HSBC Arena | MSG | 8 p.m.
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1-0 (7:31) Crashing to the crease, Jason Pominville
scores his 21st of the season as he beat an outstretched Dany Sabourin, glove side. Daniel Briere stole the puck away from the Vancover goaltender and passed it in front, before he could cover up. Thomas Vanek
picks up the second assist.
1-1 (4:28) Stationed in front of the net, Taylor Pyatt scores his 13th of the season and eighth on the powerplay as a Lukas Krajicek's shot from the point rebounded off Miller and ricocheted off his skate and into the net. The play was reviewed but upheld. Krajicek and Sami Salo pick up the assists.
1-2 (16:08) Jan Bulis scored his ninth of the season and first short handed, as he raced in on a breakaway, and beat Ryan Miller
right side below his stick. The short handed tally was Vancouver's second of the season. Buffalo has now allowed eight short handed goals on the season. Josh Green and Rory Fitzpatrick receive the assists.
2-2 (1:54) After missing two games due to a upper body injury, Paul Gaustad scored his eighth of the season, beating Sabourin above his glove hand, after Maxim Afinogenov's pass to the middle deflected off a Vancouver defenseman right to a crashing Gaustad. Dmitri Kalinin is credited with the second assist.
2-3 (7:58) Markus Nasland scored his 15th of the season and fifth on the powerplay as he took the rebound off the back of the glass and shot the puck into the net over Ryan Miller
who was diving to the left to try to make the stop. Kevin Bieksa and Brendan Morrison receive the assists.
3-3 (19:11) With the goalie pulled and just 39.1 second left, Chris Drury was stationed in front of the net and deflected the puck past Sabourin just over the goaltender’s glove hand for his 24th of the season. The shot from the point by Brian Campbell was actually deflected by Jason Pominville
, before Drury put it in the net.
BUF 1: Daniel Briere strides in and shoots low and to glove side but Sabourin makes the save.
VAN 1: Ryan Kesler takes the puck and tries to deke to the left before sliding the puck to Miller's glove side but Miller makes the save.
BUF 2: Max Afinogenov takes a low wrist shot and beats Sabourin five-hole.
VAN 2: Brendan Morrison strides in and beats Miller above glove side.
VAN 3: Markus Naslund takes puck and tries stuffing puck five-hole but Miller makes the stop.
BUF 4: Ales Kotalik takes puck, drops to the back hand and pops it over Sarbourin for goal.
VAN 4: Miller makes stop.
Audio: Paul Gaustad
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SABRES GAMENIGHT: The Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks meet for the only time this season tonight at HSBC Arena ... Vancouver defeated Buffalo 4-1 in their last meeting on Jan. 19, 2006 at GM Place ... Buffalo's last home win against Vancouver was 3-2 on January 8, 2002 ... Daniel Paille had his first career two-goal game in Buffalo's 6-3 win over Boston on Wednesday ... The victory put an end to Buffalo's season-high three-game winless streak ... Ales Kotalik is the only Sabre to play in all 147 games -- regular season and playoffs -- since the start of last season ... This is the last stop on a four-game Eastern swing for the Canucks ... The Sabres are 15-7-2 at home this season ... Teppo Numminen leads all Sabres with 42 points (11+31) in 76 career games against Vancouver ... This is Buffalo's sixth game in a stretch that has them playing seven games in 11 days from Jan. 10-20 ... They are 2-2-1 through the first five games ... Buffalo leads the NHL with four 20-goal scorers ... Buffalo has a league-best road record of 17-4-2 ... The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games; 5-5 at home ... Vancouver is 9-1 in their last 10; 5-5 on the road ... Buffalo's last game before the five-day All-Star break is tomorrow night in Montreal (7 p.m.).
BUFFALO'S NEXT FIVE GAMES
# Saturday, January 20 @ Montreal 7:00 p.m.
# Friday, January 26 @ Columbus 7:00 p.m.
# Saturday, January 27 @ NY Islanders 7:00 p.m.
# Tuesday, January 30 vs. Boston 7:00 p.m.
# Thursday, February 1 @ Boston 7:00 p.m.
AFTER 47 GAMES
2006-07: 32-11-4 178 GF -- 136 GA
2005-06: 29-15-3 152 GF -- 136 GA
2003-04: 18-23-5-1 111 GF -- 122 GA
ATTENDANCE AT HSBC ARENA: After 24 home games in 2006-07, the Sabres have averaged 18,690 with 24
straight sell-out crowds... Dating back to the final game of the 2005-06 season, Buffalo has sold out 25 consecutive regular season games... The franchise record sell-out streak is 359 games: October 15, 1972 to November 12, 1980...Buffalo averaged 16,841 fans per game in 2005-06 with 18 sell-outs, with 690,474 fans visiting HSBC Arena in the regular season... Buffalo sold out all eight playoff games in 2005-06.
SABRES VS. THE WEST: Since the NHL adopted an unbalanced schedule prior to last season, the Sabres are 9-4-1 against Western Conference opponents, including 3-0-1 so far this season. Buffalo has already defeated Detroit, Nashville, and Chicago this year, and lost to St. Louis in overtime. After hosting Vancouver tonight, the Sabres will have five games remaining against teams from the West: at Columbus (1/26), and home against Calgary (2/10), Edmonton (2/15), Colorado (3/7), and Minnesota (3/9).
A CAREER NIGHT FOR PAILLE: Buffalo's 2002 first-round draft choice Daniel Paille had the first two-goal game of his career in Wednesday’s 6-3 win over Boston. The 6-1, 195-lb. winger netted his first goal of the season and second of his career in the first period when he tipped home a shot by Ales Kotalik. He capped off his career night by scoring on an empty net to secure the Buffalo win. The 22-year-old native of Welland, Ont., now has two goals and five assists in 10 games with the Sabres this season. Paille is in his third stint with the Sabres this season after being recalled from Rochester (AHL) on January 13. At the time of his recall, Paille had 20 points (6+14) in 28 games with Rochester. Paille, who appeared in 14 games with the Sabres last season, has 10 points (3+7) in 24 career NHL games. In his four year junior career with Guelph (OHL), Paille twice scored 30+ goals and captained Team Canada to a silver medal at the 2004 World Junior Championships.
BRIERE LEADS THE WAY: Sabres co-captain Daniel Briere leads the Sabres with 54 points (16+38). His 38 assists lead the Sabres, and trail Joe Thornton by 8 for the league lead. The 38 helpers are also a new career-high for Briere, surpassing the single-season high of 37 that he picked up during the 2003-04 season. With 189 points (76+113) in 191 games, Briere has averaged almost a point per game (.99) with Buffalo since being acquired from Phoenix on March 11, 2003 in exchange for Chris Gratton. For his career, the 29-year-old Briere has scored 335 points (146+189) in 403 games.
BLAME CANADA: Buffalo enters play today with 11 losses, the fewest in the Eastern Conference. However, seven of Buffalo's 11 losses have come at the hands of Canadian-based teams. The Ottawa Senators have defeated Buffalo four times, Toronto twice and Montreal once. The only US teams to beat Buffalo in regulation this season are Washington, Florida, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay. Buffalo has 13 games remaining against Canadian teams.
MILLER HITS THE CENTURY MARK: Sabres goalie Ryan Miller
played in his 100th NHL game on Monday, highlighted by a spectacular diving save on Boston’s Paul Mara. Miller, 26, enters tonight’s game with a career record of 59-33-7. His 59 wins currently ranks him ninth on the Sabres all-time list. The East Lansing, MI native also went 11-7 in last year’s playoffs, ranking him fourth in playoff wins. In just his second full NHL season, Miller was selected to start in the 2007 NHL All-Star game.
FOUR SABRES @ 20: Jason Pominville
scored his career-high 20th goal of the season last Saturday, giving the Sabres a league-leading four 20-goal scorers so far in 2006-07. Thomas Vanek
and Chris Drury each scored their 23rd goal of the season against Toronto on Jan. 11, while Maxim Afinogenov joined the 20-goal club on Jan. 10 in Chicago. No other team has three players with 20 or more goals, but five teams have a pair of players at the 20-goal plateau: Atlanta, NY Rangers, Pittsburgh, Washington and Tampa Bay.
The NHL record for most 20-goal scorers on one team is 11, held by the 1977-78 Boston Bruins. In terms of 30-goal scorers, the 1974-75 Sabres set the NHL record by having six players with 30 or more goals in one season. That mark has since been tied by the 1977-78 NY Islanders, and 1984-85 Winnipeg Jets.
SABRES ALL-STARS: The Sabres will be well represented at the NHL All-Star Game on January 24, with three starters being voted to the Eastern Conference squad. Co-captain Daniel Briere will start at forward alongside Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin; Brian Campbell will lineup on the blueline with Sheldon Souray; and Ryan Miller
will start between the pipes. This is the first appearance for all three players, marking the first time in NHL history that three players from the same team will all make their all-star debuts as starters. The only other Sabres in franchise history to be voted in as starters were Dominik Hasek (1998-2001) and Alex Mogilny (1994). In addition, Sabres sophomore scoring sensation Thomas Vanek
was selected to play in the YoungStars Game on Jan. 23. By virtue of Buffalo's overall lead in the Eastern Conference, Lindy Ruff was named as head coach of the East. Buffalo equipment manager Rip Simonick will also be making the trip to Dallas, his fourth all-star appearance in 36 seasons.