Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller makes a save against Chicago Blackhawks' Andrew Shaw during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
Blackhawks Hang On For 2-1 Win Over Sabres
A late surge by the Sabres wasn't enough on Saturday during a 2-1 loss to the Blackhawks. Drew Stafford pulled Buffalo to within a goal -- part of a 13-shot final period -- but Chicago hung on for the win.
Ben Smith deflected a Brent Seabrook shot past a heavily screened Ryan Miller to open the scoring at 9:26 of the first. Chicago maintained its one-goal lead until 19:35 of the second when Patrick Kane, with the Blackhawks on a power play, ripped a one-timer into the Buffalo net.
Both teams had their fair share of scoring chances prior to Kane's goal. Cody Hodgson missed the net on a one-time chance while Thomas Vanek was stoned by Crawford following a 2-on-1 break. Later in the period, Kane stole the puck from Ehrhoff, but was denied on the breakaway opportunity by Miller.
Stafford cut the Chicago lead in half with 8:11 remaining in regulation, but Corey Crawford stood tall the rest of the way and the Blackhawks prevailed 2-1. Crawford finished with 28 saves while Miller stopped 38 for Buffalo. The Sabres (0-5-1) are back home on Monday to host the Minnesota Wild at 7:30 p.m.
9:26 - CHI - Ben Smith (1) (Brent Seabrook, Brandon Bollig)
2:40 - BUF - Zemgus Girgensons (2 min., tripping)
6:37 - BUF - Tyler Myers (2 min., roughing)
10:05 - CHI - Niklas Hjalmarsson (2 min., holding)
12:10 - BUF - Steve Ott (2 min., boarding)
14:37 - CHI - Brandon Bollig (2 min., charging)
14:37 - BUF - Steve Ott (2 min., slashing)
19:35 - CHI - Patrick Kane (4) (PPG) (Patrick Sharp, Andrew Shaw)
11:49 - BUF - Drew Stafford (1) (Cody Hodgson, Mark Pysyk)
3:57 - CHI - Patrick Kane (2 min., high sticking)
BUF - Ryan Miller (38 saves, 40 shots)
CHI - Corey Crawford (28 saves, 29 shots)
BUF - 0 of 3
CHI - 1 of 5
1.) CHI - Corey Crawford (28 saves)
2.) BUF - Ryan Miller (38 saves)
3.) CHI - Patrick Sharp (0 G, 1 A)
Blackhawks Hang On For 2-1 Win Over Sabres
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No other way to put it
This team sucks. Six goals in six games. FIRE REGEIR NOW!!!
Good job refs,
another great "penalty" against the Sabres costs them the game.
Any trades yet???
We need friggin' goal scorers!!! End the Ennis experiment. Wake up the jackazzz general manager!
Free Vanek & Miller
Get something for Vanek & Miller before they leave! First Fire REGEIR So it will happen!
this is ugly
the rochester americans in the NHL
How's Colorado doing? Aren't they "re-building" too?
Oops, sorry. That's right, they won again. Meanwhile, Chicago pulls a "Detroit sleepwalk" on us and now things are a little better? Wow, suckers!
And just why is the Manager at fault?
Firing the manager at this point does nothing to the construct of the team. There are good rookies here and in Rochester. It takes time to develop a team from the ground up. Last night the first period was horrible except for the outstanding work of Miller. Periods two and three showed real signs of both effort and skill against, let's not forget, the Stanley Cup Champions. All in all this was a good step forward. Would I have liked a win; of course. But they don't come easily when you are rebuilding. You need to watch the game and see the progress. That's what hockey people do.
By the way -What is with the silly entry process to post a comment??
"What's he done wrong?"
Please remind us....
what "WALMART" is supposed to mean again? It makes no sense, and isn't the least bit witty. The only difference between the Sabres and Walmart is that Walmart has been hugely successful for years and is always the #1 dog on the block. Unless your constantly touting your 7.25 and hour job stocking shelves there.
Darcy Has Dealt Himself A Built In Pass
Look, even the broadcasters are beginning to use this approach more and more in their broadcasts. The Sabre's at the end of last season said the team was going to be really bad this year. Prepare to suffer! Now, They can say what's all the big surprise; We Told you so! Darcy is truly a genius, as well as quite a few other adjectives I could use that would be less flattering. He has a built in excuse. Now they can be really bad for three or four seasons to come and he can say "remember rebuilding". And after those years and it still hasn't worked he can say well that didn't work like we anticipated we'll have to hang on for a few more seasons and rebuild again. The only way to get rid of this clown and make Pegula do what should have been done when he bought the team is Don't Go.
Need a new GM
Lets look at bringing in someone new like someone that REALLY pays attention to detail.....start following @sabresprospects on twitter. Chris has his finger on the pulse of whats going on in the entire organization & understands the game. Lets bring in this kid!
Sold my tickets
Buying an air hockey game Bye Sabres...
Regier FIRE Timer 0-20-5
Pegula, the god of hockey haven, will finally wake up from his long hibernation.
NEED TO STAY AWAY FROM THE ARENA
In order to wake up Pegula, fans need to stay away from the arena and/or leave early like they did at the last home game. That will cost the franchise money. We all know the mistake he made keeping Darlene Regier and unfortunately we are the laughing stock of the NHL. The other problem is we have Rolston who has the personality of a snail. He ran the same system in Rochester and Lindy did and we have the same results. We need change both in the GM and coaching ranks. They are both over matched!
Drew Stafford scored??? Holy cow, must be a contract year!
Announcers and the WGR post game a Joke
The Blackhawks tired? A tired team don't put 40 shots on net. Just tell the fans the truth you morons and quit making excuses. There isn't any. THE SABRES SUCK!!! I haven't seen anything positive watching this Joke. They're becoming unwatchable. Skeletor 2 sucks behind the bench. He's no NHL coach. Pathetic.
Look for trade rumors while the Wild are in town
Stafford, Ennis, and Vanek. More to come...
not bad...not good either. Better? what good is a rebuild with the same boring architect?
OH AND 5!!! HEY! WHAT HAS HE DONE WRONG??????
WALMART= "THEEE BIGGEST NICKLE AND DIME LOoSER FRANCHISE IN PRO SPORTS!!!" ELITE ME, EXTEND ME, REGEIRIUM FOR EVERYONE, but please don't block my post. Thank You Sabers!!!!
Look at the numbers
why are the goalies facing around 40 shots a night? Lack of control of the puck (puck possession), poor defense, no commitment to current system (what ever that is), or is it total lack of hockey knowledge. I do believe in the youth movement it is time for this to happen. What do I think that should change or will. I have an answer the Sabres need to right a wrong that they committed years ago Ted Nolan. Remember what Mr. Nolan did for the Sabres in the past & what he did it with. I believe it could be done again as Coach or GM don't care, but to me both positions we be vacant by the end of the season.
In the words above of THEEE "DUMBEST LEADER" OF ALL MANKIND! WALMART, NOW FIRMLY IN LAAAAST PLACE, IS "THEEE BIGGEST NICKLE AND DIME LOoSER FRANCHISE IN PRO SPORTS"!! COGRATULATIONS GO OUT TO "DARCEY REGEIR" WELL DONE!!! Hope you 're busy "scouting" NEXT YEARS CROP OF DRAFTABLE LOoSER EUROS!!! ELITE ME, EXTEND ME, HIT ME FROM BEHIND, but please don't block my post. Thank you Sabers.
What's the Point
Nothing's going to change. I hope this team loses every game. It would be great to see Regeir's name go down in history as the worst N.H.L.'s General Manager of all time.
Pay the Price for Players Who CAN Score
There is only one way Darcy Regier can inject offense into the Sabres' lineup - in a hurry - and that is to acquire it; and he can do it, if he is willing to pay the price. If he is willing to trade draft picks, Jhonas Enroth and/or D-men, Darcy can bring in legitimate top-six forwards. What might Edmonton - desperate for reliable goaltending - want for Jordan Eberle? Maybe Enroth and Albertan Tyler Ennis or Mark Pysyk? Maybe Enroth and a First Round Draft Pick? Remember what it cost Toronto to acquire Phil Kessel. The Islanders - too - are a team in need of reliable goaltending, and a "quarterback" on the blueline. Might they give up Michael Grabner and Brock Nelson for Enroth and Christian Ehrhoff? The easy - and immediate - move Darcy could make - to inject some offense - is to sign free agent Vinny Prospal. Yes, it is true that he is 38; it's also true that he led Columbus in points just a few months ago. So - obviously - he's still got some offensive prowess left.
This team does nothing until....
they bottom out and get a top 2 draft pick at the center position. Nothing since Drury.
here you thought "Breaking News" was a trade made by the Sabres. The Bills losing in overtime is not. Some drunk must have put that on. Bulldog???
What's The Point
Is this team ever going to score goals and get a win? I hope they lose all their games to show Regeir that he is a terrible GM and he should do the right thing and quit.
re:Worse GM, and Manager at Fault
I know you mean well, but Darcy has claimed that title ten, or more years ago. Most of this whole problem is why he continues to hold his job. Please someone tell us why. Until he is relesed. fired what ever, don't go within a mile of First Niagra.
Sabres and Amerks Bad
Not only do the Sabres have likely at least a half dozen players that should be honing their skills and picking up confidence playing as a unit in Rochester, the Amerks are getting crushed down the Thruway as well. Why should both cities have to suffer? We know we are in for a very long season, and likely more, here in Buffalo. So how about this organization do the right thing...fire the GM so the next guy can assign Porter, Flynn, Larsson, Girgensons, Tropp, Ristolainen and Pysk to play in Rochester together. They can grow as a unit, see some success for their effort, build some confidence in their collective game and hope for a NHL future together. If you need us to see these kids now you can always schedule a few Americans games for FNC. Too bad Grigorenko can't go with them but what the heck, we will only have burned two years of his entry level contract by the end of this year and put him that much closer to unrestricted free agency by the time his game finally catches up to the NHL level. But really, "What's Darcy done wrong?", asks Jed Clampett.
re: And just why is the Manager at fault?
Because they ARE REBUILDING, REBUILDING THE WRECK "The Manager" built. Cease the drugs man! WALMART SUCKS!
FIRE CHAN GAILEY!
ER, FIRE DIK JAURON!
ER; FIRE MIKE MULLARKEY!
RE Sabres and Amerks Bad
Yes... but then THE DEADHEAD will have to sign "NHL" players to replace them at WALMART; and that COSTS "NHL" money. Never gonna happen with "THE GLASS HOUSE" ALWAYS SOLDOUT. That's why Jed's a happy camperand THE DEADHEAD is always safe! VIVA WALMART!!!!!
The Clone Heads
Here's a thought... like Clark Kent and Superman whom you never saw together, Marcy and Rolston are actually the SAME person!!! That's why the "exhaustive" coaching search took so little time. A little make up, put on some glasses... and there you go!
The wrong guy
Jed Clampett??? Mister Howell from Gilligan's Island is a better fit.
Carbon copy of the Detroit game
Same game, same score, same outcome. An infinitely better team in every single facet of the game built an insurmountable 2-0 lead and never ever looked back. There was never any point in that game that the Sabres were poised to tie or take the lead. I don't care about the flurry they had at the end of the game it was not going to happen. This might turn out to be the worst team in the history of the NHL. They have more than a rebuild. They need a complete tear down starting with the GM and the front office.
RE: Please remind us
I totally appreciate your post. If this team had any resemblance of a Wal Mart then we would be strong performers, efficient, and a have a huge amount of depth. That same clown comes on here after every game to try and be funny and simply doesn't realize that he is not. As for this team - I think the common theme for frustration is that fans are tired of seeing Darcy behind the wheel. I personally don't think any changes should be made to the team or the coach so that this horrendus product gets the 1st overall pick next year. But once we get that pick - Darcy should NOT be the guy that decides how to use it. He should be fired once the playoffs start.
Ranger fans unhappy?
How about taking the Sabres roster and we'll take the Rangers roster? A NHL record 23 player trade. I can handle that!
Take note Walmart Guy
The home opener vs Ottawa was the only sellout so far at the FNC. Tampa and Columbus weren't sold out. A good sign for a wake up call???
RE; RE: Please remind us
This time PAY ATTENTION: I know it's hard work but try again...
def.; WALMART= "SUCCESSFULLY MARKETING THE LOWEST QUALITY PRODUCT TO THE LARGEST SEGMENT OF AMERICA; THE LEAST EDUCATED"
SOUND FAMILIAR? Hey! What have I done wrong? ELITEME, EXTEND ME, HIT ME FROM BEHIND, but please don't block my post. Thank you Sabers.
To many fans showing up:
Management still laughing at us, all the way to the bank. More fans have to stay away, until this mess is cleaned up. We need a complete makeover, with real hockey people running the team. Just happen to watch the the MSG/Sabres tribute to the French Connection line, it must have been wonderful when first shown, now feel very upset watching it.
Hey Buffalo stop giving your hard earned cash to a billionaire who pockets your money and puts the worst product in all of sports on the ice. (Yes this team is worse than the Astros and Jaguars).