Thomas Vanek was drafted by the Sabres in 5th overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, making him the highest draft pick in Austrian history.
Vanek signed a three-year deal with Buffalo on September 3, 2004, and began playing for the Sabres in 2005-2006 after a season with their AHL affiliate. He had a promising rookie season with 25 goals and 48 points in 81 games for the Sabres. His performance tailed off in the playoffs, managing 2 goals in 10 games.
Vanek recorded his best statistical season, the following year in 2006-2007. He played in all 82 regular season games for the Sabres, scoring 43 goals, tied for fifth in the league, and 41 assists. He also finished an NHL best +47, earn...
Buffalo (28-11-4) vs. Colorado (24-15-6)
The Sabres enter the night with a perfect 7-0 record against the Western Conference. Buffalo is looking to extend their current win streak of six games while Tim Connolly hopes to extend his eight game point streak.
Patrick Lalime starts between the pipes for Buffalo, allowing Ryan Miller to rest after making 48 saves last night. Buffalo has scored 22 goals during the current win streak, averaging almost four per game. Colorado has scored eight goals in their last four games. This is Buffalo’s final game before heading out on the road for a seven game road trip.
Colorado took a 1-0 as Matt Duchene scored his 12th of the season. Shortly ...
Toronto (15-20-9) at Buffalo (27-11-4)
Buffalo had a chance to extend their five game winning streak on Friday with a win against Toronto. The Sabres were also also looking to beat the Maple Leafs for the tenth straight time. Buffalo has outscored the Leafs 15-6 in the four games played this season.
Everything looked to be in favor the Sabres for Friday's game. It is Toronto's third game in four nights, while Buffalo's second in three nights. Buffalo has won five in a row and beat the Leafs nine straight times. Toronto is coming off of a 6-2 loss and Buffalo will have Ryan Miller in net. The Maple Leafs have been outscored 35-15 while going 1-7-0 in their last eight on the road.
Buffalo (26-11-4) vs. Tampa Bay (16-15-10)
The Sabres began a three game homestand tonight, beginning with Tampa Bay. These teams have met once before this season, with Buffalo edging out the Lightning in overtime for the victory.
Buffalo struck the Lightning with a fast start to open the game. Lindy Ruff has been on the Sabres to try an play better in the first period. With a couple of off days, the Sabres players listened to Ruff, and showed up to play.
23 seconds into the game, Tyler Myers ripped a shot from the point past goaltender Mike Smith and the Sabres had a 1-0 lead. Only 25 seconds later, Buffalo had another goal. This time Jochen Hecht deflected it past the goaltend...
Buffalo (25-11-4) at Montreal (21-19-3)
The Sabres hosted the Canadiens for the fourth matchup between the teams this season. Entering the game, Buffalo led the series with a 2-0-1 advantage, outscoring Montreal 11-7.
The Sabres were coming off of back-to-back games in which they have overcome three goal deficits. They came in on a three game winning streak as they headed into Montreal. Buffalo has won four games in a row, four seperate times this season, and they had another chance to do it today. Buffalo has been outshot 62-20 in the first period of its last five games and 39-7 in its last three contests on home ice.
The Sabres played a much better first period than in recent ...
#36 Patrick Kaleta
He is known as one of the biggests agitator’s in the NHL.
He was drafted by the Sabres in the 6th round (176th overall) in 2004. The Buffalo native is becoming known for his hits on opponents. In Buffalo, the company “Carubba Collision” sponsors the hit of the game: they have for years. Due to Kaleta’s physical play and since he has the hit of the game most of the time, many Sabres fans believe the name should be changed to “Kaleta Collision”.collision
Patrick Kaleta’s first game was one he will never forget. It was not just any ordinary game on that night. It happened to be on February 22nd, 2007, when Buffalo and Ottawa met for a emotional matc...
Pittsburgh (26-12-1) at Buffalo (23-11-4)
The Sabres entered tonight's game trailing the Penguins by three points in the Eastern Conference. Buffalo is coming off of a big win in St. Louis where Patrick Lalime earned a 5-3 win for Buffalo. Pittsburgh is coming off of a tough loss against Toronto. The Penguins tied the game late in the third, but Ian White scored with just a couple minutes remaining for the win.
The goaltender matchup looked to be a good one, but not so. Ryan Miller against Marc-Andre Fleury did not go as advertised.
Jordan Stall started the scoring with his 11th of the season to give Pittsburgh the early lead. Bill Guerin added another Penguins goal late in the ...
Sabres (22-11-4) at Blues (17-15-5)
Sunday marked the only meeting between these two teams. Buffalo edged out a 4-3 victory in their lone meeting last year. The Sabres are coming off of a overtime loss against Ottawa while the Blues beat Minnesota on Saturday.
With both teams playing on back to back nights, they elected to go with their backup goaltenders. Patrick Lalime earned the start in net for Buffalo as Ty Conklin received the start for the Blues. Conklin entered the game with a perfect 6-0 record against the Sabres. He has also played in the last three Winter Classics, but his streak will end this year.
Despite Thomas Vanek back in the lineup, Buffalo had more injuries to...
Ottawa (18-15-4) at Buffalo (22-11-3)
The last meeting between these two teams resulted in a 5-3 win for Ottawa back on November 21st. However, several Sabres were suffering from food poisoning that night. A few nights later, when the Minnesota Wild came to visit, their players found that their equipment was set on fire. The Senators have won six straight games against Buffalo, and five out of the last six in Buffalo.
It took Buffalo over 17 minutes to record their first shot of the game, and that one sh0t was all they ended up with after the first period. Ottawa, on the other hand, fired 19 shots on Ryan Miller, who stopped them all.
Paul Gaustad leveled Jarkko Ruutu, who injur...
Buffalo (22-10-3) vs. Washington (22-8-6)
The Sabres are coming off of a overtime win in Toronto, in which the team played without Thomas Vanek and Patrick Kaleta. The Capitals have not played since Saturday, when they scored four times in the third to defeat Edmonton.
The Capitals have 130 goals scored, the most in the league. In the two games against Buffalo, the Caps have only scored two goals. Washington got off to a quick start, scoring just over a minute into the game. Nicklas Backstrom received a one timer from Alexander Ovechkin and shot it past Ryan Miller for the 1-0 lead. A few minutes later Mike Green took a shot that deflected off of a Sabres stick and went just under ...