeg: 49.2(T-20th)
Buffalo: 49.5(19th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

Winnipeg: Kane(26), Ladd(20), Little(19), Wheeler and Wellwood(14)
Buffalo: Pominville(23), Vanek(22), Hodgson(16), Roy(14)

Assists:
Winnipeg: Wheeler(39), Byfuglien(32), Wellwood(25), Kane and Antropov(20)
Buffalo: Pominville(36), Vanek(25), Roy and Ehrhoff(22), Stafford(20)

Points:
Winnipeg: Wheeler(53), Kane(46), Byfuglien(42), Wellwood(39), Ladd(37)
Buffalo: Pominville(59), Vanek(47), Roy(36), Hodgson and Stafford(33)

Plus/Minus:
Winnipeg: Wheeler and Kane(+10), Wellwood, Burmistrov, Hainsey(+7)
Buffalo: Hodgson(+11), Sulzer(+7), Ennis(+6), Gerbe(+3), Hecht(+1)

Penalty Minutes:
Winnipeg: Stuart(94), Thorburn(81), Byfuglien(60), Glass(54), Bogosian(51)
Buffalo: Kaleta(108), Weber(53), McCormick(49), Vanek(48), Roy(44)

Shots:
Winnipeg: Kane(224), Ladd(204), Byfuglien(171), Wheeler(160), Little(127)
Buffalo: Pominville(178), Stafford(170), Vanek(165), Roy(135)

Blocked Shots:
Winnipeg: Stuart(152), Hainsey(94), Bogosian(90), Enstrom(59), Slater(58)
Buffalo: Leopold(92), Regehr(87), Sekera(77), Ehrhoff and Weber(69)

Hits:
Winnipeg: Glass(200), Stuart(161), Slater(143), Thorburn(136), Kane(131)
Buffalo: Regehr(141), Kaleta(107), Weber(92), Stafford(84)

Face-Off Wins:
Winnipeg: Little(579), Slater(492), Antropov(250), Burmistrov(175), Wellwood(100)
Buffalo: Roy(510), Hodgson(195), Pominville(167), Hecht(136)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:
Winnipeg: Ondrej Pavelec 24-21-7 2.77 GAA .911 SV% 4 SO
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 22-17-5 2.59 GAA .915 SV% 5 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: Jan 19 @ Jets-Sabres Lost 4-1

Season Series: Jets Lead 2-0-1
All-Time: Sabres Lead 21-15-11
All-Time at WPG/ATL: Jets Lead 15-4-4

Injury Report:
Winnipeg: Bogosian Wrist(Doubtful)
Buffalo: Hecht Concussion(IR/Out), McCormick Upper Body(Out), Regehr Hip(Doubtful)

Next 5 Games:
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, RDS HD, CBC)
Mar 12 vs. Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM(RDS HD, MSG HD, TSN)
Mar 14 vs. Colorado Avalanche 7:30 PM(NBCS HD and TSN2)

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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.”

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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.

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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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Sabres head to San Jose in late-night match up with Sharks

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Last Game:
San Jose: Feb 28 vs. Flyers-Sharks Won 1-0

Buffalo: Feb 29 @ Ducks-Sabres Won 2-0

Record:
San Jose: 33-22-7
Buffalo: 28-27-8

Points:
San Jose: 73
Buffalo: 64

Rank In Conference:
San Jose: 7th
Buffalo: 12th

Power Play Ranking:
San Jose: 21.3(4th)
Buffalo: 16.1(21st)

Penalty Kill Ranking:
San Jose: 77.6(28th)
Buffalo: 80.6(22nd)

Goals For:
San Jose: 172(11th)
Buffalo: 150(25th)

Goals Against:
San Jose: 156(8th)
Buffalo: 176(20th)

Shots For:
San Jose: 2133(2nd)
Buffalo: 1818(20th)

Shots Against:
San Jose: 1758(6th)
Buffalo: 1970(26th)

Blocked Shots:
San Jose: 996(6th)
Buffalo: 803(T-23rd)

Hits:
San Jose: 1156(29th)
Buffalo: 1137(30th)

Faceoff Percentage:
San Jose: 53.2(2nd)
Buffalo: 49.6(19th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

San Jose: Couture(27), Marleau(26), Pavelski(23), Thornton(14), McGinn(12)
Buffalo: Pominville(23), Vanek(22), Hodgson(16), Roy(13)

Assists:
San Jose: Thornton(45), Boyle(30), Marleau(26), Couture and Pavelski(25)
Buffalo: Pominville(36), Vanek(25), Roy and Ehrhoff(22), Stafford(19), Hodgson and Gerbe(17)

Points:
San Jose: Thornton(59), Couture and Marleau(52), Pavelski(48), Boyle(36)
Buffalo: Pominville(59), Vanek(47), Roy(36), Hodgson(33), Stafford(31)

Plus/Minus:
San Jose: Thornton(+17), Pavelski(+16), Vlasic(+15), Boyle(+9), Havlat and Burns(+8)
Buffalo: Hodgson(+9), Ennis(+4), Gerbe(+2), Hecht(+1)

Penalty Minutes:
San Jose: Winchester(79), Clowe(78), Boyle(57), Moore(48), Galiardi(47)
Buffalo: Kaleta(106), Weber(53), McCormick(49), Vanek(48), Roy(44)

Shots:
San Jose: Pavelski(200), Boyle(195), Couture(193), Marleau(184), Burns(165)
Buffalo: Pominville(174), Stafford(164), Vanek(163), Roy(134)

Blocked Shots:
San Jose: Vlasic(124), Murray(112), Boyle(104), Burns(92), White(72), Pavelski(63)
Buffalo: Leopold(88), Regehr(87), Sekera(75), Ehrhoff(67)

Hits:
San Jose: McGinn(137), Murray(100), Galiardi(89), Clowe(77), Desjardins(76)
Buffalo: Regehr(139), Kaleta(107), Weber(84), Stafford(81)

Face-Off Wins:
San Jose: Thornton(432), Couture(392), Handzus(389), Pavelski(373), Moore(331)
Buffalo: Roy(493), Hodgson(182), Pominville(164), Hecht(136)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:
San Jose: Antti Niemi 25-15-6 2.46 GAA .913 SV% 5 SO
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 20-17-5 2.64 GAA .912 SV% 4 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: Jan 6, 2011 @ Sharks-Sabres Won 3-0

Season Series: Tied 0-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 17-6-5
All-Time at SJS: Sharks Lead 6-3-4

Injury Report:
San Jose: Havlat Hamstring Surgery(IR/Out), Moore Lower Body(Doubtful), Murray Fractured Throat(Doubtful), Couture Lower Body(Questionable)
Buffalo: Hecht Concussion(IR/Out), McCormick Upper Body(Out)

Next 5 Games:
Mar 3 at Vancouver Canucks 10:00 PM(MSG HD/CBC HD)
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/CBC HD)

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Miller Stones Ducks in 2-0 Sabres Win

Ryan Miller might of had his best performance of the season tonight in the Sabres 2-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks. Miller was phenomenal making 43 saves on the night earning his 4th shutout of the season. The win marks Miller 20th of the season and 7 straight season of at least 20 wins. The Sabres got on the board 7:12 into the 1st Period when Derek Roy collected a rebound off the endboards and beat Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller. The Sabres would make it 2-0 when Brad Boyes deflected a Christian Ehrhoff shot past Hiller shortly after the Sabres Power Play expired. The goal marked Boyes first since December 31st.

Newcomer Cody Hodgson had a strong game playing on a line with Tyler Ennis and Drew Stafford. Hodgson played 16:04, a +1 Rating, and 4 shots on goal. Hodgson played a key role on the 2nd Sabres goal winning a race to the puck on a dump in which would help the Sabres convert a few seconds later.

The Sabres return to action tomorrow night when they visit the Shark Tank to take on Joe Thornton and the San Jose Sharks. Faceoff is a little after 10:30 PM, Pregame starts at 10:00.

 

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