Just a few days ago – I wrote in the history of the Buffalo Sabres – that Gilbert Perreault came out of retirement to play a portion of 1986-1987
season because of a new rule governing his pension. Those 20 games helped push his career total to 1,191. Second on the all time games played for the Buffalo Sabres is Craig Ramsay – who played in his first NHL game on this day in 1971.
The Buffalo Sabres were still only a year old, and the opponent was the similarly aged Vancouver Canucks. Vancouver won that game 5-2. Ramsay would continue an NHL career that spanned fourteen NHL seasons, all with the Buffalo Sabres.
Ramsay would go on to play in 1,070 games, just 21 shy of the all time record held by Perreault. Without Perreault’s 20 games stint during the fall of 1986 – Ramsay would have only missed the franchise record by one game.
Tonight the Buffalo Sabres face off against the Montreal Canadiens just as they did on this date back in 2010. Montreal would win that game 3-1 in Montreal, their fourth straight win against Buffalo. Montreal has not beaten Buffalo in consecutive match-ups since that day.
Buffalo is now 11-2-1 against Montreal since that loss in 2010. Montreal won the last outing between these two teams, so if history remains true – the Buffalo Sabres are due for a victory tonight.