The Buffalo Sabres are 5-7-3 in 15 regular season games on this day in team history. If you count an exhibition game they played, they are 6-7-3. Today the Buffalo Sabres celebrate the anniversary of playing the Soviet Wings at Memorial Auditorium in 1976.
The Red Army Club and Soviet Wings came to North America at the height of the Cold War to face off against some of the best of the National Hockey League. The teams played a total of eight games against NHL Clubs, and only suffered two total defeats. At Memorial Auditorium on this day in history the Buffalo Sabres scored 12 goals to defeat the Soviet Wings 12-6.
In three other games against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks, and New York Islanders – the Wings only allowed a combined 7 goals. The Red Army team only allowed twelve goals total in four games.
The Philadelphia Flyers were the only other team to muster a win for the NHL in this series, beating Red Army.
Fast forward eight years to January 4th 1984 and the opponent was the original Winnipeg Jets. Scoring was still the mantra of the day for the Buffalo Sabres who benefited from a five assist night from Gilbert Perreault and a hat trick from Real Cloutier – his second hat trick in six days as the Sabres skated to a 9-4 victory over the Jets.
Can the Sabres channel some of their historic goal scoring power tonight as they face off against the Winnipeg Jets?