It seems like so much has happened since the Buffalo Sabres found a way to win their first home game of the regular season. As we et back into the swing of a game day plan – the Buffalo Sabres had a couple of significant events happen on this day in the history of the franchise.
As Ted Nolan and his second generation of Buffalo Sabres prepares to do battle against the Toronto Maple Leafs – our first history note also took place against the Maple Leafs.
How long does it take for a team to score 5,000 goals? For the Sabres it was 6,241 days from the time their first goal was scored on October 10th, 1970 - to the scoring of the teams 5,000 goal in franchise history. Doug Smith scored the goal – one of just 35 he scored with the Buffalo Sabres and 110 he scored in the NHL. The goal came at home in Memorial Auditorium and it helped the Sabres defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4.
While our first history lesson gave us our 5,000 goal – the next bit of the past is more of an off ice accomplishment.
In 1995, the Buffalo Sabres lowered the banner honoring Gilbert Perreaults’ number 11 – and raised it to the rafters again – this time in tandem with banners honoring Rick Martin and Rene Robert as they should have been – together, forever immortalized as the French Connection – the famous line that provided so many years of entertainment for Buffalo Sabres fans.
Buffalo continues to honor the French Connection to this day, revealing the alumni plaza statue featuring the famous line.
The Buffalo Sabres look to snap their .500 record on this day, currently sitting at 7-7-4 all time on November 15th.