Sabres – Maple Leafs Recap

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Mikhail Girgorenko’s memorable night was ruined by Matt Frattin, as he scored the game winning goal in overtime with just 1.5 seconds left on the clock to win the game 4-3 for the Leafs.

With a split crowd of Leafs and Sabres fans, the atmosphere in last night’s game felt like the Sabres and Leafs were playing to win the Cup. Chants of “Lets Go Buffalo” followed by “Go Leafs Go” echoed off the walls of First Niagara Center. The Leafs, however, would get the last chant. Continue reading Sabres – Maple Leafs Recap

Don’t Of The Day

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Our don’t of the day, comes from the Carolina Hurricanes, and Nathan Horton last night.

If you’re a Cane’s fan, you might want to look away. Last night in Carolina, Nathan Horton undressed Jordan Staal and Tim Gleason before he made Cam Ward look foolish.

Horton went in on Ward, and roofed his shot top shelf.

Jordan, Tim, Cam…next time, how about you step up? If not…then just don’t. Go home if you don’t feel like playing defense.

 

Wow, Jordan…nice D, plug.

Grigorenko Stays

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Sabres GM Darcy Regier has announced this morning that Mikhail Grigorenko will stay with Buffalo, and play tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Grigorenko’s five game tryout didn’t bring any goals or assist’s, but his play on the ice showed Lindy and Darcy that he belongs in the NHL.

Now that Griggy is staying up with Buffalo, he enters his entry-level contract. He’ll earn $925,000 this year. After this season he will become an RFA (Restricted Free Agent), and if he plays at least 23 games this season, he will become a UFA (Unrestricted Free Agent) a year early.

When the 18-year-old found out he was staying with Buffalo he had a huge smile on his face and said, “It’s really amazing news, I’m really excited.”

Grigorenko is the first 18-year-old regular on the Sabres since Pierre Turgeon.

The Sabres will welcome back TJ Brennan and Mike Weber to the lineup tonight, and Thomas Vanek will return afterBuffalo+Sabres+v+Philadelphia+Flyers+AjTgCVfDev-l missing Sunday’s game in Washington.

Brennan and Weber will be filling in for Sulzer and Regehr. Sulzer is a healthy scratch, while Regehr has an undisclosed lower body injury. Lindy said earlier this morning that it’s a short term injury, and that it’s nothing serious. ¬†With Vanek back, Nathan Gerbe is the odd man out tonight.

I’m interested to see if Brennan can ignite a spark in the Buffalo offense. Lindy said this morning, “His shot from the point on the power play is second to none in the AHL.” Brennan leads the Amerk’s with 35 points (14G + 21 A) in 36 games.

The Sabres face the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight at the First Niagara Center. Puck drop set for 7:05.

Sabres – Capitals Recap

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The Sabres losing skid hits three thanks to the Washington Capitals.

Buffalo, despite a good effort, chose not to cover one of the best players in the NHL — Alex Ovechkin. The Sabres left Ovy all alone on the power play, and he made them pay with a one-timer goal with 5:11 left in regulation. That would end up the game winner.

The loss was Buffalo’s third in a row, while the Capitals would find their way into the win column for the first time this season. Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno would be the two goal scorers for Buffalo, who were without their leading scorer Thomas Vanek. Thomas was out with a muscle strain he suffered Friday night against Carolina. Continue reading Sabres – Capitals Recap

Sabres – Hurricanes Recap

160072309_slideAfter suffering their first loss of the season to the Hurricanes, the Sabres had a chance to tie the home-and-home series in Buffalo.

The first period started off on the wrong foot for Buffalo. Just 56 seconds into the period, Jordan Leopold was whistled for interference. Luckily for Leopold, the penalty killing unit for Buffalo stayed sharp and didn’t give Carolina anything to work with. The best part about the period was how physical it was. You usually won’t see teams be as physical coming off of a back-to-back and traveling. It’s funny how much energy teams can get when you have unfinished business against the guys you played the night before. Continue reading Sabres – Hurricanes Recap

Don’t Of The Day

I know I usually make fun of things that are weird, unordinary, crazy, but this time…I’m going to do it differently.

Last night Nail Yakupov, the first overall pick in the 2012 NHL draft scored his second goal in a crucial situation. Down 1-0 with 4.7 seconds left, the 18-year-old Russian batted a puck out of the air to knot the game up at 1-1. Sam Gagner would eventually win the game for the Oilers in overtime.

It was the celebration by Yakupov that had the hockey world buzzing. Yakupov scored, and skated as fast as he could past his entire team, and slid on his knees from center ice, all the way past his own blue line. I guess he was pretty excited.

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Nail Yakupov, I’m not going to give you the “don’t” instead, I’m giving you the do. Please continue to do that. A good Cele is always fun to watch.

Sabres – Hurricanes Recap

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Eric Staal and Jeff Skinner lead the Hurricanes to their first victory of the season last night in Raleigh.

With Jhonas Enroth in net, the Sabres suffered their first loss of the season in convincing fashion. The Hurricanes doubled up the Sabres 6-3, and gave up a hat-trick by Eric Staal.

The first period started out sloppy for both teams. Carolina and Buffalo mustered a combined 13 shots on goal, and neither team could capitalize on the power play. There were a total of five penalties (three by Carolina, two by Buffalo) and neither team could get anything set up offensively with the man advantage.

The second period, however, was the complete opposite.

Just one minute into the middle period, Jeff Skinner would net his first of two goals in the game. Continue reading Sabres – Hurricanes Recap