Normally in Buffalo at this time of the year we are battling snow and wind, not dealing with raining and flooding. Damn global warming, oh wait, the socially accepted term is climate change now isn’t it? Either way it is not looking like their will be a white Christmas in the hub of Sabres Nation.
In our last editor of This Day In Sabres History before the Christmas break – we look at the Buffalo Sabres on December 23rd. In 28 games played on this day, the Buffalo Sabres have a happy and healthy 16-8-4 record, players in Blue and Gold (and for awhile, red, white, and black) enjoyed the upcoming rest from work with more wins than losses and ties. Buffalo will look to continue that trend against the Phoenix Coyotes tonight.
Back in 1989 Phil Housley gets himself into the Sabres record book for most points in a game by a defenseman, an honor he shares with John Van Boxmeer. Housley netted a goal and four assists as the Sabres skated to a 6-5 win over the Quebec Nordiques. (Hey remember when the Sabres had offense, the league scored a lot of goals, and this was an actual hockey team?).
Fast forward a bit to 2003, yes, that was ten years ago. Derek Roy scored his first NHL goal on a backhand against the Ottawa Senators and goaltender Patrick Lalime. Derek Roy continues his NHL career, now with this fourth team – and has added 167 more goals across that span to bring his total goals scored in the National Hockey League to 168 goals in 287 games.