With the city about to become sports crazy with the combination of early-season baseball games mixed with playoff hockey and basketball, Neil Keefe starts his weekly random thoughts column.
Ryan Miller made 30 saves, including stopping Matt Moulson on the doorstep with 4:04 left, and led the Buffalo Sabres to a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.
Lundqvist continues to take his game to new heights. ‘King Henrik’ is starting to earn Hart Trophy consideration as he leads the NHL in save percentage and shutouts.
Jason Pominvile and Nathan Gerbe scored in a shootout and Ryan Miller made 27 saves as the Buffalo Sabres snapped a 12-game losing streak on the road with a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.
Evgeni Nabokov picked up his 300th career NHL win as the Islanders defeated the Sabres, 4-2.
The Devils were shut out on consecutive nights – and for the third time in five games – following a 1-0 shootout loss at Pittsburgh. They’ve gone 173:55 without scoring a goal.
Brad Boyes scored a power-play goal in his Sabres debut, and Buffalo made the tight Eastern Conference playoff race a bit more crowded with a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.
The Sabres look for their longest winning streak of 2010-11 when they face the Islanders for the second time in a week as the teams open a home-and-home set at HSBC Arena on Friday night.
John Tavares scored three goals for his second NHL hat trick, and Rick DiPietro made 40 saves to help the New York Islanders beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-3 on Saturday night and snap a three-game losing streak.
Buffalo looks to earn a point for the eighth time in nine games Saturday night when it visits an Islanders team that hasn’t been able to shut down opponents in losing three straight.
Not only are the Buffalo Sabres and New Jersey Devils at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, both teams may have to recover without their star goaltenders.
Martin Brodeur made 24 saves for his 111th NHL shutout, and Ilya Kovalchuk scored 53 seconds into overtime to lift the short-handed New Jersey Devils to their first win of the season, 1-0 in Buffalo on Wednesday night.
Early struggles from two of the league’s most accomplished goaltenders have plagued both clubs, but perhaps a head-to-head meeting will spark a turnaround as Ryan Miller’s Sabres host Martin Brodeur and the Devils on Wednesday night.
Derek Stepan became the fourth player to score three times in his NHL debut and led the New York Rangers to a season-opening 6-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.