It’s a Sunday evening game – an early evening matinee with the Detroit Red Wings today – and game day brings a ton of coverage of your Buffalo
Sabres from the staff here. Your first segment – this date in Buffalo Sabres history.
All time the Buffalo Sabres have played 17 games on November 24th – and have only mustered 15 points. With six wins, eight losses, and three tie/overtime loss points.
November 24, 1974
Not sure how this one is possible, but in the same game that Bill Hajt scores his first NHL goal for the Sabres, Buffalo and the Montreal Canadiens combined for a total of 154 penalty minutes at Memorial Auditorium. Despite all the penalty trouble – Buffalo outscored the Canadiens 6-4.
This is the same Montreal Canadiens and Buffalo Sabres who would meet in the playoffs this year as the Buffalo Sabres moved through to the Finals in just their fourth year in the league, only to lose to the Philadelphia Flyers.
November 24, 1986
A dark day in Buffalo Sabres history – ok, maybe not a dark day – but in 1986 Gilbert Perreault announces his retirement from the NHL for the second time. Pension rules changed during the off season, and after 20 games into the 1986-1987 season Perreault called it a career for good. Seventeen years, 1,191 regular season games, 90 playoff games and several team records that will probably never be broken.
After his retirement, Lindy Ruff was named the 6th captain in franchise history.