Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving – and hopefully your turkey coma wears off before 7:30 tonight when the Buffalo Sabres play host to to Toronto Maple Leafs – meeting the Atlantic division rivals for the 3rd time in fourteen days.
It is a day of firsts on November 29th for the Buffalo Sabres who are 10-11-0 all time on one of the final days of November.
Our first blast from the past comes from 1981 in a home game against the New York Islanders. The Buffalo Sabres won the game at Memorial Auditorium 5-2 – on the heals of a hat trick from Lindy Ruff. It was Lindy Ruff’s first hat trick as a Sabre and the first of his career.
Twelve years later the Buffalo Sabres hot another first of what would be many instances of this. The Buffalo Sabres defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-0 as Dominik Hasek recorded his first shutout as a member of the Buffalo Sabres. It was Hasek’s second career shutout (one with the Chicago Blackhawks prior to his trade) and the first of 55 shutouts as a member of the Sabres.
Will more history be made tonight as the Sabres face off against the Maple Leafs? Will the Leafs continue to take liberty (warranted or not0 with John Scott and the rest of the Buffalo Sabres?
Tune in at 7:30 tonight to find out.