Flyers Sabres HockeyLast week the Buffalo Sabres dropped games to the Philadelphia Flyers (6-4) and the New York Rangers (5-3). The losses prevent Buffalo from covering some much needed ground in the standings, as they remain locked in 10th place with a 34-30-8 record on the season.

Fast Facts:

Flyers @ Sabres   3/20/09

-The Philadelphia Flyers have swept the Sabres 4-0 this year. The Flyers haven’t done this since the 2000-2001 season. In the four wins, Philly has outscored Buffalo 20-9.

-The Flyers scored first on the power play via Michael Richards. Dominic Moore finally scored his first goal as a Sabre (his 13th on the year) and it took 7 games to do so, putting the Sabres up 2-1. Moore’s tally followed the game tying goal by Thomas Vanek (his 35th) in the second period. Simone Gagne tied it up again for Philly, but Derek Roy would score (his 26th) shortly thereafter to put the Sabres up 3-2. Ex-Sabre Daniel Briere then scored short handed to tie the contest, and just 1:05 later he beat Lalime again for the go ahead goal. Briere’s second goal came with only 35 seconds remaining in the frame. With the Flyers up 4-3 in the third period, Mike Knuble and Jeff Carter scored for Philly. However, Sabres defenceman Chris Butler earned his first career goal with only 1.2 seconds remaining, making the final score 6-4.

-Former Sabre Martin Biron stopped 39 shots compared to Patrick Lalime’s 25 saves. Biron has a 1.677 GAA against Buffalo this season.

-In the game, Buffalo was 0-7 on the power play, while Philadelphia was 2-3.

-Said Briere of his goals, “On the first one, a lot of weight came off my shoulders. The second one I got to enjoy a little more.”

Sabres Rangers HockeySabres @ Rangers   3/21/09

-The loss prevented Buffalo from sweeping the Rangers this season, going 3-1 on the series.

-Markus Nasland opened the game’s scoring about half way through the first period, and former Sabre Chris Drury scored on the power play to put the Rangers up 2-0 in the second. Danielle Paille scored his 10th of the season to cut the lead in half, but only minutes later Ryan Callahan gave the Rangers their two goal cushion back. Nikolai Zherdev finished out a 3 goal second period for the Rangers, to make the score 4-1. To start the third period, Sabre head coach Lindy Ruff pulled Patrick Lalime from goal, putting in Mikael Tellqvist. 18 seconds into the period Clarke MacArthur broke a 21 game scoring drought, scoring his 13th on the year, cutting the New York lead in half once again. With just over a minute remaining in the game, Toni Lydman netted his 3rd of the season to bring Buffalo within one goal. Ryan Callahan would score his second of the night on an empty netter though, making the final 5-3 Rangers.

-Patrick Lalime made only 15 saves in two periods, while Tellqvist stopped all 11 shots flung his way in the third. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 37 shots for the win.

-Sean Avery, newly returned to the Rangers after spending some time in the minors, was allowed to do whatever Sabres Rangers Hockeyhe wanted in this game. He tugged on Vanek’s face mask that is protecting his fractured jaw, and as expected, didn’t stop running his mouth for 60 minutes. Pat Kaleta had enough of Avery at one point, and shut his mouth.

-Buffalo was 0-5 with the man advantage, while the Rangers were 1-2 on the power play.

-Between these two games, Patrick Lalime stopped two penalty shots, but has given up 10 goals on 50 shots.

-In their last 7 games the Sabres are 1-5-1. They are 3-6-1 in their last 10.

-Since Miller went down, Buffalo has amassed a 3-7-2 record and are allowing an average of 3.33 goals per game. Buffalo is averaging 4.11 goals per game when they have lost during that span.

-Eastern Conference standings:

  1. Boston Bruins (102 points/73 games played)
  2. New Jersey Devils (97/72)
  3. Washington Capitals (96/74)
  4. Philadelphia Flyers (88/71)
  5. Pittsburgh Penguins (86/74)
  6. Carolina Hurricanes (85/74)
  7. New York Rangers (84/73)
  8. Montreal Canadiens (81/72)
  • In the hunt: Florida Panthers (80/72), Buffalo Sabres (76/72), Ottawa Senators (74/72)

-Buffalo’s next three games are against the Florida Panthers, Toronto Maple Loafs, and the Montreal Canadiens.



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