Today in Hockey History: Jan 10

Today in Hockey History: Jan 10

January 10th, 2021 Some of the greatest players in National Hockey League history have had plenty of reasons to celebrate on Jan. 10. In addition, fans in Montreal, Boston and Buffalo were treated to multiple big moments throughout the decades. It is time to fire up our hockey time machine to take a look at all the...
Sabres’ 2020-21 East Division Rivals Present Unique Challenges

Sabres’ 2020-21 East Division Rivals Present Unique Challenges

January 8th, 2021 It’s been said a hundred times already, but it’s worth repeating: this will be an NHL season unlike any other. That will be especially true when it comes to the schedule, as the 56-game slate will consist solely of inter-divisional matchups.  Those divisions themselves will look quite...
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December 23rd, 2020
Sabres History

New York was the site of a ton of great memories, both on Long Island and in Buffalo, on this date in National Hockey League history. With this being the final day of hockey before the Christmas break for nearly the last 50 years, there has plenty of big moments. Buckle up and enjoy our daily trip through the decades. All About the Islanders Denis Potvin scored a goal and had two assists, on Dec. 23, 1977, in the New York Islanders’ 7-5 loss at the Montreal Canadiens. He became the first defenseman in franchise history to score 100 goals. He retired with 310 career goals, the fifth-most in NHL history by a blueliner. One year later, on Dec. 23, 1978, Bryan Trottier had a record-setting night during the Islanders’ 9-4 victory over the New York Rangers. After scoring the opening goal of the contest, he scored three goals and assisted on three others in the Islanders’ seven-goal explosion during the second period. His six points in the middle frame set a league record for...
December 21st, 2020
Sabres History

Dec. 21 has been a very eventful date in National Hockey League history. Two NHL records were broken, memories were made in Los Angeles, 250 was a magic number and one of the greatest goaltenders in league history performed well on this date. It’s time for our daily look at today in hockey history. New All-Time Highs Bobby Orr picked up an assist, on Dec. 21, 1972, in the Boston Bruins’ 8-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. This gave him 541 career points, which were the most ever by an NHL defenseman. He needed just 423 games to break Doug Harvey’s record, who scored 540 points in 1,113 contests. Orr’s 915 career points are now 11th all-time for blueliners. Orr revolutionized the game from the back end. (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images) Martin Brodeur made 35 saves, on Dec. 21, 2009, in the New Jersey Devils’ 4-0 win at the Pittsburgh Penguins. This was the 104th shutout of his Hall of Fame, putting him one ahead of Terry Sawchuk for the most in...
December 18th, 2020
Sabres History

The Buffalo Sabres have seen a lot of turnover at head coach in their 50-plus years of existence. Second-year man Ralph Krueger represents the sixth different head coach in just the last eight seasons. Ironically, one of the best coaches the team ever had was only around for parts of three-and-a-half seasons across two different stints: Ted Nolan. Nolan’s first two seasons in Buffalo — 1995-96 and 1996-97 — were marked by a fair number of both highs and lows and a whole lot of drama. But even a quarter-century later, those teams still elicit fond memories for Sabres fans. Nolan’s second stop in Buffalo in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons was notable for the fact that the team was actively trying to lose games during that time. But the reason they brought him back was that he was so beloved in his first stint in the mid-1990s. While he only lasted two seasons the first time around, Nolan’s teams quickly earned the type of moniker that every squad wants to be known for:...
December 13th, 2020
Sabres Prospects

In this edition of Sabres News & Rumors, I'll discuss Buffalo Sabres prospects Dylan Cozens and Jack Quinn being named to Team Canada for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship and what the upcoming 2020-21 hockey season has in store for them. Cozens Making Second World Junior Appearance, Likely to Debut With Sabres For the second consecutive year, Cozens is representing Team Canada at the IIHF World Junior Championship. At the 2020 edition of the tournament, he became the first Yukoner to play for Team Canada and tallied nine points (two goals, seven assists) in seven games en route to a gold medal. This year, the expectations are even higher for the 19-year-old. Cozens recorded 85 points (38 goals, 47 assists) in 51 games played with the Lethbridge Hurricanes this season and was named as the Western Hockey League's (WHL) Eastern Conference Player of the Year. Known for his exceptional shooting ability, hockey sense, size, speed and strength, he is one of Team Canada's...

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The Buffalo Sabres just can’t catch a break. Despite making the playoffs in 20 of their first 25 seasons, the Sabres only made it past the second round twice in that span, falling short of the Stanley Cup on both occasions. Later, backstopped by Dominik Hasek, arguably the best goaltender... October 26th, 2020

Hockey Hall of Fame Debates: Rick Martin

Injuries are a part of life, and most certainly a part of sports. There is no doubt that if Buffalo Sabres fabled sniper Rick Martin had not sustained a career-ending injury he would have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame long ago. Martin would likely have played at least five more years... October 16th, 2017