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Vanek 5 Point Night Breaks Sabres Losing Streak In 7-4 Win Over Rival Bruins

Thomas Vanek Hot Start to the Season continued with his 2nd 5 point game of the season and the Sabres losing streak ended with a 7-4 come from behind victory over the rival Bruins. Vanek may of had his best game of his career tonight netting a hat-trick and also getting 2 assists on the night. Vanek’s night started with a one-timer of a Cody Hodgson pass 1:38 into the 2nd Period to give the Sabres a 1-0 lead. The Sabres then would get into trouble in their defensive zone over the next 10 minutes when the Bruins would strike 3 times in that span and the Sabres were running around in their end. Rick Peverley and 2 goals from Brad Marchand put the Bruins up 3-1 with less than 10 minutes left in the 2nd Period. The Game turned a few minutes later when Milian Lucic and Zdeno Chara ended up in the penalty box giving the Sabres a 5 on 3 Power Play. Vanek would get his 2nd of night tipping home a Christian Ehrhoff shot past Tuukka Rask to pull the Sabres with in 1 with 3:15 left in the 2nd. Less than 2 minutes later Vanek might of laid claim to the play of the year setting up a beautiful goal by Tyler Ennis to tie the game at 3 going into the 3rd Period.

The Sabres would find themselves trailing again early in the 3rd Period when David Krejci gave the Bruins the lead again. The Sabres would tie the game against less than a minute later when Alex Sulzer one-timed a Mikhail Grigorenko pass. Thomas Vanek would turn play maker again less than 5 minutes later setting up a Cody Hodgson one-timer to put the Sabres in front for good 5-4. Ryan Miller would slam the door and weather the storm over the last 15 minutes of play to give the Sabres the victory. Thomas Vanek would add on some insurance with his 3rd goal of the night with 1:30 left in the game. Jason Pominville added an empty netter to round up the scoring on the night. Ryan Miller picked up his 3rd win of the Season making 38 saves including 15 saves in the 3rd Period. Tuukka Rask got his first regulation loss of the season making 25 saves on the night.

The Sabres return to action on Saturday against Division Rivals Montreal Canadiens. Puck Drop is 2:00 PM on MSG HD

Sabres Head To Boston To Take On Conference Leading Bruins

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Last Game:

Boston: Jan 29 vs. Devils Win(SO) 2-1

Buffalo: Jan 29 vs. Maple Leafs Loss(OT) 4-3

Record:

Boston: 5-0-1

Buffalo: 2-3-1

Points:

Boston: 11

Buffalo: 5

Rank In Conference:

Boston: 1st

Buffalo: 11th

Power Play Ranking:

Boston: 12.5(T-24th)

Buffalo: 22.7(T-11th)

Penalty Kill Ratings:

Boston: 96.4(1st)

Buffalo: 80.0(T-13th)

Goals For:

Boston: 17(12th)

Buffalo: 16(T-13th)

Goals Against:

Boston: 12(T-3rd)

Buffalo: 19(T-22nd)

Shots For:

Boston: 183(T-12th)

Buffalo: 191(T-7th)

Shots Against:

Boston: 165(9th)

Buffalo: 198(T-24th)

Blocked Shots:

Boston: 75(21st)

Buffalo: 67(T-25th)

Hits:

Boston: 188(T-1st)

Buffalo: 135(T-14th)

Face-Off Percentage:

Boston: 60.7(1st)

Buffalo: 42.0(30th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Boston: Marchand and Horton(3), Chara and Lucic(2), 7 Tied with 1 Goal

Buffalo: Pominville(4), Hodgson  and Vanek(3), Myers, Ott, Ennis, Foligno, Sekera, and Grigorenko(1)

Assists:

Boston: Krejci(5), Hamilton(4), Chara(3), Horton, Lucic, Bergeron, Seguin, and G. Campbell(2)

Buffalo: Vanek(7), Pominville(5), Ehrhoff(4), Stafford(3)

Points:

Boston: Krejci(6), Horton and Chara(5), Marchand, Lucic, and Hamilton(4), Bergeron, Seguin, and G. Campbell(3)

Buffalo: Vanek(10), Pominville(9), Ehrhoff(4), Hodgson(3)

Plus/Minus:

Boston: Krejci and Lucic(+5), Horton and Seguin(+4), Chara, Marchand, Bergeron, Boychuk, Seidenberg(+3), McQuaid(+1)

Buffalo: Sulzer(+2), Kaleta, Ott, and Weber(+1), Vanek, Ehrhoff, Hodgson, Ennis, Regehr, and Ellis(EV), Foligno, Scott, and Brennan(-1)

Penalty Minutes:

Boston: Lucic(22), S. Thornton(20), McQuaid(11), Chara(10)
Buffalo: Kaleta(18), Weber(17), Ott(13), Foligno(11)

Shots:

Boston: Bergeron(19), Hamilton and Seguin(18), Horton(17), Peverley(15)

Buffalo: Vanek(24), Hodgson(21), Pominville(19), Stafford and Ennis(17)

Blocked Shots:

Boston: Boychuk(12), Ference(10), Chara(9), Seidenberg(7)

Buffalo: Sekera(12), Ehrhoff and Leopold(9), Regehr(7), Pominville(6)

Hits:

Boston: Lucic(25), Chara(20), Ference(16), Seidenberg(15)

Buffalo: Ott(24), Foligno(19), Kaleta(16), Regehr and Myers(12)

Face-Off Wins:

Boston: Bergeron(76), Krejci(46), Kelly(40), Peverley(33)

Buffalo: Hodgson(44), Ott(30), Ennis(28), Grigorenko and Hecht(17)

Today Starting Goaltender Matchup:

Boston: Tuukka Rask 4-0-1 1.74 GAA .932 SV% 0 SO

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 2-2-1 2.38 GAA .925 SV% 0 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: Apr 7, 2012 Bruins Won(SO) 4-3

Season Series: Bruins Won 4-1-1

All-Time: Bruins Lead 120-106-37

All-Time at BOS: Bruins 73-47-16

Leafs beat clock and Sabres, 4-3

Matt Frattin is making the most of his opportunity with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Frattin scored two goals, including the game-winner with 1.5 seconds remaining in overtime, as the Maple Leafs beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 at First Niagara Center on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old right wing, who’s gotten a chance at an NHL job after Joffrey Lupul went down with a broken forearm last week, has three goals and five points in three games after being recalled from the Toronto Marlies of the AHL.

He earned the extra point for the Leafs when he broke down the left wing while being defended by Jordan Leopold, drove to the net and lifted the puck over goaltender Ryan Miller’s right shoulder on his short side.

Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf was on the ice for the game-winner, but didn’t realize how close the two teams were from going to the shootout.

“I had some idea [of how much time was left], but I had no idea it was that tight,” Phaneuf said.

Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle was impressed with Frattin’s play and said his recent play echoes what he did to be successful in the AHL last season.

“If you judge his game, it’s based upon him taking the body and then he seems to be around the puck a lot more and seems to get chances,” Carlyle said.

The win even Toronto’s record to 3-3-0 and snapped a two-game losing streak. The Sabres have now lost four in a row after starting the season 2-0-0.

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Healthy Horton helps Bruins to SO win over Devils

The Boston Bruins missed Nathan Horton after he was knocked out of the lineup by his second concussion in seven months last January.

A little more than a year later, the Bruins are reaping the rewards of another Horton comeback.

Horton scored the tying goal with 4:05 remaining in regulation and the Bruins won a six-round shootout to defeat the New Jersey Devils, 2-1, at TD Garden on Tuesday night and improve to 5-0-1 on the season.

The Devils remained unbeaten in regulation and are 3-0-2. Boston and New Jersey are the only Eastern Conference teams without a regulation loss.

It’s been impossible to tell that Horton went nearly a year between NHL games after his career-threatening injury suffered Jan. 22, 2012. He has five points (three goals) in the Bruins’ six games.

“We know he’s got good strength, he’s a great skater, has a great shot, and he’s utilizing all his tools right now and there doesn’t seem to be anything holding him back,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “And that’s pretty impressive because guys come back sometimes a little tentative and that’s not the case with Nathan. I think right now you’re seeing him at his best. We all know that he’s a machine. He doesn’t seem like he’s missed a beat. He’s right back in great form right now and we’re feeding off him, there’s no doubt.”

It took Horton until the Bruins’ third game of the season to score his first goal, and he has now scored in back-to-back games.

“It feels great, just to contribute to help the team,” he said. “Whether it’s anything, it’s a hit or a [goal], I’m just trying to work hard and be the best I can to not let my teammates down.”

The Bruins won the shootout, 2-1, on goals by Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand. Seguin’s goal came after a do-over because someone in the stands threw an object onto the ice during his first successful attempt against Devils goaltender Johan Hedberg. The officials used Rule 24.4 to make Seguin shoot again, and the speedster went to his backhand instead of the forehand he used to score the first time. In the sixth round, Marchand beat Hedberg five-hole before Tuukka Rask made a glove save on Marek Zidlicky.

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This Day In Sabres History:

January 31, 2006 Sabres Score 4 unanswered goals in 5-2 win over Thrashers

On this day 7 years ago the Sabres would overcome at 2-1 deficit to beat the Atlanta Thrashers. Ales Kotalik gave the Sabres an early 1-0 lead in the first period. Atlanta would then score twice to end the first period with goals from Marian Hossa and Ronald Petrovicky. Sabres then would score 4 unanswered goals over the next 40 minutes. Goals from Thomas Vanek, Jason Pominville, Paul Gaustad, and J.P. Dumont would lead the Sabres to victory. Ryan Miller would get the win making 35 saves on the night.

Injury Report:

Boston: Savard Post-Concussion Syndrome(IR/Out), Caron Upper Body(IR/Out), Thomas Personal(Out), McQuaid Personal(Questionable)

Buffalo: McCormick Finger(IR/Out), Leino Strained Right Hip(IR/Out), Regehr Lower Body(Out), Kaleta Upper Body(Out)

Next 5 Games:

Feb 2 at Montreal Canadiens 2:00 PM(MSG HD/CBC HD)

Feb 3 vs. Florida Panthers 3:00 PM(MSG HD)

Feb 5 at Ottawa Senators 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

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

Feb 9 at New York Islanders 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

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Struggling Sabres Look To Get Back On Track Against Rival Maple Leafs

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Last Game:

Toronto: Jan 26 at NY Rangers Loss 5-2

Buffalo: Jan 27 at Capitals Loss 3-2

Record:

Toronto: 2-3-0

Buffalo: 2-3-0

Points:

Toronto: 4

Buffalo: 4

Rank In Conference:

Toronto: 12th

Buffalo: 11th

Power Play Ranking:

Toronto: 17.2(21st)

Buffalo: 19.0(19th)

Penalty Kill Ratings:

Toronto: 84.2(10th)

Buffalo: 78.3(T-18th)

Goals For:

Toronto: 14(T-10th)

Buffalo: 13(T-15th)

Goals Against:

Toronto: 17(23rd)

Buffalo: 15(T-18th)

Shots For:

Toronto: 145(19th)

Buffalo: 159(11th)

Shots Against:

Toronto: 148(13th)

Buffalo: 174(27th)

Blocked Shots:

Toronto: 56(24th)

Buffalo: 53(26th)

Hits:

Toronto: 131(10th)

Buffalo: 112(13th)

Face-Off Percentage:

Toronto: 51.0(T-12th)

Buffalo: 40.1(30th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Toronto: Kadri, Grabovski, and van Riemsdyk(3), Bozak(2), Gunnarsson, Frattin, and MacArthur(1)

Buffalo: Hodgson, Pominville, and Vanek(3), Myers, Ott, Ennis, and Foligno(1)

Assists:

Toronto: Kulemin(4), Kostka and Liles(3), Kadri, Gunnarsson, Frattin, Kessel, and MacArthur(2), Grabovski, van Riemsdyk, Bozak, Phaneuf, and Franson(1)

Buffalo: Vanek(6), Pominville(5), Ehrhoff(3), Sekera and Stafford(2)

Points:

Toronto: Kadri(5), Grabovski, Kulemin, and van Riemsdyk(4), Gunnarsson, Frattin, Kostka, Bozak, MacArthur, and Liles(3), Kessel(2)

Buffalo: Vanek(9), Pominville(8), Hodgson and Ehrhoff(3), Ennis, Ott, Stafford, and Sekera(2)

Plus/Minus:

Toronto: Gunnarsson(+3), Komisarek(+2), Frattin, Liles, and Fraser(+1), Franson, Lupul, Orr, Brown, and Steckel(EV)

Buffalo: Sulzer(+2), Vanek and Kaleta(+1), 8 Tied With Even Rating

Penalty Minutes:

Toronto: Brown(20), Orr(15), Kostka, van Riemsdyk, and Grabovski(6), Fraser(5)
Buffalo: Kaleta(18), Ott(13), Foligno(11), Myers and Vanek(8)

Shots:

Toronto: Kessel(24), van Riemsdyk and Phaneuf(13), MacArthur and Kadri(12), Kadri(11), Liles(9)

Buffalo: Vanek(20), Hodgson(19), Pominville and Stafford(16), Ennis(13)

Blocked Shots:

Toronto: Liles, Phaneuf, and Kostka(8), Komisarek(5), Gunnarsson(4), Bozak, Gardiner, Grabovski, and Kulemin(3)

Buffalo: Ehrhoff and Sekera(8), Regehr(7), Ott, Pominville, Hecht, and Leopold(5), Myers(3)

Hits:

Toronto: Komarov(19), Kulemin(13), Phaneuf(10), Komisarek(8)

Buffalo: Ott(21), Foligno(18), Kaleta(16), Regehr(12)

Face-Off Wins:

Toronto: Bozak(70), Grabovski(44), Kadri(20), McClement(14)

Buffalo: Hodgson(38), Ennis(26), Grigorenko(16), Hecht(15)

Today Starting Goaltender Matchup:

Toronto: James Reimer 1-1-0 3.17 GAA .911 SV% 0 SO

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 2-2-0 2.02 GAA .941 SV% 0 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: Jan 21 Sabres Won 2-1

Season Series: Sabres Lead 1-0-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 103-60-20

All-Time vs. TOR: Sabres Lead 61-25-7

Ovechkin scores, Oates earns first win as Caps coach

Alex Ovechkin opened his scoring account for the 2012-13 season, and it went a long way to ensure the Washington Capitals are no longer winless.

Ovechkin’s first tally of the season proved to be the game-winner in a 3-2 victory Sunday afternoon for the Capitals against the Buffalo Sabres at Verizon Center. Washington became the last team in the NHL to claim a victory this season, while the Sabres dropped their third straight game.

The victory is the first as an NHL head coach for Adam Oates. Joel Ward and Jason Chimera had two points each, while Michal Neuvirth had another strong start in net with 23 saves. Ryan Miller made 28 saves for Buffalo, but the offense sagged without top scorer Thomas Vanek.

“Today I thought we played a pretty complete game. [Neuvirth] played really well for us; he made some big saves for us,” Chimera said. “The power play got us one, which is huge. [Ovechkin] got one, which is huge for us.”

Ovechkin potted his first of the season with his team on the power play at 5:11 of the third period to give Washington a 3-1 lead. One of the alterations Oates has made is shifting the Capitals into more of a 1-3-1 look on the power play, and that has moved Ovechkin down from the left point to an area near the top of the circle. That’s where he was to receive a pass from Mike Green for a one-time blast past Miller.

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Down 2-0, Rangers rally to overwhelm Maple Leafs

The New York Rangers returned to their locker room after one period against the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night down two goals. They were teetering on the precipice of a 1-4-0 start to the season, their worst since starting 0-4-1 in 1998-99.

Reigning Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist allowed two goals on three shots, while Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer was flawless during a 14-save first period. The two huge gaffes that led to the goals in an otherwise dominant period could’ve left the Rangers frustrated.

Instead, the Rangers were rewarded for never wavering.

Marian Gaborik, Marc Staal and Brian Boyle combined for four goals in the third period as the Rangers squeezed the life out of a weary-looking Maple Leafs team over the final 40 minutes in a 5-2 victory at Madison Square Garden.

Rangers coach John Tortorella didn’t peal the paint off the walls with a fiery speech during the first intermission. Instead, the Rangers stuck with the game plan and eventually overwhelmed the Maple Leafs with both teams playing their third games in four nights.

“We had a lot of shots. We created a lot of offense and a lot of pressure in their end zone,” Staal said. “We knew it was just a matter of time before they started going in for us, so we stayed at it, didn’t get frustrated and ended up with a good win.”

After looking sluggish in a 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night, Tortorella gave his team a full day of rest Friday. It paid off Saturday — the Maple Leafs found themselves chasing the puck all night, a problem that seemed to grow exponentially as the game continued.

“I think the day off yesterday helped to kind of recharge our batteries,” Staal said. “I thought we had a lot more jump today and the forecheck was better. We were just all over those loose pucks and winning races we didn’t win last game. It was good for us to get on the right track.”

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This Day In Sabres History:

January 28th 2000 Biron Records 5th Shutout of The Season In Sabres 1-0 Win Over Senators

On This Day 13 years ago Marty Biron recorded his 5th shutout of the season and Current Sabres Assistant Coach James Patrick Scored the Sabres only goal in a 1-0 win Over the Ottawa Senators. Biron who shutout the Senators earlier in the season stopped 21 shots on the night. Biron appeared in 41 games in 1999-2000 with Dominik Hasek having an injured groin for most of the season. Biron went 19-18-2 with 5 Shutouts, 2.42 GAA, and .909 SV%. Biron’s play kept the Sabres alive in the hunt for the playoffs when they were eventually Eliminated by the Philadelphia Flyers in Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

Injury Report:

Toronto: Lupul Broken Right Forearm(IR/Out), Komisarek Eye(Out), MacArthur Lacerated Finger(Questionable)
Buffalo: McCormick Finger(IR/Out), Leino Strained Right Hip(IR/Out), Regehr Lower Body(Out), Vanek Lower Body(Probable)

Next 5 Games:

Jan 31 at Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Feb 2 at Montreal Canadiens 2:00 PM(MSG HD/CBC HD)

Feb 3 vs. Florida Panthers 3:00 PM(MSG HD)

Feb 5 at Ottawa Senators 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

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

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Sabres head into Washington as both teams are struggling to find a win

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Last Game:
Washington: Jan 25 @ New Jersey-Capitals Lost 2-3(OT)

Buffalo: Jan 25 vs. Carolina-Sabres Lost 3-1

Record:
Washington: 0-3-1
Buffalo: 2-2-0

Rank In Conference:
Washington: 15th
Buffalo: 9th

Power Play Ranking:
Washington: 15.0(T-21st)
Buffalo: 21.0(15th)

Penalty Kill Ratings:
Washington: 66.7(28th)
Buffalo: 80.0(T-13th)

Goals For:
Washington: 8(T-23rd)
Buffalo: 11(T-14th)

Goals Against:
Washington: 17(T-26th)
Buffalo: 12(T-14th)

Shots For:
Washington: 123(T-17th)
Buffalo: 135(12th)

Shots Against:
Washington: 130(18th)
Buffalo: 144(T-22nd)

Blocked Shots:
Washington: 46(23rd)
Buffalo: 44(25th)

Hits:
Washington: 68(25th)
Buffalo: 92(15th)

Face-Off Percentage:
Washington: 47.3(23rd)
Buffalo: 40.6(30th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

Washington: Ward(2), Ribeiro, Green, Brouwer, Wolski, Hendricks, Crabb(1)
Buffalo: Vanek, Pominville, Hodgson(3), Myers and Ott(1)

Assists:
Washington: Ribeiro(3), Backstrom and Chimera(2), 7 Players with(1)
Buffalo: Vanek(6), Pominville(5), Ehrhoff(3), 6 Players with(1)

Points:
Washington: Ribeiro(4), Ward(3), Green, Backstrom, Chimera(2)
Buffalo: Vanek(9), Pominville(8), Hodgson and Ehrhoff(3)

Plus/Minus:
Washington: Ward(+2), Ribeiro, Chimera, Beagle(+1)
Buffalo: Hodgson and Sulzer(+2), Vanek and Regehr(+1)

Penalty Minutes:
Washington: Hendricks(19), Ribeiro(14), Carlson and Brouwer(6)
Buffalo: Kaleta(18), Ott and Foligno(11), Vanek and Myers(8)

Shots:
Washington: Ovechkin(13), Green, Carlson, Wolski(12), Ward(9)
Buffalo: Vanek(20), Hodgson(18), Pominville(15), Stafford(12)

Blocked Shots:
Washington: Carlson(10), Alzner(7), Green(6), Crabb(5)
Buffalo: Regehr and Sekera(7), Ehrhoff(6), Ott and Pominville(5)

Hits:
Washington: Chimera(11), Brouwer(10), Ovechkin(8), Green and Hendricks(7)
Buffalo: Ott(21), Kaleta(13), Foligno(12), Regehr(9)

Face-Off Wins:
Washington: Backstrom(34), Beagle(30), Brouwer(15), Ribeiro(13)
Buffalo: Hodgson(30), Ennis(22), Hecht and Ott(13), Grigorenko(12)

Today Starting Goaltender Matchup:
Washington: Michal Neuvirth 0-1-1 3.36 GAA .877 SV% 0 SO
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 2-1-0 1.67 GAA .952 SV% 0 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: Mar 27 @ Washington-Sabres Won 5-1

Season Series: Sabres Won 3-1
All-Time: Sabres Lead 85-45-16
All-Time @ WSH: Sabres Lead 41-22-10

This Day In Sabres History:

Jan. 27, 2002
Stu Barnes scores his second goal of the game in overtime to give the Sabres a 3-2 victory in Washington.

Injury Report:
Washington: Laich Groin(IR/Out), Hillen Upper Body(IR/Out)
Buffalo: McCormick Finger(IR/Out), Leino Strained Hip(IR/Out), Vanek Lower Body(Questionable)

Next 5 Games:
Jan 29 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Jan 31 at Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Feb 2 at Montreal Canadiens 2:00 PM(MSG HD/CBC/RDS)
Feb 3 vs. Florida Panthers 3:00 PM(MSG HD)
Feb 5 at Ottawa Senators 7:30 PM(MSG HD/RDS)

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Sabres Look For A Better Result In Rematch Against Hurricanes

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Last Game:

Carolina: Jan 24 vs. Sabres Win 6-3

Buffalo: Jan 24 at Hurricanes Loss 6-3

Record:

Carolina: 1-2-0

Buffalo: 2-1-0

Points:

Carolina: 2

Buffalo: 4

Rank In Conference:

Carolina: 11th

Buffalo: 8th

Power Play Ranking:

Carolina: 6.7(28th)

Buffalo: 20.0(T-17th)

Penalty Kill Ratings:

Carolina: 77.8(T-18th)

Buffalo: 86.7(7th)

Goals For:

Carolina: 8(T-14th)

Buffalo: 10(T-10th)

Goals Against:

Carolina: 12(T-25th)

Buffalo: 9(T-16th)

Shots For:

Carolina: 116(3rd)

Buffalo: 94(T-15th)

Shots Against:

Carolina: 84(12th)

Buffalo: 102(22nd)

Blocked Shots:

Carolina: 40(T-15th)

Buffalo: 40(T-15th)

Hits:

Carolina: 75(T-11th)

Buffalo: 65(16th)

Face-Off Percentage:

Carolina: 50.3(14th)

Buffalo: 42.5(30th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Carolina: E. Staal and Skinner(3), Dwyer and Faulk(1)

Buffalo: Hodgson and Pominville(3), Vanek(2), Myers and Ott(1)

Assists:

Carolina: Pitkanen and J. Staal(3), Dalpe(2), Faulk, Semin, and McBain(1)

Buffalo: Vanek(6), Pominville(4), Ehrhoff(2), Ennis, Stafford, Sekera, Leopold, Sulzer, and Regehr(1)

Points:

Carolina: E. Staal. J. Staal, Skinner, and Pitkanen(3), Faulk and Dalpe(2), Dwyer, Semin, and McBain(1)

Buffalo: Vanek(8), Pominville(7), Hodgson(3), Ehrhoff(2)

Plus/Minus:

Carolina: Pitkanen and E. Staal(+3), McBain and Tlusty(+2), Faulk, Brent, and Semin(+1), Bowman, Dwyer, Z. Boychuck, Welsh, and Westgarth(EV)

Buffalo: Hodgson, Vanek, and Sulzer(+2), 9 Tied With Even Rating

Penalty Minutes:

Carolina: E. Staal and LaRose(6), Semin, Corvo, J. Jokinen, J. Staal, Bowman, and Skinner(4), Gleason, Brent, and Dwyer(2)
Buffalo: Kaleta(18), Foligno(9), Myers(8), Stafford(7)

Shots:

Carolina: E. Staal(17), Skinner(14), Bowman(10), Semin(9)

Buffalo: Vanek(14), Hodgson(12), Stafford and Pominville(11), Ennis(6)

Blocked Shots:

Carolina: Faulk(8), Pitkanen(6), Harrison(5), McBain, Sanguinetti, and J. Staal(4)

Buffalo: Regehr(6), Ehrhoff, Ott, Sekera, and Pominville(5) Leopold(4), Myers(3)

Hits:

Carolina: J. Staal(13), Harrison(9), Gleason and LaRose(7), Dwyer(6)

Buffalo: Ott(17), Kaleta(10), Foligno(8), Myers(5)

Face-Off Wins:

Carolina: J. Staal(30), E Staal(26), Jokinen(25), Brent(11)

Buffalo: Hodgson and Ennis(20), Grigorenko(10), Ott and Hecht(9), Pominville(5)

Today Starting Goaltender Matchup:

Carolina: Dan Ellis 0-0-0 1.50 GAA .923 SV% 0 SO

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 2-0-0 1.50 GAA .953 SV% 0 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: Jan 24 Hurricanes Won 6-3

Season Series: Hurricanes Lead 1-0-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 96-64-22

All-Time vs. CAR: Sabres Lead 54-29-8

Eric Staal’s hat trick gives Hurricanes first win

No one said it in so many words, but the Carolina Hurricanes must be breathing an enormous sigh of relief.

After starting the season with a 5-1 clunker at the Florida Panthers and 4-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the home opener, Carolina was desperate for some proof its revamped offense was everything it was cracked up to be.

After a solid but tentative first period against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night, the Hurricanes got all the evidence they needed.

Eric Staal scored a hat trick, and Jeff Skinner added two goals to lift Carolina to a 6-3 win at PNC Arena.

After Skinner found the net with a top-shelf backhander early in the second period, the Hurricanes seemed to come to life playing with their first lead of the season.

“You could just see the tension go away from our guys,” Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller said. “They started to relax and play. It’s nice playing with the lead.”

Staal said, “It was nice to see [Skinner] get that first one and get the building going and ease the guys a little bit.”

Carolina had a two-goal lead within three minutes, getting a little puck luck from defenseman Justin Faulk.

With the Hurricanes shorthanded, Jordan Staal blocked a diagonal pass that led to a 3-on-1. Faulk carried the puck up ice and beat Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth with a low shot. After nearly two-and-a-half games marked by near misses, Carolina cashed in on a fluky one.

“I was trying to pick a spot,” Faulk said tentatively before smiling. “My stick broke and it went in the net. It wasn’t necessarily the spot I was going for, but it fooled him.”

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This Day In Sabres History:

January 25, 1977 Rick Martin Scores Twice in All-Star Game Taking MVP Honors

On this day 36 Years Ago, Rick Martin lite up the All-Star game scoring 2 goals including the Game Winner earning the All-Star MVP Honors in the Wales Conference 4-3 win over the Campbell Conference. The 77 All-Star Game marked as the League’s 30th All Star Game in the NHL’s History. Martin scored twice in the 3rd Period and got the game winner with 1:56 left in the game. Martin wasn’t the only Sabre on the All-Star team. He was joined by fellow French Connection Line Mate Gilbert Perreault, Defensemen Jim Schoenfeld, and Goaltender Gerry Desjardins.

Injury Report:

Carolina: T. Ruutu Hip Surgery(IR/Out)
Buffalo: McCormick Finger(IR/Out), Leino Strained Right Hip(IR/Out)

Next 5 Games:

Jan 25 vs. Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Jan 27 at Washington Capitals 3:00 PM(MSG HD/NHLN HD)

Jan 29 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Jan 31 at Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Feb 2 at Montreal Canadiens 2:00 PM(MSG HD/CBC HD)

Staal Hatty Leads Hurricanes Over Sabres 6-3

It was an ugly night for the Sabres in Carolina and because of that the Sabres lose 6-3 to the Hurricanes. The Sabres played horrible in the defensive zone all night which resulted in their first loss of the season. The Hurricanes who only scored twice in their previous 2 games lit the lamp 6 times on the night with Eric Staal netting a hat-trick. The Goal scoring kicked off early in the 2nd Period when Jeff Skinner gave the Hurricanes the lead 1:06 into the period. The Hurricanes would strike again 3 minutes with a Short Handed Goal from Justin Faulk after a turnover by Jason Pominville. The Sabres would get on the board 5 minutes later when Cody Hodgson picked up a juicy rebound from a Jordan Leopold shot for his 3rd on the Season. Jason Pominville would tie the game less than 2 minutes later tipping home a Christian Ehrhoff pass past Cam Ward. The tie game would be short lived when Jeff Skinner netted his 2nd of the night on a wrap-around 2:20 later. Eric Staal scored 9 seconds later getting a breakaway off the faceoff beating Jhonas Enroth 5-Hole to give the Hurricanes a 4-2 lead after 2 Periods. Jason Pominville scored his 2nd of the night finishing up a nice passing play started by Thomas Vanek 6 minutes into the 3rd Period. Staal 2nd of the night came 3:20 later after a Jason Pominville turnover. Staal finished up the hat-trick with an empty net goal with 1:28 left in the game. Jhonas Enroth had a tough night getting his first loss of the season making 32 saves on the night. Enroth hasn’t on a game since November 26, 2011, he is 0-9-3 in his last 12 starts. Cam Ward gets his first win of the season making 30 saves on the night.

The Sabres will look for a better effort against this same Hurricanes Tomorrow Night at First Niagara Center. Puck Drop is at 7:00 PM on MSG HD.

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Sabres head to Carolina for the first game of home/at home series

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Last Game:
Carolina: Jan 22 vs. Tampa Bay-Hurricanes Lost 4-1

Buffalo: Jan 21 @ Toronto-Sabres Won 2-1

Record:
Carolina: 0-2-0
Buffalo: 2-0-0

Rank In Conference:
Carolina: 14th
Buffalo: 5th

Power Play Ranking:
Carolina: 9.1(25th)
Buffalo: 33.3(T-7th)

Penalty Kill Ratings:
Carolina: 66.7(T-23rd)
Buffalo: 81.8(13th)

Goals For:
Carolina: 2(30th)
Buffalo: 7(T-11th)

Goals Against:
Carolina: 9(T-21st)
Buffalo: 3(T-3rd)

Shots For:
Carolina: 78(15th)
Buffalo: 61(T-20th)

Shots Against:
Carolina: 51(2nd)
Buffalo: 64(T-13th)

Blocked Shots:
Carolina: 21(26th)
Buffalo: 27(T-19th)

Hits:
Carolina: 48(18th)
Buffalo: 39(23rd)

Face-Off Percentage:
Carolina: 47.8(21st)
Buffalo: 42.0(29th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

Carolina: Skinner and Dwyer(1)
Buffalo: Vanek and Hodgson(2), Myers, Pominville, Ott(1)

Assists:
Carolina: Faulk, Pitkanen, Semin, J. Staal(1)
Buffalo: Vanek and Pominville(4), Ennis, Stafford, Sekera, Ehrhoff(1)

Points:
Carolina: Skinner, Dwyer, Faulk, Pitkanen, Semin, J. Staal(1)
Buffalo: Vanek(6), Pominville(5), Hodgson(2)

Plus/Minus:
Carolina: Faulk, Dwyer, Brent(+1)
Buffalo: Hodgson(+4), Vanek(+3), Pominville and Ehrhoff(+2)

Penalty Minutes:
Carolina: Semin, E. Staal, Corvo, Jokinen, LaRose(4)
Buffalo: Kaleta(18), Foligno(9), Stafford(7), Scott(5)

Shots:
Carolina: E. Staal(10), Skinner(9), Semin and Bowman(7)
Buffalo: Vanek(12), Hodgson(9), Stafford(7), Ennis(6)

Blocked Shots:
Carolina: Faulk(6), Harrison(3), Pitkanen, J. Staal, E. Staal(2)
Buffalo: Regehr(6), Leopold and Ott(4), Myers, Pominville, Sekera(3)

Hits:
Carolina: J. Staal(12), Dwyer and Gleason(5), LaRose and Semin(4)
Buffalo: Ott(12), Kaleta(7), Foligno(4), Myers and Regehr(3)

Face-Off Wins:
Carolina: E. Staal(19), J. Staal(17), Jokinen(16), Brent(10)
Buffalo: Hodgson(16), Ennis(13), Grigorenko(9), Ott(7)

Today Starting Goaltender Matchup:
Carolina: Dan Ellis 0-0-0 1.50 GAA .923 SV% 0 SO
Buffalo: Jhonas Enroth

Notes:
Last Meeting: Mar 7 @ Buffalo-Sabres Won 3-2(OT)

Season Series: Carolina Won 2-1-1
All-Time: Sabres Lead 99-67-24
All-Time @ CAR: Sabres Lead 43-37-16

This Day In Sabres History:

January 24, 1978
Buffalo and Memorial Auditorium are hosts to the NHL All-Star Game, and hometown heros Rick Martin and Gil Perreault make the locals proud. Martin scores late in regulation to tie the game, and Perreault wins it in overtime.

Injury Report:
Carolina: Ruutu Hip Surgery(IR/Out), Dalpe Illness(Questionable)
Buffalo: McCormick Finger(IR/Out), Gerbe Back Surgery(Probable), Leino Strained Hip(Questionable)

Next 5 Games:
Jan 25 vs. Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Jan 27 at Washington Capitals 3:00 PM(MSG HD/NHLN HD)
Jan 29 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Jan 31 at Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Feb 2 at Montreal Canadiens 2:00 PM(MSG HD/CBC/RDS)

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Miller Strong Performance Leads Sabres To 2-1 Win Over Rival Maple Leafs

It wasn’t pretty, but the Sabres did enough to get 2 points out of Toronto and start the Season 2-0. Ryan Miller was on the top of his game all night and held off the Leafs in the final minute of play to give the Sabres the victory. Miller stopped 34 of 35 Maple Leafs Shots on the night. The strong play from the Hodgson-Pominville-Vanek line continued into tonight game. Cody Hodgson got the goal scoring kicked off when a Christian Ehrhoff shot hit him and beat Maple Leafs Goalie Ben Scrivens to give the Sabres a 1-0 lead 8:52 into the game. Jason Pominville would finish off his opportunity in the 2nd Period to put the Sabres up 2-0 through two period. The Sabres strong penalty killing was also a major reason why the Sabres leave Toronto with 2 points killing off 6 of 7 Maple Leafs Power Plays including a stretch of over 2 minutes of 5 on 3 in the first period. The lone Maple Leaf tally came with 1:42 left in the game when Nazem Kadri got a nice bounce off the end boards and cashed in on the Power Play. Ben Scrivens got his first loss of the season stopping 18 of 20 Sabres shots on the night. The Sabres will get a couple of days off before they return to action on Thursday Night when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes in the first half of the home and home between the 2 teams. Puck Drop is at 7:00 on MSG HD.

Sabres head to Toronto for the 2nd game of the season

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Last Game:
Toronto: Jan 19 @ Montreal-Maple Leafs Won 2-1

Buffalo: Jan 20 vs. Philadelphia-Sabres Won 5-2

Record:
Toronto: 1-0-0
Buffalo: 1-0-0

Rank In Conference:
Toronto: 7th
Buffalo: 5th

Power Play Ranking:
Toronto: 40.0(T-12th)
Buffalo: 50.0(T-5th)

Penalty Kill Ratings:
Toronto: 80.0(T-10th)
Buffalo: 75.0(T-12th)

Goals For:
Toronto: 2(T-17th)
Buffalo: 5(T-4th)

Goals Against:
Toronto: 1(T-3rd)
Buffalo: 2(T-10th)

Shots For:
Toronto: 26(T-20th)
Buffalo: 41(3rd)

Shots Against:
Toronto: 22(T-6th)
Buffalo: 29(T-17th)

Blocked Shots:
Toronto: 14(T-9th)
Buffalo: 9(T-23rd)

Hits:
Toronto: 39(T-2nd)
Buffalo: 13(28th)

Face-Off Percentage:
Toronto: 38.2(29th)
Buffalo: 53.7(9th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:
Toronto: Bozak and Kadri(1)
Buffalo: Vanek(2), Myers, Hodgson, Ott(1)

Assists:
Toronto: Kessel(2), Phaneuf and Kostka(1)
Buffalo: Vanek and Pominville(3), Ennis, Stafford, Sekera(1)

Points:
Toronto: Kessel(2), Bozak, Kadri, Phaneuf, Kostka(1)
Buffalo: Vanek(5), Pominville(3), Myers, Hodgson, Ott, Ennis, Stafford, Sekera(1)

Plus/Minus:
Toronto: 18 players (+0)
Buffalo: Hodgson(+2), Vanek, Leopold, Regehr(+1)

Penalty Minutes:
Toronto: Brown(5), Kostka, Kadri, Grabovski, van Riemsdyk, Franson(2)
Buffalo: Stafford(5), Regehr and Foligno(4), Myers, Ott, Leopold, Kaleta(2)

Shots:
Toronto: Liles, MacArthur, Lupul(4), Kessel(3), Bozak, Kadri, Komarov(2)
Buffalo: Vanek(9), Hodgson(7), Stafford(4), Ott and Ennis(3)

Blocked Shots:
Toronto: Komisarek(4), Grabovski, Liles, Phaneuf(2)
Buffalo: Regehr(3), Ott(2), Myers, Scott, Sekera, Sulzer(1)

Hits:
Toronto: Komarov(8), Komisarek(6), Kadri and Lupul(4)
Buffalo: Ott(5), Kaleta(3), Myers(2), Foligno, Leopold, Regehr(1)

Face-Off Wins:
Toronto: Bozak(9), Grabovski(6), McClement(3), Kadri(2), van Riemsdyk(1)
Buffalo: Ennis and Hodgson(11), Grigorenko(5), Ott(4), Ellis and Hecht(2)

Today Starting Goaltender Matchup:
Toronto: Ben Scrivens 1-0-0 1.00 GAA .955 SV% 0 SO
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 1-0-0 2.00 GAA .931 SV% 0 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: Apr 3 @ Sabres-Buffalo won 6-5(OT)

Season Series: Toronto won 3-2-1
All-Time: Sabres Lead 106-61-22
All-Time @ TOR: Sabres Lead 43-36-15

This Day In Sabres History:
January 21, 1989
Pierre Turgeon scores four minutes into overtime to give the Sabres a 6-5 win over the Bruins at Boston Garden and cap an incredible comeback — at one point, the Sabres trailed by four goals. In his second season as a Sabre, Turgeon would lead the team in scoring with 88 points. The win stretched the Sabres’ unbeaten streak to six games, on their way to nine, in a season in which the team was barely over .500 and lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Bruins for the second straight spring.

Injury Report:
Toronto: Gardiner Neck/Concussion-like symptoms(Out)
Buffalo: McCormick Finger(IR/Out), Gerbe Back Surgery(IR/Out), Leino Leg(Questionable)

Next 5 Games:
Jan 24 at Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Jan 25 vs. Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Jan 27 at Washington Capitals 3:00 PM(MSG HD/NHLN HD)
Jan 29 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Jan 31 at Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Vanek’s 5 Points Night Leads Sabres Past Flyers

Thomas Vanek picked up where he left off last year recording 5 Points in the Sabres 5-2 Win over the Philadelphia Flyers. The Sabres showed no rust in their first game in over 8 months. The Sabres went 3 for 6 on the power plays and killed off 3 of the 4 Power Plays they faced on the Afternoon. Newest Addition Steve Ott put the Sabres on the board first with a power play marker with less than 9 minutes remaining in the 1st Period. The Sabres would hold the lead until the 2:23 mark of the 2nd Period on a Sean Couturier goal. The Flyers will grab the lead 2:34 later on a Power Play Goal from Claude Giroux. Thomas Vanek would score his first of 2 goals on the Afternoon when he got behind the Flyers defense scoring on the Power Play with 4:06 left in the 2nd Period. The Game would stayed tied until the 14:57 mark of the 3rd Period when Tyler Myers would put the Sabres ahead for good on the Power Play. Cody Hodgson would put the Sabres up 2 picking up a big rebound left by Flyers Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov after a Thomas Vanek Breakaway shot. Vanek would finish his 5 points night netting an empty net goal in the last minute of the game. Ryan Miller earned his first win of the game stopping 27 of the 29 Flyers shots. Ilya Bryzgalov got his second loss of the season stopping 36 Shots.

The Sabres won’t have a long rest, they return to action Monday Night when they take on the rivals Toronto Maple Leafs. Coverage begins at 6:30 PM on MSG HD.

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