Buffalo Sabres Prospects, NHL History


Good morning, Buffalo Sabres fans! It’s a light week for the Buffalo Sabres, who are off Monday and Tuesday before visiting the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday in hopes of breaking a four-game losing streak. The Sabres also finish their roadstand this week, coming home to host the Rangers on Saturday.

So what happened over the past few days in the hockey world?

You’ve probably heard by now about Buffalo Sabres goaltending prospect Cal Petersen, who set an NCAA record for saves in a single game on Friday night. [NHL.com]

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Petersen had 87 saves in a fifth-overtime loss for Notre Dame in the team’s first game of their Hockey East playoff series against Massachusetts. It was also the longest game in college hockey history.

But the Buffalo Sabres prospect wasn’t the only goaltender setting records over the weekend.

Matt Murray, a Pittsburgh Penguins prospect, set an AHL shutout record on Sunday.

He went 304:11 without allowing a goal, which broke the previous record of 268:17, set by Abbotsford Heat goaltender Barry Brust in 2012.

So there’s some history-makers for you…. now how about a look back into hockey history, courtesy of NHL.com?

A Sunday piece from the league website revists the Detroit Vipers, an International Hockey League franchise that existed from 1994 until the league folded in 2001.

The team may or may not be familiar to many of you reading this, but some of the players who suited up for the Vipers will be, including former Buffalo Sabres forward Miroslav Satan, Red Wings standout Gordie Howe and former Buffalo Sabres winger Rick Dudley.

From The Hockey Writers this morning: five NHL stars you must see in person.

I would argue that this list is a good one, but it’s simply not long enough. The experience of seeing some of these players live is so different from just watching them on a screen. I’m sure Connor McDavid’s name will be added to this list in just a short amount of time, but I would’ve put him on the list years ago when I first saw him weaving through players in incredible ways on the ice in Erie.

Finally, Boston beat Montreal in overtime to win the league championship!

Now, doesn’t that sound thrilling?

Does it matter that the league we’re talking about is the CWHL? (Pro tip: it shouldn’t. It’s no less exciting.)

The Boston Blades, a team with women’s hockey standouts including Hilary Knight and Janine Weber, defeated the Montreal Stars in overtime to win the Clarkson Cup this past weekend.

The win marked the second consecutive year that the championship was decided in overtime.

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