March 9th, 2014 at 10:46 PM
By Anthony Custode Jr
The hometown kid prevailed once again as Patrick Kane scored a goal to help his Chicago Blackhawks edge the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 tonight.
Kane's goal opened the scoring in the game. Tyler Ennis thought he tied the game for Buffalo shortly after, but instead was called for hooking goaltender Corey Crawford. The goal was disallowed and Ennis was sent to the penalty box.
"I've never seen that before," Sabres head coach Ted Nolan said. "Tyler never really hooked him. He just tried to bang the puck. It's just one of those things. I guess you can't really touch too many goaltenders."
Ennis would get on the score sheet, along with Cory Conacher, who both had an assist on Drew Stafford's goal to tie the game. Ennis found some room in Chicago's zone and was able to drop the puck back to Conacher, who centered the puck and found Stafford with an empty net.
Jonathan Toews would score the eventual game-winning goal less than two minutes into the third period. The Sabres would have their share of chances in the final frame, but they were unable to capitalize. Read more... Join the Conversation...
March 9th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101
For the second time this season, the Buffalo Sabres have traded for a player who would rather play in Europe than for the blue and gold.
Defenseman Rostislav Klesla, whom the Sabres acquired Wednesday from the Washington Capitals in the Jaroslav Halak trade, said he will not report to Buffalo and will instead take time off to prepare for the 2014-15 season overseas:
"With all due respect to the Sabres organization, I decided this week not to continue playing hockey this season," he told TSN. "It has been a tough year for injury and moving several times to new teams. I will now take some time off and get ready to continue my career in Europe."
Klesla began the season with the Phoenix Coyotes. The 31-year-old Czech blueliner split his time between the Coyotes and AHL's Portland Pirates, recording one goal and three assists in 25 NHL games. He's also had concussion issues. He'd been acquired by the Caps two days before being flipped to the Sabres and never dressed for Washington. In his NHL career, he has 48 goals and 111 assists in 659 games.Read more... Join the Conversation...
March 9th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101
Having gone 1-2 on their most recent road trip, the Buffalo Sabres return home Sunday night to what's been a very friendly First Niagara Center of late.
The Sabres host the Chicago Blackhawks (7:30 p.m., NBC Sports Network) having won their last three home games. Those wins, which include victories over the Boston Bruins and San Jose Sharks, have Chicago coach Joel Quenneville approaching what might otherwise be a throwaway game against the league's worst team cautiously:
"We have to be respectful. We approached the Columbus game (a 6-1 win Thursday) the right way and have to have the same type of attitude going into (the Buffalo game)."
The Blackhawks (37-13-14) are fighting with the St. Louis Blues for the Central Division crown. Buffalo-born 'Hawks star Patrick Kane will play in his hometown for the first time in four years. He leads Chicago with 65 points (27 goals, 38 assists).
While the Blackhawks are fighting for playoff position, members of the Sabres are fighting for jobs next season. The Sabres are coming off a shutout loss Friday at the Florida Panthers and have been shuffling players in and out of the lineup. Michael Neuvirth made his Sabres debut in the loss, as did Nicolas Deslauriers. Both were trade deadline day acquisitions. Fellow trade acquisition Chris Stewart missed Friday's game and is questionable Sunday. Chad Ruhwedel, meanwhile, has been called up on defense.Read more... Join the Conversation...
March 8th, 2014 at 11:45 AM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101
Michael Neuvirth made 42 saves in his Buffalo Sabres debut Friday, but the rest of the club did nothing to help him as Buffalo fell 2-0 to the Florida Panthers.
Neuvirth made his first start for Buffalo after the team traded for him Wednesday from the Washington Capitals. He allowed a power-play goal to Jesse Winchester halfway through the first period and then a third-period power-play goal to Dmitry Kulikov.
That was more than the Panthers needed. Roberto Luongo made 25 saves to record the shutout in his first game since the Panthers traded for him Wednesday from the Vancouver Canucks.
The Panthers improved to 24-32-7. The Sabres fell to 19-36-8 and ended their three-game road trip 1-2. They return home Sunday to play the Chicago Blackhawks.Read more... Join the Conversation...
March 7th, 2014 at 6:36 PM
By Richard N. Wade II
The most decorated goalie in Buffalo Sabres history will soon join other franchise greats in the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame. Dominik Hasek will be honored in a pre-game ceremony March 29 at First Niagara Center against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Hasek was acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks Aug. 7, 1992, in exchange for Stephane Beauregard and a fourth-round draft choice in 1993.
He played in Buffalo from 1992 to 2001. At the time of his retirement in 2008, Hasek owned almost all of the goaltending records for the Buffalo Sabres. He still ranks second in games played among goaltenders (491), second in wins (234), first in goals against average (2.22) and first in shutouts (55).
Read more... Join the Conversation...