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Wednesday, 02.15.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Numminen Ends Drought

February 15, 2006
by Brian Wheeler

Teppo Numminen often lets his offensive numbers speak for themselves.

Numminen, who is playing in his 17th NHL season, has scored 111 goals during his career. With all but two of those campaigns coming while wearing a Phoenix or Winnipeg uniform, the Tampere, Finland native holds that franchise's career record for goals (108), assists (426) and points (534) by a defenseman.

But this season hasn't gone as smoothly for one of the Buffalo Sabres two off-season acquisitions. Since being signed as an unrestricted free agent by Buffalo on August 4, the 6'2'', 198-pound blueliner has failed to record a goal in 55 consecutive games and has been stifled by opposing netminders game-in and game-out.

However, Numminen's goal lamp lighting drought came to an end on Wednesday, but his statistics for the Sabres won't bear the fruits of that labor.

Participating in the Winter Olympics as a representative of the Finnish nation hockey team, Numminen notched his first goal in nearly two years in a 5-0 Finland rout over Switzerland.

"Teppo leads our team with 30 assists and takes a terrible beating from his teammates for not yet scoring a goal," joked general manager Darcy Regier during the Super Sunday press conference at HSBC Arena on Wednesday. "He goes in on Martin Gerber, who plays for the Carolina Hurricanes (and is a native of Burgdorf, Switzerland), like he's got about 50 and fires one up over the goalie's shoulder for his first."

The marker has been long awaited for the Tampere, Finland native, who hasn't recorded a goal in the NHL since February 29, 2004 as a member of the Dallas Stars. It also opened the floodgates for Finland in that contest as they scored four goals in the period.

"We could have used that at Carolina last week," joked Regier, whose club suffered a 4-3 shootout loss to the Hurricanes on Sunday. "Hopefully, that's not his only one."

With that marker, the two-time Olympic Medalist - Silver in 1988 and Bronze in 1998 - increased his Olympic career numbers to three goals and six assists for nine points in 17 games played.

Numminen finished the contest adding four shots and a plus/minus rating of plus-one.

Click here for updates on the other Sabres at the Olympics.

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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