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Game 15- Senators at Sabres, 11 Nov., 2011

The Sabres hoped to extend their winning streak on Friday night as they welcomed the slumping Ottawa Senators into town for the first of three consecutive division battles. After an early season 6 game win streak, the Senators entered the game in the midst of a 4 game losing streak, including a 3-2 shootout loss to Buffalo this past Saturday. Buffalo, meanwhile, won their last game, against Winnipeg, 6-5 in exciting fashion, but would have to tighten up their defensive play if they hoped to achieve the same results against Ottawa. Tyler Ennis, who began skating this week, and Patrick Kaleta, who is still suspended, both remained out of the Buffalo line-up. Jhonas Enroth returnd to net for the Sabres, having gone 4-0-0 with a sparkling 1.41 GAA this season, including the aforementioned win over the Senators last week. Opposing him in the Ottawa goal was be Craig Anderson, with a 6-5-1 mark to his credit so far this season.The Sabres came out flying and took an early 1-0 lead just 2:09 in as Derek Roy scored his fifth of the season, and his third goal in two games, putting home a Drew Stafford rebound. Christian Ehrhoff picked up the secondary assist on the goal. Just 16 seconds later Matt Ellis got his first of the season, putting home another rebound by Anderson. Cody McCormick and Corey Tropp picked up assists on the goal that chased the Ottawa goaltender out of net just 2:25 into the game in favour of Alex Auld. Buffalo would get themselves into penalty trouble soon thereafter, however, and just after a two man advantage expired, Sergei Gonchar blasted home a shot from the point to cut the deficit to one. Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza assisted on Gonchar’s first of the season. Buffalo was able… Read More

Game 16- Sabres at Bruins, 12 Nov., 2011

After soundly defeating the Ottawa Senators last night, the Sabres could push their season high win streak to five games against an equally red-hot Boston Bruins club. The Bruins also entered the game on a four game winning streak, having outscored their opponents 24-8 during that span. They had the advantage of not playing the night before. Ryan Miller would get the nod in goal for Buffalo after a one game absence, hoping a strong effort would help cut down on the talk of the potential ‘goaltending controversy’ in Sabre-land between Miller and Jhonas Enroth. Tim Thomas would be in net for the Bruins, and while posting an outstanding save percentage and GAA so far, he would be looking to improve on his overall record of 6-5-1 so far this season.The Sabres were able to come out fast again, as just over five minutes into the first Thomas Vanek stayed hot by potting his 11th of the season. After his first shot was blocked, Vanek got control of the puck behind the net and was able to bank the puck in off of Thomas for the 1-0 lead. Jason Pominville picked up the only assist on the play. The Bruins tried to increase their physical play to get back in the game but in the process of doing so went over the line as Milan Lucic, after losing the puck on a partial breakaway, absolutely drilled Miller, knocking the Sabres net minder’s mask right off. Luckily for the Sabres, Miller was able to stay in the game. Lindy Ruff was incessant for a five minute penalty on the play but Lucic only received a two minute minor for charging. Late in the frame the Bruins looked to get into Miller’s face again as this time Tyler Seguin crashed hard into… Read More

Sabres recap: Buffalo 3 @ Florida 0

Off to a successful start to their road trip with wins on their first two stops, the Sabres hoped to continue their winning ways as they headed into Florida to face a revamped Panthers team.Thanks in part to their offseason roster overhaul, Florida has been off to a promising start, winning 3 of their first 5 games, including consecutive victories over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Of their new acquisitions, both Kris Versteeg and Brian Campbell have paid immediate dividends; Versteeg already has 3 goals on the year while Campbell has racked up a remarkable 7 assists so far. Jose Theodore, another free-agent signing, was in net for Florida, aiming for his fourth win in five tries. He was up against Ryan Miller for Buffalo, who was coming off his best performance of the season – a 40-save victory over Montreal on Tuesday night.The Sabres came out much better to start the game than they did in Montreal; both teams traded chances with few whistles in between for most of the first half of the period.The lone highlight came on an Andrej Sekera hit on Versteeg deep in the Florida zone that sent the Panthers’ forward to the ice.The first great chance belonged to the Sabres as Thomas Vanek sent Jason Pominville in all alone from centre ice but Theodore made a nice pad save to keep the game scoreless. Although not called upon much during the period, Miller was solid when needed, stopping all 9 shots he faced.Buffalo came out flying to start the second and were quickly rewarded, as Vanek tipped home a Pominville shot to give the Sabres a 1-0 lead. Tyler Myers, who made a great play to keep the puck in at the blue line that led to the goal, picked up the secondary assist on… Read More

Sabre’s Recap: Jets @ Sabres

Winnipeg (5-7-3, 13 pts, L3) 5 @ Buffalo Sabres 6 (9-5-0, 18 pts, W3)Coming off back-to-back wins over the weekend, the Sabres hoped to push their winning streak to three as they welcomed the Winnipeg Jets to the First Niagara Centre for the first time this season. The Jets came in finishing off a 7-game road trip, having gone 2-3-1 thus far. Ryan Miller would get a chance at redeeming himself by getting his first start since being pulled 7 minutes into Buffalo’s game last Tuesday vs. Philadelphia. Miller has posted a very un-Miller like 4-5-0 record to start the year while his back-up Jhonas Enroth has flourished, winning all four of his starts. Opposing Miller in goal would be Ondrej Pavelec for the Jets.A length pre-game ceremony seemed to cause the Sabres to come out lethargic, allowing Winnipeg to jump out to an early lead. A brutal neutral zone turnover by Andrej Sekera led to an odd man rush for the Jets and Tanner Glass fed Mark Flood to send him in alone where he beat Miller to give the Jets a 1-0 lead. Flood’s second of the season, at 4:48 of the period, was also assisted on by Jim Slater. Just over a minute later Winnipeg increased their lead to 2-0 as Bryan Little buried his first of the year. Blake Wheeler and Andrew Ladd picked up assists on the goal. The Sabres were able to get back into the game, however, as during the second of consecutive powerplay opportunities, Derek Roy was able to put home a Tyler Myers rebound to cut the deficit in half. Roy’s goal was his third of the season. Just 11 seconds later Buffalo brought themselves back to even as Nathan Gerbe made a great backhand pass to Corey Tropp who banged… Read More

Sabres recap: Buffalo 3 @ Montreal 1

After beating the Penguins on Saturday for the first time since 2009, the Sabres headed into Montreal looking to extend the Canadiens’ winless streak to three. After getting the night off for Jhonas Enroth last game, Ryan Miller was back in net for the Sabres for the fourth time in five games this year battling against Carey Price for Montreal. Although one of the best goalies statistically last season, Price is sporting a .880 save percentage and has a GAA of almost 3 so far this season. He would be looking to bounce back from a rough showing in his previous start, a 6-5 shootout loss to Colorado.Following a pre-game ceremony for Montreal Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo, the Habs came out firing all on cylinders and hemmed the Sabres in their zone for most of the first six minutes. Luckily for Buffalo, Miller was on his game early and was forced into making a big save just seconds in off a Tyler Myers turnover and many more in the following minutes.The two teams then traded lacklustre power play opportunities as each failed to register on a shot on goal during their power play. Montreal’s best chance came with under three minutes left in the frame after a Drew Stafford defensive zone turnover; Max Pacioretty found himself all alone in front and tried to go backhand only to be hindered by Derek Roy, who took a penalty on the play.The Canadiens pressed hard to get the opening goal on the ensuing powerplay before heading to the dressing room, but again Miller was stellar in his net, making save after save.In total, Miller stopped all 14 shots he faced in the period, bailing out a rather lethargic and turnover-prone Sabres team in front of him.The start of the second was very reminiscent… Read More
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