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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.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2012020065&navid=sb:recap

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.”

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2012020058&navid=sb:recap

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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