The Buffalo Sabres sent a message to the 1953-1954 Chicago Blackhawks tonight, and the message was – you can keep your 60 year old scoring record. With three goals tonight, the Buffalo Sabres brought their total goal scores on the year to 136 through 70 games.
So I got to thinking, how bad did the 1953-1954 Chicago Blackhawks have to be. Well, to be perfectly fair, there were only six teams in the league at that point. With only 133 goals, the Blackhawks set a record for fewest goals in the regular season. The 1997-1998 Tampa Bay Lightning scored a modern era low of 151 goals. The Buffalo Sabres could still fall short of that mark, but is highly unlikely with 12 games remaining. (Although a shutout and several one goal games and it will be close.)
The Buffalo Sabres managed three more goals than the ‘Hawks.
Thanks to solid goaltending, well from really anyone who strapped pads on this year, the Buffalo Sabres were only a -70 through 70 games and picked up 20 wins. How did that compare to the 1953-1954 Chicago hockey club?
Chicago managed just 12 wins, all recorded while goalie Al Rollins was in net. Seven of those wins were shutouts. There were another two shutouts that ended in ties. Al Rollins was awared the Hart Trophy for his efforts in that season for his work on the worst team in the league that year (voting must not have been that hard, at most you had 120 players to consider at the time).
Larry Wilson led the offensive charge for the Blackhawks in 1953-1954, scoring forty-two points, thirty-three assists and nine goals. Pete Conacher scored 19 goals to lead the ‘Hawks in that category. Cory Conacher scored two goals for the Buffalo Sabres tonight to help them get the win.
Tyler Ennis leads the 2013-2014 Buffalo Sabres with 18 goals, one shy of the Blackhawks goal scoring leader. Christian Ehrhoff leads the Sabres with 24 assists (Larry Wilson – 33), and Ennis has 37 points on the year, five shy of Wilson’s team leading 42 points.
Congratulations to Matt Hackett getting his first win in the regular season as a member of the Buffalo Sabres. Good on the Buffalo Sabres for shaking that seven game winless streak – and getting to 20 wins in 70 games, 8 more than the ’54 ‘Hawks.