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NOTEBOOK: SABRES FALL 6-4 TO ISLANDERS

Friday, 10.05.2007 / 11:53 PM / News
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NOTEBOOK: SABRES FALL 6-4 TO ISLANDERS
It may not have been the start the Buffalo Sabres were hoping for, losing the season opener to the New York Islanders 6-4 Friday night at HSBC Arena, but there were some elements of the game that may have been bigger than the score.

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The Sabres raised the first Presidents’ Trophy banner in franchise history for the best record in the 2006-07 season. Buffalo finished 53-22-7 last year with 113 points.

"I think it's special," Lindy Ruff said following practice Friday. "Last year was a good year for our team... overall to have the season we had was something special."

Derek Roy continued his scoring streak from preseason, adding a goal for the Sabres in the second period off a feed from Maxim Afinogenov. Roy collected 11 points in four preseason games this year.

Jaroslav Spacek was the only Sabre to add two points in the game with a goal and an assist. His goal at 2:56 into the period was the first for Sabres in the 2007-08 season. The veteran defenseman scored 21 points in 65 games last year.

Drew Stafford wasted no time trying to fill the voids left by departed co-captains Chris Drury and Daniel Briere. Stafford scored late in the first period to beat Rick DiPietro with 1:41 remaining.

The game marked the first time that Buffalo has lost in October when they fell to the New Jersey Devils 3-2 Oct. 28, 2005. The Sabres were 10-0-1 in 2006-07 in October.

The Sabres will complete the home-and-home series when they face the Islanders Saturday, 7 p.m. at the Nassau Coliseum.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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