A day of zero’s for the Buffalo Sabres – not in a bad way, but in a good way. This will be the 21st game played on April 3rd for the Buffalo Sabres, and a team that has long since struggled for year in and year out consistency is a bit over .500 on April 3rd with a 10-8-2 record.
Can they pick up their eleventh all time win against the St. Louis Blues in a game that means little more than an entertaining night out for the fans in St. Louis. Sure the Blues are looking to keep pace on the teams in the Western Conference and regain the top spot in the league, but they shouldn’t take the Buffalo Sabres lightly. One would hate to lose to the Sabres at this point in your season to miss out on the Presidents Trophy and guaranteed home ice advantage by one or two points.
Buffalo Sabres vs Montreal Canadiens April 3, 1982
It is fitting actually, the this milestone in Buffalo Sabres history. Had the draft selection process not changed, Gilbert Perreault may have been playing for the Montreal Canadiens and not the Buffalo Sabres. The 1970 draft in which Perreault was selected first overall by the Sabres – was the first draft that the Canadiens didn’t have the priority to draft Quebecois. I wasn’t quite three months old when this happened, but the Buffalo Sabres scored five goals defeating the Canadiens 5-4. Gilbert Perreault scored one point in the game bringing his career total to 1,000.
Gilbert would go on to score 1,326 points as a member of the Buffalo Sabres – enough to still be the career point leaders of the Buffalo Sabres, and still the only person wearing a blue and gold jersey to reach 1,000 points or more.
Buffalo Sabres vs Carolina Hurricanes April 3, 2011
While Gilbert Perreault was busy adding zero’s to the end of his totals on April 3rd; so is Drew Stafford. As the Buffalo Sabres scored two goals to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1, Drew Stafford picked up an assist, in what would be his 100th career assist. Stafford continues to add to his totals as a Buffalo Sabre – but for how long.
Captain Curse Strikes Again April 3, 2013
Just one year ago, the Buffalo Sabres lost another captain, another player traded away as part of the rebuild. Jason Pominville found himself now to be a member of the Minnesota Wild. In return the Buffalo Sabres picked up AHL players Johan Larsson and Matt Hackett, as well as a first round draft pick which turned into Nikita Zadorov.