Category: Buffalo Sabres

Today’s 5: Suspension count, Team Canada’s forwards, USA’s defence, THN says trade Weber, and more.

Evander Kane representing Canada at the World Championships. Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.

1. 2013-14 NHL suspension count. The season isn’t even a month old and already there have been seven suspensions in the NHL. That is one suspension every three days, on average. Sabres’ forward John Scott will likely join the list…

Sabres’ John Scott injures Bruins’ Eriksson then drops the gloves with McQuaid

In a game last night between the Buffalo Sabres and Boston Bruins, NHL tough guy John Scott landed a questionable blindside hit, knocking B’s RW Loui Eriksson into a daze. There will likely be substantial supplementary discipline awarded Scott for his actions.

This is not the first time a game between the Sabres and Bruins has taken an ugly turn for the worse. In the 2011-12 season, Bruins’ Milan Lucic ran over goaltender Ryan Miller, causing a giant pile up. It’s thought Scott was acquired to regulate Boston’s physical edge over the Sabres. Watch the Lucic hit from 2011-12 here.

Scott was involved in a controversial melee earlier this (pre)season against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Sabres tough guy initiated a fight with Leafs’ pacifist Phil Kessel. Leafs’ offseason free agent signing David Clarkson hopped the boards in defence of Kessel. His ill advised breach of league rules earned him a 10-game suspension that expired Tuesday, October 22. As Clarkson returns, Scott will likely take a turn on the sidelines. The hockey world is almost unanimous in its belief that NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan will throw the book at Scott for his hit last night.  Watch Scott’s hit on Eriksson courtesy of Hockey Fights dot com‘s YouTube channel. Click here to subscribe. 

 

 

 

WATCH: Sabres’ Nikita Zadorov score first NHL goal

6’5″, only 18 years of age, Nikita Zadorov of the Buffalo Sabres looked like a giant scoring machine on his first ever NHL goal against the defending Eastern Conference champion, Boston Bruins.

The Sabres may not be winning now (1-9-1) but the future is bright if the young guns can materialize into solid NHLers at the same time over the next few seasons.

In a game that by all accounts should have ended 8-0 Bruins, the Sabres youngster made the most of some open ice in the Bruins’ zone, powering a backhand through goaltender Chad Johnson for his first career NHL goal.

Watch Zadorov’s first of what could be many NHL goals.

 

 

Nikita Zadorov was drafted 16th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in 2013.

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Today’s 5: Crosby’s scoring pace, Sabres losing pace, Tim Thomas’ positive influence, and more.

Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins.

1. Crosby is a beast. The NHL season is only three weeks old, and already Sidney Crosby is running away with the scoring lead, again. The Kid has 17 points in 8 games, as I’m sure you already know. Pretty…

Today’s 5: Sabres trade talk, Bolland returns home, 5 for Lapierre, and more.

Thomas Vanek, New York Islanders.

1. Miller and Vanek trade rumours I just came across an interesting article by The Hockey News‘ Lyle Richardson. The read suggests the Buffalo Sabres may be looking to move Ryan Miller to the Edmonton Oilers, or Thomas Vanek to…

Today’s 5: Crosby, Devils keep losing, Kaleta appeals 10 game suspension, and more.

Sidney Crosby, Penguins

1. A healthy Crosby is a productive Crosby Call it bad luck, or call it fragility, for whatever reason, Sidney Crosby has failed to play more than 41 games in an NHL season since 2009-10. In his last full go-round,…

10 Memorable Moments From The NHL’s First 12 Days

Alex Steen, St. Louis Blues

The first twelve days of the 2013-14 NHL season have been exciting, controversial, and filled with a whole lot of Patrick Roy. Here is a look at the ten best moments: 10. Grabovski hat trick almost spoils Blackhawks’ banner raiser…

30 Teams 30 Dreams: NHL Regular Season Team Rankings

Image Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.

1. Chicago Blackhawks It’s hard to argue against the dominant performance the Blackhawks displayed in 2012-13. Until proven otherwise, they are the best team in the National Hockey League. 2. Boston Bruins Aside from the fact the Bruins have played…