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Gerbe Nets 2 Goals and Miller Strong Performance Leads Sabres To 4-3 Shootout Win Over Panthers

The Sabres completed their sweep of their Florida Trip with a 4-3 Shootout victory, thanks to a 2 Goal Performance from Nathan Gerbe and a 40 Saves outing from Ryan Miller. Gerbe who hasn’t scored a goal since March 10th, 2011 netted his first of 2 on the night 6:30 into the game firing a wrist shot past Panthers Goalie Scott Clemmensen. The Sabres who were 0 for their last 14 PP opportunities netted a Power Play marker on their lone chance when Tyler Ennis gave the Sabres a 2-0 lead with 9 minutes left in the 1st. The Panthers like in the first meeting would quickly make the Sabres 2 goal lead disappear when Drew Shore netted a Power Play goal getting a nice bounce off the boards behind the Sabres net with 5:36 left in the period. Marcel Goc would capitalize on a Buffalo mistake behind the net to tie the game at 2 less than 2 minutes later. Gerbe would make sure the Sabres had the lead going into the intermission netting his 2nd of the night on a bad angle shot that beat Clemmensen with 3:14 left in the 1st. Clemmensen would be pulled after the Gerbe goal making only 7 saves on the night, making way for Jose Theodore.

The Sabres outshot the Panthers 11-9 in the 1st Period. The rest of the way the Panthers dominated the shot clock 34-14. The Panthers who dominated the play for most of the 2nd and 3rd Period were rewarded with 1:26 left in the game when Brian Campbell beat Ryan Miller off a face-off win by the Panthers. The game would remain tied through the overtime period and a Shootout would be needed to decide the game. Thomas Vanek who was 2nd on the Sabres list for Shootout Goals list went first for the Sabres. Vanek fired a shot past Jose Theodore tying the franchise record with 18 shootout goals. Jason Pominville would end the game in the 2nd round of the shootout after Miller stopped Jonathon Huberdeau and Peter Mueller. Miller picks up his 8th win of the season making 40 stops on the night. Jose Theodore who relieved Panthers starter Scott Clemmensen got his 3rd overtime loss on the season stopping all 15 shots he faced.

The Sabres will be back on home ice when they host Ilya Kovalchuk and the New Jersey Devils on Saturday Afternoon. Puck Drop is 3:00 PM and can be seen on MSG HD.

 

 

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Sabres Finish Up Southern Swing With Meeting With The Panthers

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Last Game:

Florida: Feb 26 vs. Penguins Win 6-4

Buffalo:  Feb 26 at Lightning Win 2-1

Record:

Florida: 6-9-4

Buffalo: 7-12-1

Points:

Florida: 16

Buffalo: 15

Rank In Conference:

Florida: 13th

Buffalo: 15th

Power Play Ranking:

Florida: 20.0(10th)

Buffalo: 11.1(T-29th)

Penalty Kill Ratings:

Florida: 73.5(29th)

Buffalo: 80.7(18th)

Goals For:

Florida: 47(T-20th)

Buffalo: 49(T-17th)

Goals Against:

Florida: 69(30th)

Buffalo: 64(27th)

Shots For:

Florida: 551(12th)

Buffalo: 597(6th)

Shots Against:

Florida: 601(23rd)

Buffalo: 668(30th)

Blocked Shots:

Florida: 257(20th)

Buffalo: 292(8th)

Hits:

Florida: 412(15th)

Buffalo: 455(10th)

Face-Off Percentage:

Winnipeg: 50.0(17th)

Buffalo: 45.5(T-29th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Florida: Kopecky and Huberdeau(8), Mueller(6), Fleischmann and B. Campbell(5), Matthias(3)

Buffalo: Vanek(12), Hodgson(8), Pominville(7), Ennis(6)

Assists:

Florida: Fleischmann(9), Shore(8), B. Campbell(7), Weaver and Kulikov(6)

Buffalo: Vanek(15), Hodgson(9), Pominville, Ennis, and Ehrhoff(8), Foligno and Stafford(7)

Points:

Florida: Fleischmann(14), Kopecky and Huberdeau(13), B. Campbell(12), Mueller and Shore(9)

Buffalo: Vanek(27), Hodgson(17), Pominville(15), Ennis(14)

Plus/Minus:

Florida: Shore(+4), Mueller(+2), Huberdeau(+1), Roback and Timmins(EV)

Buffalo: Ehrhoff, Sulzer, Vanek, and Ott(+3), Brennan(+2), Hecht(+1), Pardy, Kaleta, Porter, and  Ellis(EV)

Penalty Minutes:

Florida: Kopecky and Parros(24), Upshall(15), Fleischmann, B. Campbell, and Strachan(12), Huberdeau and Kulikov(10)

Buffalo: Ott(38), Kaleta(29), Scott(26), Weber(25)

Shots:

Florida: Fleischmann(56), Shore(51), Huberdeau(49), Kopecky(48)

Buffalo: Vanek(71), Ennis(58), Hodgson(57), Stafford(55)

Blocked Shots:

Florida: Weaver(38), B. Campbell(30), Kuba and Kulikov(25), Strachan(21)

Buffalo: Ehrhoff(35), Leopold(31), Sekera(29), Weber(28)

Hits:

Florida: Kulikov(46), Smithson(45), Skille(42), Weaver(38)

Buffalo: Ott(86), Foligno(48), Weber(44), Kaleta(40)

Face-Off Wins:

Florida: Weiss(116), Smithson(108), Goc(107), Shore(85)

Buffalo: Hodgson(169), Ott(98), Ennis(91), Hecht(68)

Today Starting Goaltender Matchup:

Florida: Scott Clemmensen 2-1-2 3.62 GAA .876 SV% 0 SO

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 7-10-1 2.83 GAA .916 SV% 0 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: Feb 3 Panthers Won 4-3

Season Series: Panthers Lead 1-0-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 42-28-5

All-Time at Florida: Sabres Lead 18-17-2

Rolston gets first win as Sabres edge Lightning

It wasn’t easy and it wasn’t pretty, but the Buffalo Sabres were able to snap a four-game losing streak and earn the first National Hockey League win for interim coach Ron Rolston as they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 Tuesday night at the sold-out Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Tyler Myers broke a 1-1 tie and put Buffalo in the lead for good on the first shot for the Sabres in the final period, just 52 seconds after the faceoff. Myers took a pass from behind the Lightning net and one-timed it behind Mathieu Garon from the right faceoff circle.

“It was great, especially the way it was done,” Rolston said of his first coaching win. “The battle level and the competitive nature we had tonight was outstanding. You could just feel it on the bench, how dialed in the guys were. It’s great and I’m really happy for our team because we’ve seen a lot of really good signs and we just needed something to keep us moving in the right direction.”

Thomas Vanek picked up his second assist in the game on the goal, Myers’ third of the season. Jason Pominville also was credited with an assist.

The Lightning entered the game with a League-leading 33 third-period goals, but came up empty in the final period despite firing 12 shots at Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller.

“We got beat by a goaltender,” Lightning coach Guy Boucher said. “We just didn’t bury it tonight, plain and simple. We did have the offense; we usually do, but I have to give credit. The goalie on the other side was unbelievable today. It’s not like he was lucky; he played great, so I’ve got to give him credit.”

Miller finished with 30 saves and had praise for the team’s positional play.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2012020279&navid=sb:recap

Kopecky nets hat trick as Panthers fend off Penguins

Tomas Kopecky says he enjoys doing the dirty work. He likes it even more when his effort pays off the way it did Tuesday night.

By getting in front of the net, Kopecky sparked a Florida Panthers power play that finally came to life and led the way for a 6-4 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Kopecky had two of the Panthers’ four goals with the man advantage before completing his first career hat trick with an empty-netter. For good measure, he added an assist to tie his career high of four points.

“I probably learned from one of the best in the League,” Kopecky said, referring to former Detroit teammate Tomas Holmstrom. “It’s a fun part. Sometimes you get under other guys’ skin. Somebody’s got to do it and I love it. I’ve got no problem with it.”

Kopecky clearly had the Penguins frustrated after he scored his second goal in the second period. Pittsburgh forward Craig Adams cross-checked him in the back right after the goal, knocking Kopecky into goalie Tomas Vokoun.

Vokoun reacted by punching Kopecky, who quickly got up and confronted Vokoun. Before long, all players on the ice except Panthers goalie Jose Theodore were scuffling. In the end, five penalties were called, including two on Kopecky and one on Vokoun for roughing.

Kopecky, who had scored two goals five previous times in his career, recorded Florida’s first hat trick since Kris Versteeg did it in a 5-2 victory against the Winnipeg Jets on Nov. 10, 2011.

“One is an empty net but the other goals are scored within three feet of the net,” Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said. “That’s where he has to play the game to be most effective. When he takes the cute out of his game, he’s an extremely effective player. He was a big, big player for us tonight. We have some, you call them holes in our lineup, but there’s also a lot of guys that are ready to step up, and (number) 82 was certainly one of them tonight.”

Kopecky has six goals in his last six games and eight on the season, almost matching his total of 10 in 80 games last season.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2012020280&navid=sb:recap

This Day In Sabres History:

February 28, 1996 Plante Nets Game Winner in 3-2 Overtime Win Over the Senators

On This Date 17 years ago Derek Plante scores with 24 seconds left in overtime to give the Sabres a 3-2 win over the Senators, one of five game-winners on the season for the center, behind only Pat LaFontaine’s seven (in half a season). It’s Buffalo’s fourth win in a row. They’re around .500 and within striking distance of the playoffs, but just two wins in their next fourteen games seal their fate — the last game at Memorial Auditorium will indeed be the regular season finale against Hartford. As for Plante, he is enjoying the best season of his career, although the next year he will have fewer points and lead the team in scoring.

Injury Report:

Florida: Caruso Broken Wrist(IR/Out), Jovanovski Knee(IR/Out), Upshall Ankle(IR/Probable), Versteeg Chest(IR/Out), Bergenheim Undisclosed(Out), Weiss Personal(Questionable)

Buffalo: Leino Strained Right Hip(IR/Out), Sulzer Lower Body(IR/Out), Leopold Upper Body(Out)

Next 5 Games:

Mar 2 vs. New Jersey Devils 3:00 PM(MSG HD)

Mar 3 at New York Rangers 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

Mar 5 at Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Mar 7 at New Jersey Devils 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Mar 10 at Philadelphia Flyers 7:30 PM(NBCS HD TSN2 HD)

Rolston Picks Up First Win As Sabres Head Coach And Sabres Break Losing Streak With 2-1 Truimph Over The Lightning

It wasn’t the prettiest hockey game, but for new coach Ron Rolston and The Struggling Sabres they will take a Win any way they can get it. The Sabres rode Ryan Miller’s 31 Save Performance to a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Game started out like many Sabres games have this season with the opponents getting the jump on the Sabres early. Steven Stamkos scored his league leading 14th goal of the season 1:24 into the game when he was left all alone in front of Miller to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead. Miller would close the door the rest of the way stopping the next 31 shots that came his way. Cody Hodgson would net his 8th of the season almost 10 minutes later banking a shot off the skate of Lightning defensmen Sami Salo to tie the game at 1.

The Sabres Penalty Killing Units came up huge on the night to keep the score tied at 1 killing off all 6 Lightning Power Plays including a lengthy 5 on 3 in the 2nd Period. With the Strong Penalty Killing from the Sabres allowed them the chance to take the lead early in the 3rd Period when Tyler Myers shot from the face off circle beat Lightning Goalie Mathieu Garon. Ryan Miller picked up his 7th win of the season. Mathieu Garon stopped 19 Sabres Shots got hand his 5th loss of the season.

The Sabres will be back in Action on Thursday Night hoping to build off tonight victory when they visit the Florida Panthers. Puck Drop is 7:30 and can be seen on MSG HD.

Sitting at the bottom of the Conference, the Sabres look for a spark in Tampa Bay

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Last Game:
Tampa Bay: Feb 24 @ Penguins-Lightning Lost 3-5

Buffalo: Feb 23 vs. Islanders-Sabres Lost 4-0

Record:
Tampa Bay: 9-8-1
Buffalo: 6-12-1

Points:
Tampa Bay: 19
Buffalo: 13

Rank In Conference:
Tampa Bay: 8th
Buffalo: 15th

Power Play Ranking:
Tampa Bay: 23.9(6th)
Buffalo: 11.3(30th)

Penalty Kill Ratings:
Tampa Bay: 82.8(T-12th)
Buffalo: 79.2(20th)

Goals For:
Tampa Bay: 69(1st)
Buffalo: 47(19th)

Goals Against:
Tampa Bay: 57(26th)
Buffalo: 63(27th)

Shots For:
Tampa Bay:498(23rd)
Buffalo: 576(5th)

Shots Against:
Tampa Bay: 551(22nd)
Buffalo: 637(29th)

Blocked Shots:
Tampa Bay: 255(17th)
Buffalo: 278(10th)

Hits:
Tampa Bay: 394(15th)
Buffalo: 435(T-10th)

Face-Off Percentage:
Tampa Bay: 51.1(9th)
Buffalo: 45.7(30th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

Tampa Bay: Stamkos(13), Conacher(7), Lecavalier and Pouliot(6)
Buffalo: Vanek(12), Hodgson and Pominville(7), Ennis(6), Ott and Sulzer(3)

Assists:
Tampa Bay: St. Louis(20), Stamkos(16), Purcell(14), Lecavalier(11)
Buffalo: Vanek(13), Pominville, Ennis, Hodgson, Ehrhoff(8), Foligno and Stafford(7), Hecht(5)

Points:
Tampa Bay: Stamkos(29), St. Louis(24), Purcell(18), Conacher and Lecavalier(17)
Buffalo: Vanek(25), Pominville and Hodgson(15), Ennis(14), Ehrhoff(10)

Plus/Minus:
Tampa Bay: Salo(+12), Hedman(+10), Pouliot(+8), Purcell(+6)
Buffalo: Ott(+4), Sulzer(+3), Ehrhoff and Brennan(+2)

Penalty Minutes:
Tampa Bay: Crombeen(42), Aulie(29), Hall(23), Lecavalier(16)
Buffalo: Ott(38), Kaleta(29), Scott(26), Weber(25), Foligno(21)

Shots:
Tampa Bay: Stamkos(61), St. Louis(48), Lecavalier(46), Purcell(35)
Buffalo: Vanek(69), Ennis(57), Hodgson(55), Stafford(53), Pominville(50)

Blocked Shots:
Tampa Bay: Carle(37), Brewer(36), Hedman(35), Salo(23)
Buffalo: Ehrhoff(34), Leopold(31), Sekera(27), Weber(26)

Hits:
Tampa Bay: Lecavalier(51), Thompson(36), Aulie(33), Stamkos(29)
Buffalo: Ott(82), Foligno(45), Weber(43), Kaleta(39)

Face-Off Wins:
Tampa Bay: Lecavalier(201), Stamkos(130), Thompson(110), Hall(84)
Buffalo: Hodgson(159), Ott(91), Ennis(87), Hecht(68)

Today Starting Goaltender Matchup:
Tampa Bay: Anders Lindback 7-4-1 3.27 GAA .890 SV% 0 SO
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 6-10-1 2.94 GAA .913 SV% 0 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: Mar 19 2012 @ Lightning-Sabres Won 7-3

Season Series: Lightning Won 3-1-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 48-24-5
All-Time @ TBL: Sabres Lead 25-11-3

This Day In Sabres History:

February 26, 1987

Wilf Paiment scores the only hat trick of his time in Buffalo (one season), and the only hat trick of the year for the Sabres, in a 4-3 win over the Blues at the Aud. The Sabres won for the sixth time in seven games, one of the few bright stretches in a season that saw them finish 16 games under .500 and miss the playoffs for the second year in a row.

Injury Report:
Tampa Bay: Ohlund Knee Surgery(IR/Out), Taormina Undisclosed(IR/Out), Malone Lower Body(IR/Out)
Buffalo: Leino Strained Hip(IR/Out), Leopold Upper Body(Out), Sulzer Lower Body(IR/Out)

Next 5 Games:
Feb 27 at Florida Panthers 7:30 PM(MSG HD)
Mar 2 vs. New Jersey Devils 3:00 PM(MSG HD)
Mar 3 @ New York Rangers 7:30PM(MSG HD)
Mar 5 @ Carolina Hurricanes 7:00PM(MSG HD)
Mar 7 @ New Jersey Devils 7:00PM(MSG HD)

After losing their last three, the Sabres and new coach Rolston look to turn things around tonight against the Islanders

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Last Game:
NYI: Feb 21 @ Canadiens-Islanders Won 4-3(OT)

Buffalo: Feb 21 @ Maple Leafs-Sabres Lost 3-1

Record:
NYI: 7-9-1
Buffalo: 6-11-1

Points:
NYI: 15
Buffalo: 13

Rank In Conference:
NYI: 12th
Buffalo: 14th

Power Play Ranking:
NYI: 25.4(4th)
Buffalo: 12.3(29th)

Penalty Kill Ratings:
NYI: 83.3(T-9th)
Buffalo: 79.4(20th)

Goals For:
NYI: 49(T-7th)
Buffalo: 47(T-10th)

Goals Against:
NYI: 60(29th)
Buffalo: 59(28th)

Shots For:
NYI: 508(7th)
Buffalo: 541(T-3rd)

Shots Against:
NYI: 507(23rd)
Buffalo: 605(30th)

Blocked Shots:
NYI: 245(13th)
Buffalo: 265(5th)

Hits:
NYI: 334(19th)
Buffalo: 409(9th)

Face-Off Percentage:
NYI: 50.0(17th)
Buffalo: 45.3(30th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

NYI: Tavares(11), Moulson(9), Grabner(6), Boyes and Aucoin(4)
Buffalo: Vanek(12), Hodgson and Pominville(7), Ennis(6), Ott and Sulzer(3)

Assists:
NYI: Tavares(11), Moulson(10), Boyes(9), Nielsen(8), Streit, Hamonic, Visnovsky(5)
Buffalo: Vanek(13), Pominville, Ennis, Hodgson, Ehrhoff(8), Foligno and Stafford(7), Hecht(5)

Points:
NYI: Tavares(22), Moulson(19), Boyes(13), Nielsen(10), Grabner(9)
Buffalo: Vanek(25), Pominville and Hodgson(15), Ennis(14), Ehrhoff(10)

Plus/Minus:
NYI: Strait(+3), Visnovsky(+0)
Buffalo: Ott(+4), Vanek, Ehrhoff, Sulzer(+3), Brennan(+2)

Penalty Minutes:
NYI: Martin(32), Carkner(20), McDonald(19), Okposo(16)
Buffalo: Ott(38), Kaleta(27), Scott(26), Weber(23), Foligno(19)

Shots:
NYI: Tavares(67), Moulson(65), Grabner(41), Boyes(35), Okposo(32)
Buffalo: Vanek(63), Ennis(54), Hodgson(51), Pominville(49), Stafford(48)

Blocked Shots:
NYI: MacDonald(45), Hamonic(27), Streit(25), Nielsen(20)
Buffalo: Ehrhoff(32), Leopold(31), Sekera(25), Weber(23)

Hits:
NYI: Martin(66), McDonald(46), Strait(25), Hamonic(24)
Buffalo: Ott(79), Foligno(41), Weber(40), Kaleta(35)

Face-Off Wins:
NYI: Tavares(181), Neilsen(93), Aucoin(80), Reasoner(66)
Buffalo: Hodgson(148), Ennis and Ott(83), Hecht(67)

Today Starting Goaltender Matchup:
NYI: Evgeni Nabokov 7-6-1 3.11 GAA .895 SV% 0 SO
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 6-9-1 2.87 GAA .915 SV% 0 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: Feb 9 @ NYI-Sabres Won 3-2

Season Series: Sabres Lead 1-0-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 84-68-22
All-Time @ BUF: Sabres Lead 48-29-11

This Day In Sabres History:

February 23, 1983
The Sabres beat the Flyers 4-2 at the Aud to stop Philly goaltender Bob Froese’s unbeaten streak at 13 games, one short of an NHL record for rookies.

Injury Report:
NYI: Joensuu Sports Hernia Surgery(IR/Out), Carkner Lower Body(IR/Out)
Buffalo: Leino Strained Hip(IR/Out), Sekera Charley Horse(Questionable), Leopold Upper Bod(Doubtful)

Next 5 Games:
Feb 26 at Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30 PM(MSG HD)
Feb 27 at Florida Panthers 7:30 PM(MSG HD)
Mar 2 vs. New Jersey Devils 3:00 PM(MSG HD)
Mar 3 @ New York Rangers 7:30PM(MSG HD)
Mar 5 @ Carolina Hurricanes 7:00PM(MSG HD)

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Sabres face the Leafs with a new leader behind the bench

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Last Game:
Toronto: Feb 19 @ Lightning-Maple Leafs Lost 2-4

Buffalo: Feb 19 vs. Jets-Sabres Lost 2-1

Record:
Toronto: 10-7-0
Buffalo: 6-10-1

Points:
Toronto: 20
Buffalo: 13

Rank In Conference:
Toronto: T-5th
Buffalo: 13th

Power Play Ranking:
Toronto: 14.9(23rd)
Buffalo: 12.9(29th)

Penalty Kill Ratings:
Toronto: 81.4(17th)
Buffalo: 80.9(19th)

Goals For:
Toronto: 48(7th)
Buffalo: 46(8th)

Goals Against:
Toronto: 40(T-13th)
Buffalo: 56(T-28th)

Shots For:
Toronto: 473(T-9th)
Buffalo: 509(3rd)

Shots Against:
Toronto: 532(28th)
Buffalo: 569(30th)

Blocked Shots:
Toronto: 231(T-12th)
Buffalo: 248(7th)

Hits:
Toronto: 476(1st)
Buffalo: 372(12th)

Face-Off Percentage:
Toronto: 51.8(8th)
Buffalo: 44.6(30th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:

Toronto: van Riemsdyk(9), Frattin(7), Kadri and Bozak(5), Grabovski(4)
Buffalo: Vanek(12), Hodgson and Pominville(7), Ennis(5), Ott and Sulzer(3)

Assists:
Toronto: Kessel(10), Kadri(9), Kulemin and Franson(8), Bozak(6)
Buffalo: Vanek(13), Pominville, Ennis, Hodgson, Ehrhoff(8), Foligno(7), Stafford(6)

Points:
Toronto: Kadri(14), van Riemsdyk and Kessel(13), Bozak(11), Frattin(10)
Buffalo: Vanek(25), Pominville and Hodgson(15), Ennis(13), Ehrhoff(10)

Plus/Minus:
Toronto: Fraser(+13), Franson(+11), Frattin(+6), Kadri and Kessel(+5)
Buffalo: Ehrhoff, Sulzer, Ott(+4), Vanek(+3), Hecht and Brennan(+1)

Penalty Minutes:
Toronto: Orr(55), Brown(46), Fraser(29), Grabovski(24)
Buffalo: Ott(38), Kaleta(27), Weber(23), Scott(21), Foligno(19)

Shots:
Toronto: Kessel(66), van Riemsdyk(59), Kadri(38), Phaneuf(36)
Buffalo: Vanek(58), Hodgson(50), Ennis and Stafford(48), Pominville(44)

Blocked Shots:
Toronto: Kostka(33), Liles(25), Phaneuf(24), Fraser(19)
Buffalo: Leopold(31), Ehrhoff(29), Sekera(25), Weber(22)

Hits:
Toronto: Komarov(64), Phaneuf(43), Fraser(41), Orr(31)
Buffalo: Ott(70), Foligno(39), Weber(38), Kaleta(32)

Face-Off Wins:
Toronto: Bozak(223), Grabovski(154), Kadri(77), McClement(42)
Buffalo: Hodgson(136), Ennis(82), Ott(74), Hecht(65)

Today Starting Goaltender Matchup:
Toronto: Ben Scrivens 4-4-0 2.24 GAA .926 SV% 2 SO
Buffalo: Jhonas Enroth 0-2-0 4.75 GAA .847 SV% 0 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: Jan 29 @ Buffalo-Toronto Won 4-3(OT)

Season Series: Sabres Lead 1-0-1
All-Time: Sabres Lead 108-62-23
All-Time @ TOR: Sabres Lead 44-37-15

This Day In Sabres History:

February 21, 1974
Sabres’ defenseman Tim Horton dies in a car accident on the QEW near Saint Catharines, Ontario. He was 44. The Sabres host the Atlanta Flames at the Aud that night and pull out a 4-4 tie after trailing 4-1. The only Sabre ever to have died while an active player, Horton’s number 2 hangs in the rafters of the First Niagara Center.

Injury Report:
Toronto: Lupul Broken Forearm(IR/Out), Frattin Knee Surgery(IR/Out), Reimer Sprained Knee(IR/Out)
Buffalo: Leino Strained Hip(IR/Out), Sekera Charley Horse(Questionable)

Next 5 Games:
Feb 23 vs. New York Islanders 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Feb 26 at Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30 PM(MSG HD)
Feb 27 at Florida Panthers 7:30 PM(MSG HD)
Mar 2 vs. New Jersey Devils 3:00 PM(MSG HD)
Mar 3 @ New York Rangers 7:30PM(MSG HD)

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Amerks Coach Ron Rolston To Be Named Coach At Presser

Reports out of Rochester are saying that Amerks Head Coach Ron Rolston is on his way to Buffalo to become Head Coach of The Sabres. It is not know if it is going to be interim or full time head coach

Here Is Some Bullet-Points from Darcy Regier’s Press Conference Today:

  • Lindy Ruff has been Relieved As Head Coach Of the Buffalo Sabres
  • Darcy Thanked Lindy for Coaching the Sabres for the Last 16 Years
  • Amerks Head Coach Ron Rolston has been Named Interim Head Coach
  • Rolston Will Coach The Reminder Of The Season
  • Rolston and Regier are on their way to Toronto to meet with Team
  • Regier Made His Decision Based on lack of progress by the team
  • The Decision was made today with talks going on between Darcy and Lindy during Practice and Lindy’s Super Sunday Talk with High School Kids
  • Claimed That The Media Took his comments about not Firing Ruff out of context
  • The Loss To the Winnipeg Jets Last Night was the tipping point on his decision
  • Said it was his decision alone to fire Lindy Ruff. Wasn’t Told by Terry Pegula, Ted Black, or Ken Sawyer to fire Lindy
  • Isn’t Worried About His Own Future
  • Lots of Unknowns on the team
  • Saying players have to start producing. Called out the Ennis, Stafford, and Foligno Line for not producing
  • Said Lindy Never Lose the team with respect to communication, just didn’t translate on the ice
  • Lindy found out when he got home after practice. Once Ruff found out Lindy Returned to the Arena to say goodbye to the team
  • Thinks that the players will respond
  • Rolston Coaching Style is different from Lindy, but not drastically
  • Kevin Porter has been recalled from Rochester

Sabres Fire Coach Lindy Ruff, Presser At 5:00 PM

Today The Buffalo Sabres have Fired Head Coach Lindy Ruff. Press Conference will be held at 5:00 PM at First Niagara Center. It is unclear if the Sabres will name a replacement at that time. TSN Insider Bob McKenzie has  tweeted that it is likely that Rochester Amerks Head Coach Ron Rolston will be named the interim head coach.

Reports out of Rochester Say that Ron Rolston will be Named Interim Coach

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Sabres Close Home Stand With Visit From Jets

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Last Game:

Winnipeg: Feb 17 vs. Bruins Loss 3-2

Buffalo:  Feb 17 vs. Penguins Loss 4-3

Record:

Winnipeg: 5-8-1

Buffalo: 6-9-1

Points:

Winnipeg: 11

Buffalo: 13

Rank In Conference:

Winnipeg: 14th

Buffalo: 12th

Power Play Ranking:

Winnipeg: 18.0(15th)

Buffalo: 13.6(T-26th)

Penalty Kill Ratings:

Winnipeg: 65.9(30th)

Buffalo: 80.6(T-18th)

Goals For:

Winnipeg: 35(T-22nd)

Buffalo: 45(T-6th)

Goals Against:

Winnipeg: 45(23rd)

Buffalo: 54(T-29th)

Shots For:

Winnipeg: 395(T-24th)

Buffalo: 479(3rd)

Shots Against:

Winnipeg: 390(6th)

Buffalo: 541(30th)

Blocked Shots:

Winnipeg: 214(T-10th)

Buffalo: 233(6th)

Hits:

Winnipeg: 367(8th)

Buffalo: 348(11th)

Face-Off Percentage:

Winnipeg: 51.6(9th)

Buffalo: 44.2(30th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Winnipeg: Ladd(7), Wheeler and E. Kane(4), Byfuglien(3), Enstrom, Little, O. Jokinen, Burmistrov(2)

Buffalo: Vanek(12), Hodgson(7), Pominville(6), Ennis(5)

Assists:

Winnipeg: Enstrom(11), Wheeler and E. Kane(7), Little(6), Ladd(5)

Buffalo: Vanek(13), Pominville, Ennis, and Ehrhoff(8), Hodgson and Foligno(7), Stafford(6)

Points:

Winnipeg: Enstrom(13), Ladd(12), Wheeler and E. Kane(11), Little(8)

Buffalo: Vanek(25), Pominville and Hodgson(14), Ennis(13), Ehrhoff(10)

Plus/Minus:

Winnipeg: Little(+3), Ladd, Antropov, Burmistrov, Tangradi(+2), Bogosian(+1), 7 Tied With Even Rating

Buffalo: Ehrhoff(+6), Sulzer(+5), Vanek and Ott(+4), Hecht(+1)

Penalty Minutes:

Winnipeg: Thorburn(39), Wright(24), M. Stuart(21), Redmond(12)
Buffalo: Ott(38), Kaleta(25), Weber(23), Scott and Foligno(19)

Shots:

Winnipeg: E. Kane(53), Wheeler(36), O. Jokinen and Ladd(32), Byfuglien(30)

Buffalo: Vanek(55), Stafford(47), Ennis(46), Hodgson(44)

Blocked Shots:

Winnipeg: Hainsey(40), M. Stuart(26), Enstrom(21), Postam(17)

Buffalo: Leopold(31), Ehrhoff(28), Sekera(25), Weber(21)

Hits:

Winnipeg: E. Kane(43), Burmistrov(40), Stuart(31), Ladd(29)

Buffalo: Ott(64), Foligno(39), Weber(33), Kaleta(26)

Face-Off Wins:

Winnipeg: Little(104), O. Jokinen(100), Slater(81), Burmistrov(64)

Buffalo: Hodgson(126), Ott and Ennis(73), Hecht(61), Grigorenko(29)

Today Starting Goaltender Matchup:

Winnipeg: Ondrej Pavelec 3-8-1 3.14 GAA .889 SV% 0 SO

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 6-7-1 2.91 GAA .914 SV% 0 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: Mar 5, 2012 Jets Won 3-1

Season Series: Jets Won 3-0-1

All-Time: Jets Lead 26-16-6

All-Time vs. WPG: Sabres Lead 14-6-4

Top line leads Pens past Sabres in third-period rally

When Sidney Crosby comes to Buffalo, so do the points.

In the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 4-3 victory against the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday at First Niagara Center, Crosby recorded a goal and two assists and that’s nothing new for the Penguins’ captain.

Crosby has points in 20 of 22 games against the Sabres and at least one point in 14 consecutive games. He also has eight goals and 11 assists when playing at First Niagara Center in his career, earning at least one point in each of his 13 games here.

“I don’t know if I want to talk about it,” Crosby said, knocking on the wooden bench in the visitor’s dressing room. “It’s been good … For whatever reason, I’ve been able to put some points up, but it’s great ice here. That’s all I can say.”

Defenseman Paul Martin scored the game-winner with 2:04 to play in the third period. The puck was poked off of Crosby’s stick in the Buffalo zone and ended up on Martin’s tape just after he came off the bench.

Martin’s shot from the point deflected off Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff and past goaltender Ryan Miller.

“[Crosby] was trying to pass it and it kind of found its way towards me. I just put it to the net and it went in,” Martin said. “Let it go, see what happens.”

Crosby’s line with Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz stepped up for the Penguins. Dupuis scored twice and Kunitz recorded three assists. Crosby assisted on the team’s two third period goals and has six points in his last three games.

“For us to be patient and continue to work and find a way to win in the end is big on the road,” Martin said.

Buffalo’s goals came from Cody Hodgson, Thomas Vanek and Steve Ott.

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Bruins keep Jets grounded with 3-2 road win

Conventional wisdom around the National Hockey League is the rowdy MTS Centre crowd is supposed to smooth over the Winnipeg Jets’ various blemishes.

But the Boston Bruins fear no building and took a 3-2 decision Sunday evening against the Jets. The win moved Boston’s road mark to 5-1-1 and tempered the lingering sting of a sloppy loss against the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night that kicked off a five-game journey for the Bruins.

A number of significant wins on Winnipeg ice last season – including two wins against the Bruins, one of which snapped a 14-0-1 Boston streak — bolstered MTS Centre’s reputation around the League. But visitors to the 15,015-seat building have adjusted, and the home-ice advantage now seems a bit less formidable for a Winnipeg team that has lost four straight games at home and won just three of eight so far in Winnipeg this season.

“Our homestands last season were a strength of our team,” Jets coach Claude Noel said of his squad, which now faces a five-game road trip of its own. “You know that if you don’t have a good road trip, it’s going to be a tough grind.”

Winnipeg (5-8-1) sent only 24 shots at Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask while Pavelec made 23 saves for the Jets. Winnipeg’s Alexander Burmistrov and Evander Kane tallied for the hosts. Tyler Seguin and Daniel Paille also supplied goals for the Bruins, who played without Milan Lucic. Veteran Jay Pandolfo made his season debut in place of Lucic, who returned to Boston on Saturday to attend to a personal matter.

“After a couple of tough losses,” Rask said, “we needed to get the win.”

Boston (9-2-2) moved into second place in the Eastern Conference, while the Jets are mired in 14th place.

“It was a big one,” Bruins captain Zdeno Chara said of picking up a win after allowing three third-period goals that erased a second-intermission lead against the Sabres. “It was a hard win.”

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2012020214&navid=sb:recap

This Day In Sabres History:

February 19, 2012 Sabres Dominate Penguins 6-2 on Hockey Day In America

On this day last year the Sabres had their most impressive and dominate performance of the 2011-2012 Season in the Sabres 6-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins Sabres got 2 goals from Derek Roy, 1 of which was short handed. The Sabres also got goals from Jason Pominville, Paul Gaustad, Drew Stafford, and Tyler Ennis. Penguins got goals from Deryk Engelland and Jordan Staal. Ryan Miller got the win making 24 Saves on the afternoon.

Injury Report:

Winnipeg: Miettinen Upper Body(IR/Out), Montoya Lower Body(IR/Out), Enstrom Shoulder(Out)

Buffalo: Leino Strained Right Hip(IR/Out), Sekera Charley Horse(Doubtful)

Next 5 Games:

Feb 21 at Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Feb 23 vs. New York Islanders 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Feb 26 at Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

Feb 27 at Florida Panthers 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

Mar 2 vs. New Jersey Devils 3:00 PM(MSG HD)

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Three 3rd Period Goals Power Sabres To 4-2 Victory Over Rival Bruins

The Sabres kicked off their 3 game home stand on a good note with a 4-2 victory over the Northeast Division leading Boston Bruins. Drew Stafford finally found the back of the net when he fired a wrist shot from the slot that beat Anton Khudobin 3:24 into the game. Boston would answer before the first would end however on the Power Play from a Dougie Hamilton shot with 2:04 left.

The Bruins would get on the board early in the 2nd Period to take a 2-1 lead after Rich Peverley deposited a bad bounce off the end boards past Ryan Miller 2:29 into the 2nd. It would be the last goal that would get past Miller on the night. The Sabres were outplayed by the Bruins and were outshot 17-6. Miller made 16 of his 30 Saves on the night in the 2nd Period to hold the Sabres in the game.

The Sabres would control the 3rd Period outshooting the Bruins 10-3 and outscoring them 3-0. Tyler Myers would tie the game netting his 2nd of the Season as he would deposit a juicy rebound left by Khudobin into the yawning net. Christian Ehrhoff would net the game winner 9 minutes into the 3rd Period firing a wrist shot from the slot past Khudobin. Cody Hodgson would give the Sabres insurance getting his 6th of the Season with less than 9 minutes left. Miller picked up his 6th win on the Season stopping 30 of 32 Bruins Shots faced. The Sabres had a better night against Bruins Rookie Netminder Khudobin scoring 4 times on 26 shots, handing the Rookie his first loss of the Season.

The Sabres will be home on Sunday as part of Hockey Day In America when they host Sidney Crosby and The Pittsburgh Penguins. Puck Drop is scheduled for 12:30 PM and can be seen on NBC HD.

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