2012 SABRES ROAD LOSING STREAK
From Sabres Gameday; Written by Steve Dowling on 2012-08-19
The Buffalo Sabres continue to try, but the Sabres cannot win on the road. They found this out once again on Saturday in a 4-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues. The loss was Buffalo’s fifth in a row, and 12th straight on the road. They fell to 19-24-5 on the season, and flew home tonight sitting in 14th spot in the Eastern Conference with 43 points – nine points behind eighth-place Washington.
Buffalo was trailing 2-1 midway through the third period when Thomas Vanek took a hooking penalty in the offensive zone. Just six seconds later David Backes got a puck behind Ryan Miller, a goal that turned out to be the eventual game winner. Backes had a 4 point night on his way to being named the 1st star.
Buffalo opened the scoring on Mike Weber’s first goal of the year at 16:13. Weber took a pass from Tyler Myers and lasered a wrister past Jarolslav Halak from the left faceoff dot. Weber's...(Read More)
From Sabres Gameday; Written by Steve Dowling on 2012-07-08
The Buffalo Sabres road losing streak reached 11 games tonight as they dropped a 4-1 decision to the Winnipeg Jets before a sold-out crowd at the MTS Centre. Their first trip to Winnipeg in 16 years did not do any favors for them. Buffalo has now lost the first four games of a season-high seven game road trip by a combined score of 19-5, and close out the first part of the trip Saturday in St. Louis against the high-flying Blues. The Sabres haven’t won a road game since December 3 in Nashville, and play four of their next five away from the First Niagara Center.
Despite playing last night in Chicago and arriving late into Winnipeg, the Sabres were able to skate with the Jets early. Winnipeg carried play for the early part of the game, but was only able to head to the first intermission up by a goal. But after Drew Stafford tied it up early in the second, the opportunistic Jets scored...(Read More)
From Sabres Gameday; Written by Steve Dowling on 2012-06-06
Jonathan Toews scored twice, and the Chicago Blackhawks broke a tie with four unanswered goals, to take down the Buffalo Sabres 6-2.
The game was deadlocked at 2-2 after a power play goal by Jason Pominville early in the second period. But a turnover at the Chicago blueline by Ville Leino two minutes later led to a goal by Marian Hossa, and the Sabres were never able to regain their footing.
The Sabres are now 2-6-2 in their last 10 games, making them 19-22-5 on the season. The loss was also Buffalo’s third in row, and their 10th straight on the road. The Sabres haven’t won away from the First Niagara Center since December 3 in Nashville.
Both teams traded chances after playing more than six minutes without a whistle. The line of Gaustad-Ellis-Kaleta had some great sustained pressure that almost resulted in a goal. Jason Pominville opened the scoring at 9:30 when he uncorked...(Read More)
From Sabres Gameday; Written by Steve Dowling on 2012-05-20
The Detroit Red Wings scored 3 goals in the 1st period on their way to shutting down the Buffalo Sabres 5-0 at Joe Louis Arena. Pavel Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi paced the Detroit attack with three points each, and Jimmy Howard stopped all 27 Sabres shots in the blanking. The victory was a franchise-record 15th consecutive on home ice for the Wings, who haven’t lost at home since November 3.
While the Red Wings have been dominant at home, the Sabres continue to search for their winning ways on the road. Buffalo has now lost a franchise-record nine straight road games in regulation, after starting the season 8-3-0. Their last road win was on December 3 in Nashville. The Sabres have lost three of their last four games, dropping to 19-21-5 on the season.
Buffalo’s mounting frustration was clearly evident in the voice of goaltender Ryan Miller following the game. Miller, who was pulled...(Read More)
From Sabres Gameday; Written by Steve Dowling on 2012-05-16
Michael Grabner scored twice in the third period, and Evgeni Nabokov made 23 saves to become the 26th goaltender in league history to win 300 games, as the New York Islanders doubled up the Buffalo Sabres 4-2 on Saturday night. The Sabres road losing streak continues as the team is struggling to stay in the playoff race. They have now lost 8 straight games on the road. This is a new Sabres record, breaking the previous mark of seven games was achieved twice back in 1970. The Sabres haven’t won away from the First Niagara Center since December 2 in Nashville.
Down 3-2 with 1:24 left in the third, the Sabres had a chance to tie the game when Thomas Vanek was awarded a penalty shot when the Islanders net was deliberately knocked off. He came in slowly and fired a shot low to the left that clearly had Nabokov beaten, but rang the puck off the post. Vanek took the shot wearing a facemask...(Read More)