This Day In Buffalo Sabres History: December 12

It is another game day which means another trip down memory lane.  I am actually enjoying taking these daily trips

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down through the annals of Buffalo Sabres history.  The first 10 or so years of the franchise mean nothing to me, as I was not born or old enough to know that the Sabres exist.

All time for the Buffalo Sabres on this day through history is .500.  This is the 19th all time game on the 12th and the Sabres are 7-7-4.

Before there was Ryan Miller there was Dominik Hasek, and for some odd reason Dominik Hasek loved the month of December from a goaltending standpoint, and recorded more shutouts in the month of December than any other month he played in while in Buffalo.  It seemed the deep cold of the start of winter did something to his rubbery spine that made it extra difficult to score on him.

December of 2000 was no different, and on December 12, 2000 Dominik Hasek stopped 22 shots the Boston Bruins threw at him.  Buffalo won the game on the tail of Hasek’s shutout and a hat trick from J.P. Dumont.

Will the Buffalo Sabres ever rekindle that love for the December shutout?  Will the Sabres ever raise and forever hang number 39 from the rafters along with the others?  If they do, they should do it in his favorite month – the month of December.

Topics: Buffalo Sabres, Dominik Hasek, History, Jp Dumont, Ryan Miller

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  • Kevin

    I couldn’t agree more. Hang the Dominator’s Jersey this month. What a special night it would be. The fact that PL and TN are here and not DR, maybe it could happen. I wonder if anyone has bought the idea up to them.

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