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Sens Hold Off Sabres

Buffalo's physical play was active in the first period. Matt Ellis, Thomas Vanek, and Patrick Kaleta were all throwing their bodies around. When challenged by Zack Smith, Kaleta dropped the gloves and took care of his opponent. It was a good way to get the crowd into the game, but the Senators received a lucky bounce past Miller. Ottawa got on the board first after a shot from Jarkko Ruutu was deflected by Chris Kelly past Ryan Miller. The play was reviewed since the net came off the moorings directly after, but the Senators goal counted and it was 1-0. After dumping the puck in, Mike Fisher drilled Kaleta into the boards, resulting in a five minute power play for the Sabres, and a gam...

Leaving Before the Buzzer

Wednesday night’s game against Montreal was the perfect of example of a time when fans should not leave a hockey game early. If the Chris Drury goal with 7.7 seconds left to go against the Rangers in the playoffs taught Buffalo fans anything, it was just that. Though, how many empty seats were there as the clock began to run down? Just how many people got up to leave to beat traffic because they didn’t think the Sabres could pull it off? People who didn’t believe, that’s what. Now mind you, watching the game made me extremely frustrated. To watch the Sabres try and dangle the puck over the blueline individually while the Habs were up 2-0 was aggravating. They either tried...

Flashback: The Ottawa Brawl

Many fans will remember this game for a long time. This wasn’t just an ordinary game. The Sabres were in the mix of one of their best regular season performances of all time, a year in which they would win the Presidents Trophy. The Senators and Sabres have always had a rivalry, but this game was nastier than usual. Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson, two Sabre killers each scored a goal within two minutes halfway through the first period. Buffalo got on the board late in the first with a goal from Chris Drury to cut the lead in half. In the second period, Thomas Vanek took control. He scored two goals in 39 seconds to put the Sabres up 3-2. Just a couple of minutes later, it bega...

Ryan Miller or Dominik Hasek?

If you had to choose between Miller or Hasek, which one would you want on your team? Let's say both goalies came into the league at the same time, which one would you sign? As a 21-year-old I don't remember watching Hasek as much as Miller, but I do recall "The Dominator" being an elite goaltender. The 1999 Stanley Cup Finals was when I really watched him excel, but we're not going to talk about that. Here's a look at what Hasek has done: The 1993-'94 season was the first big year that Hasek had as a member of the Sabres. He was 29 and recorded 30 wins in 58 games, while posting a 1.95 goals against. A few years later "The Dominator" found his stride. From 1996 to the end of the ...

Pommers' Hat Trick Leads Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres looked like a different team on Wednesday night, as they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2 to snap their three-game losing skid. Buffalo had come out rather sluggish in its last three games—being outscored 7-2 in the process—but that was not the case against the Lightning, as the Sabres jumped out to a 3-0 first period lead. Jason Pominville led the Sabres’ offense with his first hat trick of the season. Pominville started the scoring on the power play at the 5:19 mark of the first period. The right-winger blasted a gorgeous one-time feed from Derek Roy into the corner of the net past Tampa goalie Antero Niittymaki. The goal marks just the fourth power-p...

Sabres Will Be Playoff Underdogs

Not many people are expecting the Sabres to go far in the playoffs, unless you are quite an optimistic fan. Buffalo’s chances do not look good going up against Washington or Pittsburgh, which is why winning the Northeast Division is a must. The Sabres have been slumping for a while now, and Ottawa and Montreal are coming closer with each win. Buffalo has lost 16 of its last 20 and now have a three point lead over the Senators. So what happens if the Sabres drop out of the division lead? It is imperative that Buffalo wins the division this season. If they are unable to, they are going to have a tough challenge in the first round of the playoffs. If they can win the division, they will...

Can Buffalo Win Away From Home?

Are the Sabres even good anymore? I forgot what it has been like to see them as a winning team. They have dropped 16 out of the last 20 games and are close to losing the division lead. To be in the division lead, they had to be good at some point, right? To lose 16 of 20 and still be in the lead means that they must have done extremely well in the first half of the season. Now that the team continues to struggle, there is no confidence at all, especially since the playoffs are almost here. The slump began during the road trip to the West Coast. From there, the Sabres had trouble winning and the same problem when they came back. They won a couple of games here and there, but not much el...

Miller Pulled In Sabres' Loss

Buffalo (36-21-10) at Atlanta (28-29-11) The Sabres visited the Thrashers Tuesday night as the second game of a current five game road trip. Buffalo was coming off of back to back losses against Minnesota and Detroit. Just 33 seconds into the game, Nik Antropov put Atlanta in the lead. The Sabres fell behind by a pair of goals in the two games prior to this one, and the Thrashers were trying to do the same. Former Sabre Maxim Afinogenov assisted on the goal. Bryan Little scored the second goal for the Thrashers, putting the Sabres down by two goals early in the game once again. Another former Sabre, Clarke MacArthur, assisted on the play. Buffalo had an opportunity on a power pla...

Sabres Lose Division Lead

Buffalo got off to a quick start on Thursday night with a goal from Derek Roy. Later in the first, Jochen Hecht scored to give the Sabres a two goal lead. The shot went off of a Carolina player and into the net as Hecht earned his first goal in 11 games. Hecht didn't have any other options, so he shot it from a tough angle and it ended up going in. It's never a bad idea to shoot the puck. The Hurricanes did get on the board towards the end of the period, scoring a power play goal to cut the lead in half. Brandon Sutter earned his 14th goal of the season. Carolina had Buffalo scrambling all over the place in the last few minutes of the first period. The Hurricanes had a power play that ...

Are the Sabres Contenders?

As the midway point of the season came and went, the Buffalo Sabres were sitting comfortably atop the Northeast Division. Boston was the closest team team, but still trailed Buffalo by 12 points. Now, the Sabres have hit the biggest road bump of the season. The west coast trip was just the beginning of the Sabres recent woes. The team has gone 2-8-1 in its last 11 games and find themselves clinging to a one point division lead. Ottawa has gone on a tear, winning its last 11 of 12. Eight of the last 11 games have been decided by just one goal. The Sabres defeated New Jersey and Boston, perhaps snapping out of the losing skid. They have now lost four in a row, with just a couple of games...