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'Sabres Classics' will air each night at 8 p.m. on MSG

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

Tonight at 8 p.m., catch the first episode of "Sabres Classics" on MSG. Each night, we'll re-air a memorable Sabres game from the past. We'll look back at Dominik Hasek's 70-save shutout against the New Jersey Devils in 1994. Dave Hannan was the quadruple-overtime hero in that one.

Here's what you need to know. 


'Sabres Classics'

Video: Sabres Memories: Dave Hannan's 4OT goal in 1994

Tonight's game looks at Game 6 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, which started on April 27, 1994 and ended at 1:52 a.m. the next day.
Hasek set the record for most saves in a playoff shutout in NHL history and Hannan netted a goal in the fourth overtime period to force a Game 7. Since gameplay lasted 2 hours, 5 minutes and 43 seconds, we'll pick things up in the third period.

Read more about the game here.  

We'll have more for you as the week goes on, including alumni interviews and a new episode of Beyond Blue and Gold.

Here's the schedule for the rest of the week:

Tuesday, March 24

  • The Final Game at The Aud (April 14, 1996) 
  • "Farewell, Old Friend." Those were the words used by former owner Seymour H. Knox III during the closing ceremonies of Buffalo Memorial Auditorium. The team called The Aud home for 26 seasons and recorded a 4-1 victory over Hartford in the last game played there.


Wednesday, March 25

  • Sabres win 10th consecutive game to start 2006-07 season (October 26, 2006) 
  • Following a "Scary Good" playoff run, the Sabres opened up the 2006-07 campaign with 10 victories in a row. Here's the final game of the streak that helped propel Buffalo to the best record in the NHL that season. 


Thursday, March 26

  • Sabres and Rangers Play First Meaningful Game in Manhattan After 9/11 (October 7, 2001)
  • After the tragic events of September 11, the Sabres took on the Rangers in New York's regular-season home opener at Madison Square Garden as the nation healed. In a sign of solidarity, the Sabres wore jerseys with a "New York" script across the front. 


Friday, March 27

  • Game 5 of the 2007 Eastern Conference Semifinals (May 4, 2007)
  • "Who else" but Chris Drury could deliver a game-tying goal in the dying seconds of regulation? We'll pick up this game against the Rangers in the second period.

Broadcasts will begin at 8 p.m. on MSG within the local Buffalo market. The games will also be replayed multiple times each evening and the next day on MSG and they will air throughout the weekend as well. They will be available on the MSG Go app, too. 

And if you miss a game, we'll have it uploaded to our official YouTube channel at noon the following day. Subscribe today!  


Sabres sign Biro

College free agent Brandon Biro signed with the Sabres on Wednesday. Learn more about him…

In the aftermath of seeing his collegiate career come to an abrupt end, Brandon Biro has kept things in perspective. 

Biro signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday. A week ago, he was still preparing to captain top-seeded Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament. Biro was among 10 graduating seniors on a roster that was poised to play in the NCAA Tournament regardless of the outcome in their conference bracket. 

As the world increased efforts to suppress the spread of COVID-19, both the Big Ten Tournament and the NCAA Tournament were canceled last Thursday. Just like that, Biro's time at Penn State was over.

"Some things are bigger than hockey," Biro said by phone Wednesday. "So, it was unfortunate but understandable."

Biro grew with the Penn State program. He arrived as an 18-year-old freshman from Alberta for the 2016-17 season, adjusting to life away from his family for the first time. The Nittany Lions made their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament that same year, their fifth in Division I.

Biro, a left winger, describes himself as a 200-foot player who uses his speed to create space and his hockey sense to play creatively on offense. Sabres general manager Jason Botterill said he expects Biro to bring "skill, hockey sense, and character" to the organization.

"I feel like there's a good opportunity for myself to come in and prove myself as a player and get an opportunity to play," Biro said. "I think it was just a good fit both on the ice and off the ice."

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