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Sabres Hope To Open Up 3 Game Homestand On The Right Foot Against Rival Bruins

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Last Game:

Boston: Feb 12 vs. NY Rangers Loss(SO) 4-3

Buffalo: Feb 12 at Senators Loss 2-0

Record:

Boston: 8-1-2

Buffalo: 5-8-1

Points:

Boston: 18

Buffalo: 11

Rank In Conference:

Boston: 2nd

Buffalo: 15th

Power Play Ranking:

Boston: 9.3(29th)

Buffalo: 13.5(26th)

Penalty Kill Ratings:

Boston: 93.5(1st)

Buffalo: 82.0(15th)

Goals For:

Boston: 30(23rd)

Buffalo: 38(10th)

Goals Against:

Boston: 24(3rd)

Buffalo: 48(29th)

Shots For:

Boston: 361(19th)

Buffalo: 420(5th)

Shots Against:

Boston: 294(T-3rd)

Buffalo: 474(30th)

Blocked Shots:

Boston: 147(27th)

Buffalo: 207(T-6th)

Hits:

Boston: 307(10th)

Buffalo: 296(T-12th)

Face-Off Percentage:

Boston: 58.2(1st)

Buffalo: 43.9(30th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Boston: Marchand(7), Krejci and Horton(4), Lucic(3), Seguin, Chara, and P. Bergeron(2)

Buffalo: Vanek(11), Pominville(6), Hodgson and Ennis(5), Sulzer(3)

Assists:

Boston: Krejci(7), Lucic and P. Bergeron(5), Seguin and Hamilton(4), 6 Tied With 3 Assists

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

Points:

Boston: Krejci(11), Marchand and Lucic(8), Horton and P. Bergeron(7), Seguin(6)

Buffalo: Vanek(23), Pominville(14), Hodgson(12), Ennis(10)

Plus/Minus:

Boston: Seguin(+8), Krejci(+7), P. Bergeron(+6), Seidenberg and J. Boychuk(+5)

Buffalo: Vanek and Sulzer(+4), Ehrhoff(+3), Ott(+2), Kaleta(+1)

Penalty Minutes:

Boston: Lucic(30), S. Thornton(25), G. Campbell(22), McQuaid(15)
Buffalo: Ott(26), Kaleta(25), Weber(21), Scott and Foligno(19)

Shots:

Boston: P. Bergeron(39), Seguin(34), Horton(30), Hamilton and Chara(28)

Buffalo: Vanek(51), Stafford(40), Pominville and Ennis(39), Hodgson(37)

Blocked Shots:

Boston: J. Boychuk(22), Seidenberg(18), Chara and Ference(16), McQuaid(11)

Buffalo: Leopold(26), Sekera(23), Ehrhoff(22), Weber(20)

Hits:

Boston: Lucic(45), Chara(29), Seidenberg(27), Ference and McQuaid(22)

Buffalo: Ott(48), Foligno(31), Weber(30), Kaleta(22)

Face-Off Wins:

Boston: P. Bergeron(137), Krejci(91), Kelly(73), Peverley(55)

Buffalo: Hodgson(119), Ott(64), Ennis(62), Hecht(44)

Today Starting Goaltender Matchup:

Boston: Anton Khudobin 2-0-0 2.00 GAA .931 SV% 0 SO

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 5-6-1 2.89 GAA .915 SV% 0 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: Feb 10 Bruins Won 3-1

Season Series: Tied 1-1-0

All-Time: Bruins Lead 120-107-37

All-Time vs. BOS: Sabres Lead 70-42-21

Anderson, Senators blank Sabres 2-0

Craig Anderson refused to take credit for his 42-save shutout of the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night. Instead, Ottawa’s goaltender was quick to praise his teammates for their role in the Senators’ 2-0 victory at Scotiabank Place.

“I’m just giving the team a chance to win,” Anderson said after setting a franchise record for the most saves in a shutout. “I’m trying to control my rebounds as best as possible. The guys in front are doing a great job of boxing out and cleaning up any garbage, and it allows me to see the puck.”

The previous franchise record for saves in a shutout was 35, held by Dominik Hasek, Ron Tugnutt and Martin Gerber.

Sabres coach Lindy Ruff felt his team didn’t do enough to make Anderson’s life difficult.

“Anderson was great,” Ruff said. “I didn’t think we got enough traffic on some of the shots. When you see him, you know he’s had a good year and he’s going to make those saves. We didn’t quite get in front of him so he couldn’t make that first save.”

Erik Karlsson and Erik Condra scored less than two minutes apart in the second period for the Senators, who had lost their last two games. Karlsson’s first career shorthanded goal broke Ottawa’s offensive drought – the Senators had gone 121:35 without scoring. The reigning Norris Trophy winner leads the Senators with six goals this season.

Five of Anderson’s saves in his second shutout of the season came against NHL scoring leader Thomas Vanek, who was held off the scoresheet by the Senators for the second time this month. Vanek leads the League with 11 goals and 23 points.

The Sabres have lost their last two games.

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After three-goal lead, Rangers top Bruins in shootout

After a third period to forget, the New York Rangers left Causeway Street with a victory to remember — and one they can use as a learning tool.

Despite squandering a 3-0 lead in the third period, the Rangers rode shootout goals by Rick Nash and Ryan Callahan to a 4-3 victory – their third straight win – against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.

The Bruins scored twice the final two minutes of regulation to tie the game with goaltender Tuukka Rask on the bench for an extra attacker.

“We have to learn from it,” Callahan said. “We have to play harder in third periods with the lead in away buildings. We have to realize that, but at the same time we showed some character not giving up and not folding the tent in overtime. I thought we came back and we had a good overtime. At the end of the day, we find a way to get two points in a tough place to play.”

The Bruins’ three-game winning streak came to an end, and they took their first defeat in three shootouts this season. The Bruins started their rally just as their fourth failed power play of the night expired. One second after Nash left the box, David Krejci flipped a rebound over Henrik Lundqvist’s right pad into the back of the net at 8:44.

Nathan Horton trimmed the Rangers’ lead to 3-2. Andrew Ference’s shot went off Lundqvist’s chest and Horton buried the rebound with 1:31 remaining. The Bruins pressured as the clock crept below a minute to play. Gregory Campbell was causing havoc in front of the net when Patrice Bergeron’s shot was blocked to Brad Marchand, who buried it short side from a tough angle to tie the game at 3 with 43 ticks remaining.

“I don’t think we competed as hard as I’ve seen us compete at the beginning. I thought that was probably down a notch and we needed to compete a little bit better if we wanted to win this hockey game,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “So to gain a point after being down 3-0 in the third certainly is something to be happy about.

But I don’t think we’re going to get carried away with thinking this was a great situation. I think we’re fortunate to get this point, and we’ll take it and hopefully learn from it.”

For his efforts, Lundqvist was awarded the Rangers’ “Broadway Hat.” He finished with 37 saves in regulation and overtime, then stopped three of four Boston attempts in the shootout. Only Marchand beat him.

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This Day In Sabres History:

February 15, 1989

Mike Foligno is named captain two days after Lindy Ruff turns in the C. The Sabres beat New Jersey at the Aud, 5-3.

Injury Report:

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

Buffalo: Leino Strained Right Hip(IR/Out)

Next 5 Games:

Feb 17 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins 12:30 PM(NBC HD/TSN2 HD)

Feb 19 vs. Winnipeg Jets 7:00 PM(MSG HD/TSN HD)

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)

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Sabres Host Bruins For First Of 2 Meetings This Week

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Last Game:

Boston: Feb 6 at Canadiens Won 2-1

Buffalo: Feb 9 at NY Islanders Won 3-2

Record:

Boston: 7-1-1

Buffalo: 5-6-1

Points:

Boston: 15

Buffalo: 11

Rank In Conference:

Boston: 2nd

Buffalo: 11th

Power Play Ranking:

Boston: 8.8(30th)

Buffalo: 15.6(T-22nd)

Penalty Kill Ratings:

Boston: 92.3(2nd)

Buffalo: 79.2(18th)

Goals For:

Boston: 24(T-22nd)

Buffalo: 37(T-4th)

Goals Against:

Boston: 20(T-1st)

Buffalo: 43(30th)

Shots For:

Boston: 282(T-25th)

Buffalo: 352(5th)

Shots Against:

Boston: 239(3rd)

Buffalo: 404(30th)

Blocked Shots:

Boston: 129(25th)

Buffalo: 168(T-9th)

Hits:

Boston: 260(11th)

Buffalo: 244(14th)

Face-Off Percentage:

Boston: 59.4(1st)

Buffalo: 43.0(30th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Boston: Marchand(5), Krejci and Horton(3), Seguin, Chara, and Lucic(2), 7 Tied With 1 Goal

Buffalo: Vanek(11), Pominville(6), Hodgson(5), Ennis(4)

Assists:

Boston: Krejci(6), Seguin, P. Bergeron, Hamilton(4), Horton, Chara, Lucic, and Kelly(3), Peverley, G. Campbell, and Paille(2)

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

Points:

Boston: Krejci(9), Marchand, Horton, and Seguin(6), Chara, Lucic, and P. Bergeron(5), Hamilton(4)

Buffalo: Vanek(23), Pominville(14), Hodgson(12), Ennis(9)

Plus/Minus:

Boston: Seguin(+7), Krejci(+6), Lucic and J. Boychuk(+5), P Bergeron(+4)

Buffalo: Vanek(+6), Ehrhoff(+5), Sulzer(+4), Ott(+3)

Penalty Minutes:

Boston: Lucic(28), S. Thornton(25), Chara(14), McQuaid(13)
Buffalo: Ott(22), Scott(19), Kaleta(18), Weber(17)

Shots:

Boston: P. Bergeron(31), Seguin(29), Horton(26), Peverley(24)

Buffalo: Vanek(45), Pominville(36), Hodgson, Ennis, and Stafford(33), Ehrhoff(23)

Blocked Shots:

Boston: J. Boychuk(20), Seidenberg(17), Chara and Ference(14), P. Bergeron, Krejci, Hamilton, and McQuaid(7)

Buffalo: Sekera and Leopold(19), Ehrhoff(18), Weber(16), Myers(12)

Hits:

Boston: Lucic(37), Chara(25), Seidenberg(23), Ference(22)

Buffalo: Ott(39), Foligno and Weber(28), Myers(18), Kaleta(17)

Face-Off Wins:

Boston: P. Bergeron(111), Krejci(78), Kelly(58), Peverley(48)

Buffalo: Hodgson(97), Ennis(53) Ott(52), Hecht(33)

Today Starting Goaltender Matchup:

Boston: Tuukka Rask 6-1-1 1.97 GAA .922 SV% 1 SO

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 5-4-1 3.07 GAA .909 SV% 0 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: Jan 31 Sabres Won 7-4

Season Series: Sabres Lead 1-0-0

All-Time: Bruins Lead 120-107-37

All-Time vs. BOS: Sabres Lead 70-41-21

Miller saves Sabres in win over Islanders

It’s been an up-and-down season for Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller. Saturday night was definitely one of the ups.

Miller stopped 41 shots, and Alexander Sulzer scored the go-ahead goal 7:35 into the third period as the Sabres defeated the New York Islanders 3-2 despite being outshot 43-15.

The Sabres had allowed four or more goals in each of their past six games. Miller is the only reason it’s not seven in a row.

“Every season you’re going to have a couple of games like that,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “Our puck movement wasn’t good, we got caught in our end a few times, but Ryan made the big saves when we needed them.”

Miller did get a little help from his goal posts in the third period. A rocket from the right circle by John Tavares rang off the right post, and Tavares’ backhander on a penalty shot with 3:53 left also drew iron and stayed out.

“I just wanted to not give him a lot of room,” Miller said. “He wanted me to slide a little bit back to the blocker side. He made a nice move, and I tried to take him as far as I could, push him outside, and I got a good bounce.”

Tavares said, “I just didn’t put it in. It hit the post and stayed out. I got the room that I needed and it just was not enough.”

The win gave the Sabres back-to-back victories after they went 3-6-1 in their first 10 games.

“We need to win all different ways,” Miller said. “We just need to win. Tonight it worked out a little bit better for me. We got some good bounces and I was able to get in the way a little bit more than in the last few games.”

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Bruins score twice in third to defeat Canadiens

Tyler Seguin certainly made his coach look pretty good Wednesday night.

Boston’s Claude Julien moved Seguin to the wing on a line with David Krejci and Milan Lucic in the second intermission. Seguin then scored the tying goal and helped set up Krejci’s winner on his first two shifts of the third period to lead the Bruins to a 2-1 victory against the Montreal Canadiens in the first of four meetings this season between the bitter Northeast Division rivals.

“The coaches said they wanted to give a little spark and see what happens,” Seguin said. “Obviously with the first two shifts we were able to pop in two goals, so it worked out.”

It was Seguin’s second goal of the season — the first on which he beat a goaltender, with his other goal coming into an empty net Jan. 28 against the Carolina Hurricanes. He had a goal called back and had another shot hit the knob of goaltender James Reimer’s stick in a 1-0 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.

But Seguin’s production had largely been lacking until he was placed on that wing with Krejci and Lucic, swapping spots with Nathan Horton who moved to a line with Patrice Bergeron and Gregory Campbell.

“We needed to create more scoring chances because I didn’t think we had enough in the first two periods,” Julien said. “We tweaked the lines a little bit and the guys responded well.”

Tuukka Rask was tremendous in goal for the Bruins (7-1-1), particularly during a first period when his team was outshot 11-4 and he was forced into a number of key saves to get Boston to intermission in a scoreless tie. Rask finished with 21 saves and allowed one goal or fewer for the fifth time in eight starts this season.

“Part of our game plan was that we needed to come out of the first either tied or ahead,” Julien said. “We were tied, but Tuukka was the big reason why we were tied.

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This Day In Sabres History:

February 10, 1977 Desjardins Suffers Eye Injury In Sabres 4-3 Win Over Bruins

On this Date 36 Years Ago The Sabres beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 at Memorial Auditorium. The Biggest Story of the Game was when a Bruins Shot caught Sabres Starting Goaltender Gerry Desjardins in his mask and caused a cataract in his eye. Desjardins would not be able to recover only play until the 77-78 Season with the Sabres before he was forced to retire due to complications of his injury.

Injury Report:

Boston: Savard Post-Concussion Syndrome(IR/Out), Caron Upper Body(IR/Out), Marchand Upper Body(Doubtful), S. Thornton Concussion(Probable), Paille Eye(Probable)

Buffalo: Leino Strained Right Hip(IR/Out), Regehr Lower Body(IR/Out)

Next 5 Games:

Feb 12 at Ottawa Senators 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

Feb 15 vs. Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Feb 17 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins 12:30 PM(NBC HD/TSN2 HD)

Feb 19 vs. Winnipeg Jets 7:00 PM(MSG HD/TSN HD)

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

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Miller Holds Off Islanders in 3-2 Sabres Victory

Ryan Miller had his strongest performance so far this season in the Sabres 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders. Miller who has struggled for the most part this season had his best game of the season stopping 41 of 43 Islanders Shots. Miller picked up his 5th win on the season. Miller had to be in top form because the Sabres were outplayed on the night and outshot 43-15. Thomas Vanek also kept his red-hot season going picking up a goal and assists on the night. Cody Hodgson also had a 2 point night.

The Sabres got on the board first when Vanek deposited a Cody Hodgson rebound past Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov 9:11 into the game. The Islanders would strike late in the frame to tie the game at 1 when Tavares scored on a wrap-around. Christian Ehrhoff picked up his 1st goal of the season with 7:39 left in the 2nd Period finishing up a give and go with Cody Hodgson during 4 on 4 play. For the 2nd Period in a row the Islanders would tally a late goal from Colin McDonald. Alexander Sulzer would net the game winner with 12:25 left in regulation when his shot got past Nabokov. Nabokov only made 12 saves on the night getting his 5th loss of the season.

The Sabres return to action again tomorrow night against Zdeno Chara and the Rival Boston Bruins. Puck Drop is at 7:00 PM and can be seen on MSG HD.

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Sabres Head To The Island Looking For 2 Points

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Last Game:

NY Islanders: Feb 7 at NY Rangers Loss 4-1

Buffalo: Feb 7 vs. Canadiens Win(SO) 5-4

Record:

NY Islanders: 4-5-1

Buffalo: 4-6-1

Points:

NY Islanders: 9

Buffalo: 9

Rank In Conference:

NY Islanders: 10th

Buffalo: 14th

Power Play Ranking:

NY Islanders: 20.9(14th)

Buffalo: 16.3(21st)

Penalty Kill Ratings:

NY Islanders: 87.9(5th)

Buffalo: 77.8(19th)

Goals For:

NY Islanders: 30(11th)

Buffalo: 35(4th)

Goals Against:

NY Islanders: 34(25th)

Buffalo: 41(T-29th)

Shots For:

NY Islanders: 291(16th)

Buffalo: 337(4th)

Shots Against:

NY Islanders: 307(19th)

Buffalo: 361(29th)

Blocked Shots:

NY Islanders: 132(22nd)

Buffalo: 145(14th)

Hits:

NY Islanders: 188(23rd)

Buffalo: 231(15th)

Face-Off Percentage:

NY Islanders: 49.2(T-19th)

Buffalo: 42.5(30th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

NY Islanders: Tavares and Grabner(5), Moulson and Aucoin(4), Boyes and Streit(3), Ullstrom(2)

Buffalo: Vanek(10), Pominville(6), Hodgson(5), Ennis(4)

Assists:

NY Islanders: Nielsen(8), Tavares(7), Moulson(6), Boyes(4)

Buffalo: Vanek(11), Pominville(8), Foligno(6), Ehrhoff, Ennis, and Hodgson(5)

Points:

NY Islanders: Tavares(12), Moulson(10), Nielsen(8), Grabner and Boyes(7)

Buffalo: Vanek(21), Pominville(14), Hodgson(10), Ennis(9)

Plus/Minus:

NY Islanders: Ullstrom and McDonald(EV), Nielsen and A. MacDonald(-1) 7 Tied with a -2 Rating

Buffalo: Vanek(+5), Sulzer and Ehrhoff(+4), Ott(+2), Kaleta, Weber, and Ennis(+1)

Penalty Minutes:

NY Islanders: Martin and Carkner(20), McDonald(19), Hamonic(10)
Buffalo: Ott(22), Scott(19), Kaleta(18), Weber(17)

Shots:

NY Islanders: Tavares(36), Grabner(32), Moulson(29), Okposo(21)

Buffalo: Vanek(42), Pominville(34), Hodgson(33), Stafford(31)

Blocked Shots:

NY Islanders: A. MacDonald(24), Hamonic(14), Nielsen and Streit(13), Grabner(10)

Buffalo: Sekera and Leopold(18), Ehrhoff(16), Leopold(12), Weber(11)

Hits:

NY Islanders: Martin(37), McDonald(30), Hamonic(19), Strait(18)

Buffalo: Ott(35), Foligno(27), Weber(25), Myers(18)

Face-Off Wins:

NY Islanders: Tavares(105), Aucoin(60), Reasoner(51), Nielsen(50)

Buffalo: Hodgson(88), Ennis(48) Ott(47), Hecht(29)

Today Starting Goaltender Matchup:

NY Islanders: Evgeni Nabokov 4-4-1 3.00 GAA .903 SV% 0 SO

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 4-4-1 3.19 GAA .902 SV% 0 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: Feb 21, 2012 Sabres Won 2-1

Season Series: Islanders Won 2-1-1

All-Time: Sabres Lead 73-55-22

All-Time at NYI: Tied 32-32-11

After late goal, Sabres defeat Canadiens in shootout

Thomas Vanek continues to carry the Buffalo Sabres on his shoulders.

The NHL’s leading scorer jammed home his second goal of the game with 1.9 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game, and the Sabres beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-4 in a shootout at First Niagara Center on Thursday night.

Vanek has 21 points in the 10 games he’s played and has a point in all but one game this season. His 10 goals also lead the NHL.

“He’s got the knack. He knows where to go, and when he’s riding a hot stretch, sometimes he’s unstoppable,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said.

With teammates Marcus Foligno, Tyler Ennis and Steve Ott all crashing the net, Vanek broke free from Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec and, as he fell to his knees, put the puck past a swarm of bodies and behind Montreal goaltender Peter Budaj.

Captain Jason Pominville’s goal in the top of the third round of the shootout gave the Sabres the extra point.

Until Vanek’s goal, it looked like the Canadiens were going to leave Buffalo with two points. Montreal took a 3-2 lead with 1:08 to play in the second period on a 5-on-3 power-play goal by defenseman P.K. Subban.

The Canadiens power play deftly moved the puck around the Buffalo zone to set up Subban’s go-ahead goal. Max Pacioretty fed defenseman Andrei Markov near the top of the faceoff circle, and Markov who then one-touched it over to Subban, whose one-timer knocked the water bottle off the top of the net. Subban has points in each of the four games he has played this season after re-signing with the Canadiens.

The Canadiens made it 4-2 after center Tomas Plekanec beat Sabres defensemen Mike Weber and Tyler Myers to the puck and put a shot past goaltender Ryan Miller 45 seconds into the third period.

Buffalo failed to convert on four power-play opportunities in the second period, including a 46-second 5-on-3 chance. The Sabres finished 1-for-7 in 11:14 of power-play time. Budaj made two big saves on Vanek in the second to help kill off that 5-on-3 shorthanded situation.

“We had a lot of chances, myself included in the second,” Vanek said. “We could’ve had two or three and I just thought to myself, ‘Maybe it’s one of those nights,’ but we just kept going and at the end, I got rewarded. As a team, we got two points that we really needed.”

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Rangers dominate Islanders in 4-1 victory

J.T. Miller is solving all of the problems that have plagued the New York Rangers so far this season.

OK, so that may be a bit of a stretch, but the rookie center playing in just his second career NHL game and his first at Madison Square Garden on Thursday did contribute two goals, including one on the power play, to lift the Rangers to a 4-1 victory over the New York Islanders — with his mom, grandmother and girlfriend among the 17,200 in attendance.

“I couldn’t draw that up any better,” Miller told NHL.com after finishing his second wave of interviews with the media. “I was a lot more fired up for the second goal. The first one, I didn’t know what to do.”

Miller, who was called up earlier in the week and debuted on Tuesday to positive reviews from coach John Tortorella in a 3-1 loss at New Jersey, jump-started the Rangers with his first career NHL goal 89 seconds into the game and then brought life to a reeling power play with his breakaway goal late in the second period.

The Rangers also got a first-period goal from Marian Gaborik, an empty-net goal from Ryan McDonagh and a pair of assists from Marc Staal. They held the Islanders to 0-for-5 on the power play and Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves.

Even with all of their struggles, including a power play that is now 4-for-37, the Rangers have won four of their last six games after a 1-3-0 start. They are 3-0-0 when scoring first.

“It’s been a bumpy start for us, but we’re working really hard right now to try and correct everything,” Lundqvist said. “I thought [Thursday night] we did a lot of good things. Even the last couple of games we’ve been doing a lot of good things, but it hasn’t paid off for us. [Thursday night] we got a good start.”

The Islanders, meanwhile, dropped their third straight since winning back-to-back games over the New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins. They have scored only three goals in the three losses, and their power play is 0-for-19 over the span. Evgeni Nabokov, who has been in net for all three losses, stopped 21 of 24 shots Thursday.

At least the Islanders may get reinforcements for Saturday’s home game against Buffalo with defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky expected to join the team for practice Friday and center Josh Bailey (knee) likely to make his season debut.

“If we came in here and held them to mid-20 in shots, I thought we’d have a good chance of winning the game,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “But some guys played tentative and some guys didn’t take hits to make plays. You’re not going to win like that. You have to play for the guy across from you and next to you. I told them after the game that I was disappointed with some guys and their battle level.”

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This Day In Sabres History:

February 9, 1985 Perrault Nets Hatty in 6-1 win over Flames

On this Date 28 Years Ago Gil Perrault recorded his 17th and next-to-last hat trick of his career in a 6-1 win in Calgary. Two of his goals come against Rejean Lemelin and one comes against ex-teammate Don Edwards. It’s Buffalo’s sixth win in a row, and for the third straight game, the Sabres score six goals.

Injury Report:

NY Islanders: Joensuu Sports Hernia Surgery(IR/Out), Bailey Knee Surgery(IR/Out), Martinek Strained Groin/Abdominal(IR/Out), Carkner Lower Body(IR/Out), Okposo Illness(Questionable), Visnovsky Personal(Questionable)

Buffalo: Leino Strained Right Hip(IR/Out), Regehr Lower Body(IR/Out), Kaleta Upper Body(Out), Sekera Bruised Left Ankle(Questionable)

Next 5 Games:

Feb 10 vs. Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Feb 12 at Ottawa Senators 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

Feb 15 vs. Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Feb 17 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins 12:30 PM(NBC HD/TSN2 HD)

Feb 19 vs. Winnipeg Jets 7:00 PM(MSG HD/TSN HD)

Vanek’s 2 Goal Night Power Sabres Comeback Win Over Canadiens

Thursday Night Tilt against Division Rivals Montreal Canadiens went like many games the Sabres have played in this season. The Sabres found themselves behind 3 times on the night and down by 2 goals with less than 20 minutes to play. The story would have a happier ending though for Sabres Fans thanks too the hottest player in the NHL Thomas Vanek late game heroics.

The Game didn’t start out well for the Sabres when Tomas Plekanec scored his first of 2 goals on the night when he sniped Ryan Miller high blocker side 4:11 into the game. The Sabres would quickly tie the game 14 seconds later after a hard working shift was finished off by Steve Ott. The Game would stayed tie until the 7:29 left in the 2nd Period when a Brandon Gallagher wrist shot beat a screened Ryan Miller. For the 2nd Time on the Night the Sabres quickly answered 35 seconds later when Tyler Ennis got behind the Canadiens Defense and beat goalie Peter Budaj. One of Buffalo’s ugly heads would rear it self against at the end of the 2nd Period when a PK Subban shot squeaked by Miller on a 5 on 3 Power Play with 1:28 left in the Period. Montreal would take a 2 goal lead when Tomas Plekanec scored his 2nd of night when his shot went in off of Miller’s Blocker.

Thomas Vanek would lead the comeback netting a Power Play Goal with 13:03 left in the 3rd Period lifting a back-hand past a downed Budaj on the Power Play. Vanek would cap off the Comeback scoring with 2 seconds left on the clock in a wild rugby scrum in front of the net. The Game would go too a shootout Vanek and Canadiens Rookie Alex Galchenyuk scored in the first round of the shootout. Jason Pominville netted the Game Winner in the 3rd Round and Miller would stop Brian Gionta on the final attempt. Miller got his 4th win of the season making 26 saves on the night. Budaj got handed the overtime loss stopping 36 Sabres Shots.

The Sabres will look to build off tonight’s effort when they visit John Tavares and the New York Islanders on Saturday. Puck Drop is Schedule for 7:00 PM and can be seen on MSG HD.

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Sabres Head To Ottawa To Take On Rival Senators

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Last Game:

Ottawa: Feb 3 at Canadiens Loss 2-1

Buffalo: Feb 3 vs. Panthers Loss 4-3

Record:

Ottawa: 5-3-1

Buffalo: 3-4-1

Points:

Ottawa: 11

Buffalo: 7

Rank In Conference:

Ottawa: 6th

Buffalo: 12th

Power Play Ranking:

Ottawa: 25.8(7th)

Buffalo: 18.8(15th)

Penalty Kill Ratings:

Ottawa: 90.0(4th)

Buffalo: 79.5(16th)

Goals For:

Ottawa: 25(11th)

Buffalo: 27(T-5th)

Goals Against:

Ottawa: 15(2nd)

Buffalo: 33(T-29th)

Shots For:

Ottawa: 299(3rd)

Buffalo: 274(5th)

Shots Against:

Ottawa: 282(28th)

Buffalo: 305(29th)

Blocked Shots:

Ottawa: 121(T-11th)

Buffalo: 114(16th)

Hits:

Ottawa: 203(10th)

Buffalo: 191(14th)

Face-Off Percentage:

Ottawa: 49.2(T-17th)

Buffalo: 42.5(30th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Ottawa: Turris(4), Karlsson and O’Brien(3), Michalek, Spezza, Neil, Phillips, and Slifverberg(2), 5 Tied with 1 Goal

Buffalo: Vanek(8), Pominville and Hodgson(5), Ennis and Sulzer(2), 5 Tied with 1 Goal

Assists:

Ottawa: Turris, Alfredsson, Karlsson, Michalek, and Wiercioch(4), Spezza, Gonchar, Greening, Methot, Z. Smith, and Benoit(3), Condra(2), Neil, Zibanejad, Latendresse, and Daugavins(1)

Buffalo: Vanek(11), Pominville(8), Ehrhoff(5), Foligno and Hodgson(4)

Points:

Ottawa: Turris(8), Karlsson(7), Michalek(6), Spezza and Alfredsson(5)

Buffalo: Vanek(19), Pominville(13), Hodgson(9), Ehrhoff, Ennis, and Foligno(5)

Plus/Minus:

Ottawa: Karlsson, Michalek, and Greening(+4), Turris, Spezza, Methot, Benoit, Condra, Neil, and Slifverberg(+3), Gonchar, Wiercioch, Latendresse, and Borowiecki(+1), O’Brien, Zibanejad, and Regin(EV)

Buffalo: Vanek(+7), Sulzer(+5), Pominville and Ehrhoff(+2), Kaleta and Weber(+1)

Penalty Minutes:

Ottawa: Neil(22), Borowiecki(18), Z. Smith(16), Condra(10)
Buffalo: Ott(20), Scott(19), Kaleta(18), Weber(17)

Shots:

Ottawa: Karlsson(38), Neil(23), Alfredsson(21), Condra and Slifverberg(20)

Buffalo: Vanek(33), Hodgson(29), Pominville(28), Stafford and Ennis(23)

Blocked Shots:

Ottawa: Benoit and Phillips(18), Methot(13), Gonchar(12), Condra(7)

Buffalo: Sekera(18), Ehrhoff(15), Leopold(13), Myers(9)

Hits:

Ottawa: Neil(28), Methot(25), Greening(24), Borowiecki(21)

Buffalo: Ott(34), Foligno(22), Weber(19), Kaleta(16)

Face-Off Wins:

Ottawa: Turris(78), Spezza(68), Z. Smith(67), O’Brien(31)

Buffalo: Hodgson(73), Ott(40), Ennis(36), Hecht(28)

Today Starting Goaltender Matchup:

Ottawa: Craig Anderson 5-2-1 1.12 GAA .962 SV% 1 SO

Buffalo: Jhonas Enroth 0-1-0 5.26 GAA .854 SV% 0 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: Mar 10, 2012 Sabres Won(SO) 4-3

Season Series: Senators Won 3-1-2

All-Time: Sabres Lead 56-40-16

All-Time at OTT: Sabres Lead 26-21-10

Panthers rally for 4-3 win over Sabres

The boos rained down on Brian Campbell as the Florida Panthers defenseman scored a power-play goal to give his team a 4-3 lead against the Buffalo Sabres in the third period Sunday afternoon. The Panthers hung onto the lead and came away with their first road win of the season at First Niagara Center.

Florida rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the second period to pick up its first points on the road this season. Panthers forward Peter Mueller scored a goal in his fourth straight game and wing Tomas Kopecky picked up a pair of assists.

Campbell spent parts of eight seasons in Buffalo and was well known for quarterbacking the Sabres’ power play. He earned his fourth goal of the 2012-13 season when he crept in from the left point to wrist a shot over Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller with 10:33 left in the third period for the game winner. Kopecky slid a pass across the goal crease to Campbell, who then put it past Miller and diving defenseman Alexander Sulzer. Then came the boos.

“When they boo you, it means they miss you, I think. That’s what I take it as,” said Campbell, who played in Buffalo from 2000-08. “You try to take it as a positive if that’s the case, but they’re great fans.”

Florida scored four unanswered goals in the third period of their win over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday. Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said that he’d like to see some more stability from his team moving forward.

“That’s a character you don’t want to have to test every time we play. I think you want to be able to play a more stable game,” Dineen said. “I think our game right now is still kind of up-and-down emotionally.”

The Panthers opened up a four-game road trip while Sabres looked to shake off a 6-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. Florida straddled Buffalo with its fifth loss in seven games. The Sabres have earned three points during that stretch and sit at the bottom of the Northeast Division standings. Buffalo also played its third game in four days.

“I don’t think the spirit was broken, I think we played a lot of hockey in the last four days,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “I think some of our top guys, when the shift got long they didn’t have much left. It hurts, but you have to pick yourself up.”

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Price makes 32 saves to help Habs edge Senators

Carey Price was subdued in the Montreal Canadiens dressing room Sunday in spite of just having won his sixth straight start and being the backbone of a team that is arguably the biggest surprise in the NHL through the first two weeks of the season.

And perhaps his attitude is a prime example of what this team learned while spiraling down towards a last place finish in the Eastern Conference last season.

“We’ve got to maintain an even keel attitude,” Price said after making 32 saves to give the Canadiens a 2-1 win against the Ottawa Senators on Sunday afternoon. “Whether things are going really good or really bad, we’ve just got to come to the rink with the same attitude and the same work ethic.”

Goals by David Desharnais and Erik Cole in the first stood up for the Canadiens to give them sweep of their traditional pair of Super Bowl weekend matinees for the first time since 2006.

Price’s performance allowed him to climb to fourth in the NHL in both goals against average (1.70) and save percentage (.938).

“As far as I’m concerned he’s one of the best goalies in the league,” Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said. “There are a lot of good goalies in the League, but he’s in there with them.”

Jakob Silfverberg scored the lone goal for the Senators (5-3-1), who lost their third straight road game.

“I thought our team played real hard,” Senators coach Paul MacLean said. “I thought [the Canadiens] had most of the first period, but for the whole game I’m pretty pleased with how we played. I’m disappointed with the loss, but I thought our team played well.”

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This Day In Sabres History:

February 5, 2011 Stafford 2 Goal Night Powers Sabres Past Rival Maple Leafs 6-2

On this Day 2 years ago Drew Stafford scored twice in the Sabres 6-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Buffalo also got goals from Jason Pominville, Paul Gaustad, Tim Connolly, and Thomas Vanek. Maple Leafs got calls from Nikolai Kulemin and Francois Beauchemin. Ryan Miller got the win making 23 saves on the night. James Reimer got the loss stopping 25 of 30 Sabres Shots. Stafford’s 2010-2011 Season was his best of his career. Stafford scored 31 goals and recorded 52 points on the season. Stafford also recorded 7 multi-goal games during the season and was one of the factors leading the Sabres late-season charge to the playoffs.

Injury Report:

Ottawa: Cowen Left Hip Surgery(IR/Out), Lundin Broken Finger(IR/Out), Spezza Back Surgery(Out), Gonchar Flu-Like Symptoms(Questionable), Latendresse Whiplash(Questionable)

Buffalo: Leino Strained Right Hip(IR/Out), Regehr Lower Body(IR/Out), Kaleta Upper Body(Out), Sekera Bruised Left Ankle(Questionable)

Next 5 Games:

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

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

Feb 10 vs. Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Feb 12 at Ottawa Senators 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

Feb 15 vs. Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

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Last Game:

Florida: Jan 31 vs. Jets Win 6-3

Buffalo: Feb 2 at Canadiens Loss 6-1

Record:

Florida: 2-5-0

Buffalo: 3-4-1

Points:

Florida: 4

Buffalo: 7

Rank In Conference:

Florida: 15th

Buffalo: 10th

Power Play Ranking:

Florida: 22.2(11th)

Buffalo: 19.4(T-14th)

Penalty Kill Ratings:

Florida: 76.5(21st)

Buffalo: 81.1(16th)

Goals For:

Florida: 16(T-26th)

Buffalo: 24(T-7th)

Goals Against:

Florida: 27(T-26th)

Buffalo: 29(29th)

Shots For:

Florida: 203(24th)

Buffalo: 254(6th)

Shots Against:

Florida: 233(17th)

Buffalo: 272(28th)

Blocked Shots:

Florida: 89(25th)

Buffalo: 103(17th)

Hits:

Florida: 152(18th)

Buffalo: 169(T-15th)

Face-Off Percentage:

Florida: 52.6(T-4th)

Buffalo: 42.5(30th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Florida: B. Campbell and Muller(3), Fleischmann, Kopecky, Kovalev, and Huberdeau(2), Versteeg and Upshall(1)

Buffalo: Vanek(7), Pominville(5), Hodgson(4), Ennis(2)

Assists:

Florida: Fleischmann(5), B. Campbell, Kopecky, Kovalev, Huberdeau, and Kuba(2), 6 Tied with 1 Assist

Buffalo: Vanek(9), Pominville(7), Ehrhoff(5), Foligno(4)

Points:

Florida: Fleischmann(7), B. Campbell(5), Muller, Kopecky, Huberdeau, and Kovalev(4), Versteeg and Kuba(2)

Buffalo: Vanek(16), Pominville(12), Hodgson(6), Ehrhoff, Ennis, and Foligno(5)

Plus/Minus:

Florida: Huberdeau and Matthias(+1), Mueller and Shore(EV), Kovalev, Ellerby, Skille, Strachan, and Caruso(-1), Jovanovski, Goc, and Santorelli(-2)

Buffalo: Vanek and Sulzer(+4), Weber and Ehrhoff(+2), Kaleta and Ennis(+1), Ott, Regehr, and Ellis(EV)

Penalty Minutes:

Florida: Ellerby(36), Upshall(15), Kopecky(14), Fleischmann(8)
Buffalo: Ott(20), Kaleta(18), Weber(17), Scott(14)

Shots:

Florida: Fleischmann(24), Muller(21), Matthias(18), Kopecky(16)

Buffalo: Vanek(32), Hodgson and Pominville(28), Stafford(22), Ennis(20)

Blocked Shots:

Florida: Weaver(12), B. Campbell(11), Kuba and Kulikov(10), Ellerby(8), Jovanovski and Smithson(6)

Buffalo: Sekera(18), Ehrhoff(14), Leopold(12), Pominville(8)

Hits:

Florida: Kulikov(19), Smithson(18), Weaver(14), Skille and Upshall(12)

Buffalo: Ott(31), Foligno(21), Kaleta and Weber(16), Myers(14)

Face-Off Wins:

Florida: Smithson(46), Weiss(33), Kopecky(31), Matthias(31)

Buffalo: Hodgson(64), Ott(37), Ennis(33), Hecht(23)

Today Starting Goaltender Matchup:

Florida: Jose Theodore 2-4-0 3.39 GAA .901 SV% 0 SO

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 3-3-1 2.98 GAA .910 SV% 0 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: Mar 17, 2012 Panthers Won(SO) 3-2

Season Series: Tied 2-1-1

All-Time: Sabres Lead 42-25-5

All-Time vs. FLA: Sabres Lead 24-10-3

Bourque, Desharnais strike twice as Habs rout Sabres

The Montreal Canadiens wanted to make the Bell Centre a feared venue for opposing teams again after finishing last in the NHL in home wins last season.

Thus far, they are doing just that.

The Canadiens took advantage of a flat Buffalo Sabres club Saturday afternoon to register their fourth straight win on home ice in a 6-1 blowout victory in the front end of their traditional Super Bowl weekend matinees.

Coach Michel Therrien made it a priority for the Canadiens from the day he was hired in June to improve on last season’s home record of 16-15-10. The early returns look promising with a record of 4-1-0 at Bell Centre.

“I always believed this is the greatest place to play,” Therrien said. “We have to play a game where we’re pushing the pace, because I believe our team has speed. And pushing the pace makes it difficult on everyone. When we talk about being tough to play against, it’s not only the physical aspect. It’s our work ethic, our decisions with the puck, all these little things make teams tough to play against. Right now our team is buying into that.”

The team did not have had much of a choice, because if the Canadiens continued to struggle at home to start this season, their playoff hopes could have been dashed very quickly.

The Canadiens’ home game Sunday afternoon against the Ottawa Senators will be their sixth in eight games to start the season, part of a stretch that sees them play 12 of their first 18 games at home through Feb. 23. After that, the Canadiens will play 11 of 15 games on the road between Feb. 25 and March 27, so if they don’t bank points at home now, it could make it difficult to make up ground later.

A big reason why the Canadiens are succeeding in doing that has been the resurgent play of Rene Bourque, who scored twice Saturday and has been a consistent performer on the team’s top line with Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta.

Bourque struggled mightily after he was traded to the Canadiens by the Calgary Flames last season, and after undergoing abdominal surgery over the summer he says he was determined to show the team’s fans the player they saw last season was not the one who put up back-to-back 27-goal seasons with the Flames in 2009-10 and 2010-11.

With three goals and two assists through seven games – a point total he had after his first 17 games with the Canadiens last season – Bourque is convincing people he can return to his form of old.

“I feel like I want to prove myself, prove that I’m a good player,” Bourque said. “I never doubted myself. I had a tough time when I came over from Calgary, but over the summer I just wanted to focus on having a good season and making a difference on this team.”

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Panthers end slide by beating Jets 6-3

The Florida Panthers found their offense Thursday night– and made their losing streak disappear.

The Panthers scored five goals in the third period as they twice overcame deficits to beat the Winnipeg Jets 6-3 at the BB&T Center and snap their five-game losing streak.

Florida had scored a total of five goals during the five-game slide that followed their victory against the Carolina Hurricanes on opening night.

“We did some good things out there the previous game and we knew we were moving in the right direction,” said veteran forward Alex Kovalev, who scored the game-winner at 12:37 of the third. “We knew if we were just going to keep pushing, eventually it was going to turn around and tonight was the night.”

Power-play goals 1:17 apart by Peter Mueller and Kovalev erased a 3-2 deficit and gave the Panthers the lead for good before Jonathan Huberdeau and Tomas Kopecky padded the lead.

Brian Campbell and Kris Versteeg also scored for the Panthers, while Jose Theodore made 22 saves to improve his career record against Winnipeg to 16-6-2. Tomas Fleischmann had a career-high three assists.

With the victory, the Panthers avoided their first six-game losing streak since an 0-7-3 stretch from March 19 to April 8, 2011.

“We know we have a lot of character in this room,” Versteeg said. “We knew what we needed to do in order to do it, but it was about walking the walk and not just saying we were going to do it.”

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This Day In Sabres History:

February 3, 1993 Andreychuk Traded To Leafs For Goaltender Fuhr

On this Day 20 years ago one of the bigger trades in Sabres History occurred. The Sabres sent Dave Andreychuk, Darren Puppa, and a 1st Round Pick in 1993 Draft(Kenny Jonsson) to the Maple Leafs for Grant Fuhr and 5th Round Pick in 1995(Kevin Popp). The Trade signaled the end of Dave Andreychuk’s first stint with the Sabres. Andreychuk played 11 season for the Sabres. In his 11 season Andreychuk played 763 Games and had 771 Points(348 G, 423 A). Fuhr helped lead the Sabres to their first playoff series win since the 1983 playoffs sweeping the Rival Boston Bruins. Fuhr stay wasn’t long in Buffalo playing 3 season here. He was surpassed as starting goaltender, because of young upstart Dominik Hasek. The Sabres would later trade Fuhr to Los Angeles Kings with Philippe Bouchard and Denis Tsygurov for Alexi Zhitnik, Robb Stauber, Charlie Huddy, and 5th Round Draft Pick in 1995 Draft(Marian Menhart)

Injury Report:

Florida: Caruso Broken Wrist(IR/Out), Upshall Ankle(IR/Out), Jovanovski Knee(Out), Bergenheim Undisclosed(Out), Weiss Lower Body(Probable), Kovalev Flu-Like Symptoms(Probable)

Buffalo: Leino Strained Right Hip(IR/Out), Regehr Lower Body(IR/Out), Kaleta Upper Body(Out), Sekera Bruised Left Ankle(Out)

Next 5 Games:

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)

Feb 10 vs. Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Feb 12 at Ottawa Senators 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

Sabres Visit Montreal For First Of 2 Afternoon Games This Weekend

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Last Game:

Montreal: Jan 30 at Senators Loss 5-1

Buffalo: Jan 29 at Bruins Win 7-4

Record:

Montreal: 4-2-0

Buffalo: 3-3-1

Points:

Montreal: 8

Buffalo: 7

Rank In Conference:

Montreal: 6th

Buffalo: 9th

Power Play Ranking:

Montreal: 27.3(6th)

Buffalo: 24.0(11th)

Penalty Kill Ratings:

Montreal: 78.1(19th)

Buffalo: 82.8(12th)

Goals For:

Montreal: 18(T-12th)

Buffalo: 23(7th)

Goals Against:

Montreal: 15(T-5th)

Buffalo: 23(T-24th)

Shots For:

Montreal: 167(26th)

Buffalo: 223(8th)

Shots Against:

Montreal: 158(4th)

Buffalo: 240(27th)

Blocked Shots:

Montreal: 77(T-25th)

Buffalo: 91(17th)

Hits:

Montreal: 154(14th)

Buffalo: 155(13th)

Face-Off Percentage:

Montreal: 46.8(T-26th)

Buffalo: 42.1(30th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Montreal: Markov and Plekanec(4), Gallagher and Gionta(2), 6 Tied With 1 Goal

Buffalo: Vanek(6), Pominville(5), Hodgson(4), Ennis(2)

Assists:

Montreal: Diaz(8), Markov, Galchenyuk, and Pacioretty(4), Gallagher, R. Bourque, Bouillon, and Desharnais(2), 6 Tied With 1 Assist

Buffalo: Vanek(9), Pominville(7), Ehrhoff(5), Stafford, Ennis, and Foligno(3)

Points:

Montreal: Markov and Diaz(8), Plekanec and Galchenyuk(5), Gallagher and Pacioretty(4), Gionta and R. Bourque(3)

Buffalo: Vanek(15), Pominville(12), Hodgson(6), Ehrhoff and Ennis(4)

Plus/Minus:

Montreal: Gallagher(+4), Galchenyuk and Prust(+3), Kaberle(+2), Diaz, Pacioretty, and R. White(+1)

Buffalo: Vanek(+4), Sulzer and Weber(+3), Ehrhoff(+2), Kaleta and Ennis(+1)

Penalty Minutes:

Montreal: White(42), Prust(41), Moen(9), R. Bourque and Desharnais(6)
Buffalo: Kaleta(18), Weber(17), Ott(13), Myers and Scott(12)

Shots:

Montreal: Gionta(22), Plekanec(17), Cole(14), R. Bourque(12)

Buffalo: Vanek(28), Hodgson and Pominville(24), Ennis(20), Stafford(19)

Blocked Shots:

Montreal: Gorges(21), Diaz(15), Markov(7), Emelin(6)

Buffalo: Sekera(17), Ehrhoff(13), Leopold(9), Regehr and Pominville(7)

Hits:

Montreal: Emelin(32), Gallagher and Prust(14), R. White(12), Bouillon and Cole(11)

Buffalo: Ott(27), Foligno(21), Kaleta(16), Myers(14), Regehr(12)

Face-Off Wins:

Montreal: Plekanec(56), Desharnais(39), R. White(24), Galchenyuk(21)

Buffalo: Hodgson(51), Ott(33), Ennis(31), Hecht(22)

Today Starting Goaltender Matchup:

Montreal: Carey Price 4-1-0 1.98 GAA .925 SV% 0 SO

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 3-2-1 2.64 GAA .920 SV% 0 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: Mar 21, 2012 Sabres Won 3-0

Season Series: Sabres Won 5-0-1

All-Time: Sabres Lead 116-100-37

All-Time at MTL: Canadiens Lead 67-42-16

Vanek’s hat trick rallies Sabres past Bruins

One of the hottest players in the NHL lit up TD Garden on Thursday night to snap his team out of a cold spell.

Thomas Vanek scored a hat trick and added two assists for his second five-point game of the season to lead the Sabres to a 7-4 win against the Boston Bruins and snap Buffalo’s four-game winless streak.

Boston lost in regulation for the first time this season.

The victory was Buffalo’s first in Boston since March 10, 2011. Vanek now has six goals (good for second in the League) and none assists for 15 points in just six games this season. He has eight career hat tricks overall and 54 points (28 goals) in 46 career games against the Bruins.

“I don’t know. Statistics, you know?” Vanek said about success against Boston. “You can call them what you want, but they’re just that. For us it’s a big win.”

The Sabres were down 3-1 at one point in the second period and trailed 4-3 early in the third. Considering the Bruins had won their previous 43 games that they held a two-goal lead dating back to April 4, 2011, things looked bleak for the Sabres.

However, Buffalo battled back.

Cody Hodgson put Buffalo ahead to stay when he scored at 6:54 of the third on a one-timer at the end of a 2-on-1 with Vanek for a 5-4 lead. Vanek then extended the Sabres’ lead to 6-4 by scoring his third goal of the night with just 1:31 remaining. Jason Pominville added an empty-net goal.

“I think team toughness is when you get down by two, you don’t hang your head, you don’t pout, you just keep playing your game, and I think we did that today,” Vanek said.

Ryan Miller finished with 38 saves for Buffalo. Tuukka Rask stopped just 25 of 31 shots he faced for the Bruins, who are generally known for their stingy defense.

“We gave up a lot of odd-man rushes, and then those 2-on-1s, just a quick pass to the back door and one-timers in,” Rask said. “Obviously, we have to get better on that. Too many times, I think, we just let those guys stand in front of the net by themselves. The puck watching, it’s not like us, so we just got to fix that.”

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Senators roll over Canadiens 5-1

The oldest and youngest Senators — Daniel Alfredsson and Mika Zibanejad — both scored during a three-goal second-period burst as Ottawa ended Montreal’s four-game winning streak by beating the Canadiens 5-1 on Wednesday night.

Alfredsson, the Senators’ 40-year-old captain, broke a 1-1 tie when he beat Peter Budaj at 7:27 of the second period. Zibanejad, who turns 20 in April, scored his first NHL goal 1:58 later, blasting a shot off Montreal defenseman Alexei Emelin and into the net as the Senators converted both halves of a double minor to Ryan White.

“Scoring a couple of power-play goals can really make a difference,” Alfredsson said. “The coaching staff has done a really good job, through last year and this year [with special teams]. It doesn’t matter who plays, we don’t change anything. It’s always an opportunity for somebody else.”

Chris Phillips made it 4-1 at 11:02, and that was more than enough support for goaltender Craig Anderson, who made 31 saves to win for the second straight night and improve to 5-0-1 in his six appearances this season.

Despite Anderson’s hot start, he says the game is still moving quickly and credits his teammates for easing the burden.

“It’s fast out there,” Anderson said. “But the guys in front of me help a lot by blocking shots and cleaning up the garbage. It makes my job a lot easier. I think we’re playing with a lot of confidence right now. We make a decision and we go with it. I’m able to read off our defense.”

Jim O’Brien and Chris Neil also scored for Ottawa, now 5-1-1 in its first seven games. Colin Greening, Zack Smith and Andre Benoit each had two assists as a dozen Senators hit the scoresheet.

Tomas Plekanec scored the only goal for Montreal (4-2-0), which hadn’t lost since opening night. Peter Budaj, making his first start of the season in place of starter Carey Price, stopped 22 shots.

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This Day In Sabres History:

February 2, 2006 Pominville 2 Point Night Leads Sabres Past Flyers

On this night 7 years ago the Sabres were victorious in a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Jason Pominville recorded 2 points on the night, Paul Gaustad, Brian Campbell, and Taylor Pyatt also recorded goals in the Sabres win. The Flyers got goals from Simon Gagne and Mike Knuble. Ryan Miller earned the win stopping 21 shots on the night. Robert Esche made 33 saves in a losing effort. The game was a preview of a playoff showdown that the Sabres won in 6 Games.

Injury Report:

Montreal: Nokelainen Back(IR/Out), Pacioretty Appendectomy(IR/Out)

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

Next 5 Games:

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)

Feb 10 vs. Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

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