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NOTEBOOK: IF HE HAD A DIME...

by Erin Pollina / Buffalo Sabres
 
Paul Gaustad (Photo: Bill Wippert)
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Game Summary
The Buffalo Sabres earned two points with a 4-3 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night.

Paul Gaustad, meanwhile, earned 20 cents.

The forward, who is credited with a dime by his grandfather for each goal, net a pair of scores – including the game-winner with just 3:24 remaining in regulation.

“I’ll take them any way I can get them,” Gaustad said.

Finishing the 2007-08 season with a career-high 10 goals – the 6-foot-5 forward isn’t known for his goal scoring. He has, however, become a force in front of the net. 

“That’s my strength and that’s what I try to play to,” he said. “I’m not really a finesse guy… I try to get to the net as much as possible. Sometimes they go off you and sometimes they don’t.”

His first goal came midway through the second period when Drew Stafford fed him the puck from the side of the net, allowing Gaustad to slap it past rookie netminder John Curry.

Gaustad later scored his second goal of the night, and second of the season, by again crashing the net and tipping in a pass from Jason Pominville.

“It was just kind of whack and hack there,” Gaustad said of the play.

The game marked his first multi-goal performance since Dec. 8, 2007 when he tallied a pair against the San Jose Sharks.

“I’m just trying to contribute any way that I can… if it’s scoring it’s scoring, if it’s hitting it’s hitting… I just try to do my job and play to my strengths,” Gaustad said. “It’s great scoring goals but it’s also great to get a win.”

Also snapping a scoring drought in the effort was Drew Stafford, who tallied two goals.

Entering Friday night’s contest against the Penguins, the winger had only two goals to his credit through 18 games.

It was his first goal since Oct. 23 against the Minnesota Wild and first multi-goal game since Jan. 18, 2008 when he scored a hat trick against the Atlanta Thrashers.


This is the ninth consecutive year that Buffalo has played on the Wednesday and Friday of Thanksgiving Week, and the 21st time in franchise history. In the 42 games played on these days, the Sabres have a combined overall record of 23-13, along with five ties and one overtime loss. They are 10-7 with four ties on Wednesdays and 13-6-1 with one tie on Fridays. Since 2003-04, Buffalo’s Thanksgiving record is 9-0-1 – with the lone blemish being an overtime loss to Montreal on Nov. 27, 2006.


The Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame inducted the Class of 2008, honoring Dave Andreychuk and Milt Ellis in a pre-game ceremony.

Andreychuk spent 12 of his 23 NHL seasons in Buffalo (1982-93; 2000-01), scoring 804 points (368+436) in 837 games.

“I came here as an 18-year-old kid, and I never left,” Andreychuk said. “I call this home.”

Andreychuk received a standing ovation from the sold-out crowd at HSBC Arena.

Ellis was the Sabres’ public address announcer for 26 seasons at the Memorial Auditorium, with his unmistakable voice announcing some of the most memorable moments in Sabres history.

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