The first week of "Sabres Classics" featured games from the '90s and 2000s, but for the next little bit, it's all about 2005-06.
We'll start with a sampling of regular season games from that year. The NHL was coming out of a lockout that canceled the 2004-05 campaign and the Buffalo Sabres had a great mix of veterans, players entering their prime and rookies ready to shine. Expectations were low for Buffalo and as the year wore on, it was clear that something special was happening at One Seymour H. Knox III Plaza.
The team made it to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals before an insurmountable number of injuries ended their "scary good" playoff run.
So set your DVRs as we turn back the clock! All "Sabres Classics" broadcasts will start at 8 p.m. in the local Buffalo market and they'll air live on the MSG Go app.
Here is what we have scheduled:
Monday, March 30
- Victory over Washington (November 17, 2005)
- The Sabres defeat Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals 8-5 and would remain above .500 for the rest of the season. Look for a Taylor Pyatt hat trick and three points from Tim Connolly (1+2).
Tuesday, March 31
- Seven-Game Win Streak (December 19, 2005)
- The Sabres roll off their seventh win a row with a 2-1 shootout win in Philadelphia. Ryan Miller made 33 saves on the road.
Wednesday, April 1
- 'Around The World' (February 4, 2006)
- The Sabres defeat the Ottawa Senators for the first time this season with a 2-1 shootout victory, renewing a rivalry that would boil for the next two seasons. Thomas Vanek scored the game-deciding goal in the shootout, faking out Dominik Hasek.
Thursday, April 2
- It's always good to beat Toronto (March 16, 2006)
- The Sabres extend their season-best winning streak to eight games with this 3-1 victory over the Maple Leafs. Co-captain Chris Drury recorded two goals and an assist.
Friday, April 3
- Heroics from Briere (April 5, 2006)
- Now it's time for co-captain Daniel Briere to shine. In this 5-4 win over Ottawa, he scored in both the final minute of regulation and the final minute of overtime. His clutch play would come in handy in the postseason later that month.
Stay tuned to Sabres.com and our social channels for updates and additional content surrounding each classic game.