Tonight the Buffalo Sabres take on the Chicago Blackhawks – and as per usual our game day coverage, we take a stroll down memory lane and remember some of the good times that have occurred over the 44 years in Sabres history.
Today marks the 16th game to occur on March 9, and the Buffalo Sabres have a winning record for the day coming in at 8-5-2.
Reach back to 1973 and the Buffalo Sabres lose to the Vancouver Canucks by a score of 5-2. It was however, the game where Tim Horton scored his first goal as a member of the Sabres. Horton signed with the Buffalo Sabres in 1972 at the ripe old age of 42.
Fast forward a few years to 1980 and by March the country was still on a high from that magical February in which the United States hockey program shocked the world and won Gold out from under the noses of the Soviet Union. Many of the guys on that historic Miracle team launched into NHL careers – one of those guys being Mike Ramsey. It was on this day in 1980 that Ramsey broke into the world of professional hockey making his debut as a member of the Buffalo Sabres.
Speaking of St. Louis Blues – did you notice that Ryan Miller is 4-0 with the Blues, has a 1.5 goals against and a .933 save percentage?
1985-1986 was the last full year that the great Gilbert Perreault played for the Buffalo Sabres – but he still had it all the way to the end. Perreault scored 5 goals and added an assist as the Sabres struck for a total of eight times in a blowout win over the Boston Bruins.
Modern history brings us to our last point for March 9th – and it invovles former Sabres and current St. Louis Blues player Derek Roy. The game was an 8-5 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, and it was a game in which Derek Roy scored the second hat trick of his career, just six days after scoring his first NHL hat trick.