Who is the fool in Buffalo today? Well there will probably be plenty of jokes that will happen around the 716. Not everything is a joke however, as the Buffalo Sabres have played plenty of meaningful hockey games on this date, in Buffalo Sabres history.
The Buffalo Sabres have played 23 games on this day – and have a 15-5-3 overall record. A pretty lofty record for a day of fools- that could drop off slightly given the dreadful state the team is in. It’s not that I am bashing the Buffalo Sabres – this team is just not built as is to win.
Buffalo Sabres Make Playoffs For First Time
As much as this organization has always had a solid fan base – can you imagine the headlines and the feelings of the players, owners, and fans when the team clinched its first every playoff berth, on this date in 1973 – three seasons after entering the National Hockey League?
While the trade of Ryan Miller may have very well given the St. Louis Blues a better chance at succeeding in this years Stanley Cup Playoffs, they were the team the Sabres beat on April 1st, 1973 to clinch their first playoff berth. The Sabres defeated the Blues 3-1.
Eleven years later; the Buffalo Sabres fueled by two assists from Phil Housley defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2. The assists gave Housley 77 points on the season. He would complete the season with 77 points, his second most points in a single season as a Buffalo Sabre.
Rob Ray played in more cities than with the Buffalo Sabres, but most of his career was played here. In 1997, Rob Ray became the 17th player in franchise history to play in 500 games as a member of the organization. Ray would go on to play 900 games in the National Hockey League, all with the Buffalo Sabres except his final 11 games which he played while wearing a Ottawa Senators sweater.