As the Buffalo Sabres look to use tonight’s contest against the Los Angeles Kings to make it two in a row for the first time this season – their historic
record on November 7 doesn’t look all that appealing. This will be the 20th game played for the Sabres on this date – and they have a combined franchise record of 6-10-3.
A day of records we could call it – despite the poor record of the franchise for games played on the seventh – there are a couple of individual records that were set on this day in Buffalo Sabres history that probably will never be broken.
In 1981 – John Van Boxmeer netted a hat trick and added two assist as the Sabres ran over the New York Rangers 6-2. Boxmeer’s record would stand for eight years, when Phil Housley would tie it against the Quebec Nordiques. That franchise record still stands today.
1986 – Gilbert Perreault scores goals number 511 and 512 – the last two of his career in a losing effort against the Vancouver Canucks. With Perreault’s help the Sabres scored six goals, but the Canucks scored seven to take the victory. His 512 goals stand as the most by a single player with his career in Buffalo, 130 more than the next highest scorer – Rick Martin. Will anyone ever topple Perreault’s record?
2009 was a milestone night as well, as Tim Connolly played in his 500th NHL game, Henrik Tallinder appeared in his 400th game, and Jhonas Enroth made his debut with the Buffalo Sabres. The opponent was the Boston Bruins – who beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-2.