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LONG COUPLE OF DAYS

Wednesday, 03.16.2011 / 3:24 PM
By Scott Miner - Manager of Digital Media / THE NEW ERA
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LONG COUPLE OF DAYS
I was hoping to write this blog a bit a sooner than today but the past couples of days have been a complete whirlwind.

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It all started on Saturday night as the Bandits took down the Boston Blazers in a thrilling 12-10 game at HSBC Arena. If you’ve never been to a Bandits lacrosse game, I strongly recommend it. John Tavares, a living legend in the box lacrosse world, scored four goals and added two assists for a six-point night while goalie Mike Thompson turned away 40 shots en route to his sixth win of the year. As always, the crowd in “Banditland” was electric and the atmosphere is more of a party than a professional sports game.

Sunday started off as a regular Sabres game day and while preparing for the face-off, a co-worker stopped by to tell me the tragic news regarding Rick Martin. Hearing the news, it was like time stopped and I went from a game preparation mode to designing a graphic to announce that a legend in the hockey world and a Buffalo sports icon had passed on. I really don’t know what to say to follow this other than it is a loss, both to the Sabres and to the community.

Following all of that up was a 6-4 win over Ottawa and a 1-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes last night. The loss on Tuesday night put the Sabres back into eighth place in the Eastern Conference with 12 games left to play, which should make for a very interesting final month of hockey at HSBC Arena.

Don’t forget that this weekend (March 17-20) is the 2011 Willie O’Ree Skills Weekend and NHL legends Dominik Hasek, Grant Fuhr, Willie O’Ree and Scotty Bowman will all be in attendance. Also, Lil’ Wayne will be performing at the Arena on Friday - tickets are still available.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82