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SABRES RELEASE NEW VIDEO OPEN

Wednesday, 02.11.2009 / 3:17 PM / Features
By Erin Pollina  - Sabres.com
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SABRES RELEASE NEW VIDEO OPEN
Patrick Kaleta, Drew Stafford
(Photo: Sabres TV)
Paul Gaustad recalls the electricity surrounding the Buffalo Sabres during the 2006 playoffs.
 
He wants the team to remember that too.
 
While talking to minority owner Larry Quinn earlier this season, Gaustad voiced his concern that some of the younger players - who were not on the roster for that playoff push - couldn’t grasp the depth of the community’s relationship with the team. Or what the post-lockout trip to the Eastern Conference Final meant to the city of Buffalo.
 
The result has culminated into one of the Sabres’ most distinct visual projects - set to debut at HSBC Arena tonight - in the form of a new video open that will play prior to the start of each home game.
 
“I think everyone always talks about how great the ‘Better Days’ open was,” said Drew Boeing, the Sabres Feature Editor. “Not just players, but I think fans are grasping for that again. It’s still fresh in their minds.”
 
The open follows a 9-year-old Sabres fan as he prepares to play pond hockey, traveling through the streets of Buffalo and arriving at HSBC Arena for a game.
 
There were four locations for the shoots including the Bethlehem Park neighborhood, Erie Basin Marina as well as the home of Adam Batz who is featured throughout the video.
 
“But the best shoot was probably the one that we did at the arena,” said Mark Blaszak, the Sabres Chief Videographer. “We had a camera on him throughout the duration of the game so all the reactions are natural.”

Batz attended the Sabres last match-up against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Feb. 4 that included a hat trick from Thomas Vanek and a 5-0 victory for Buffalo.

 “Fortunately it worked out in that aspect,” Blaszak laughed. “Nothing was staged. It was the actual sights and sounds that you would experience at the arena.”
 
The video is also a linear sequence; something that the broadcast department has not done before in an open.
 
“I think it’s one of the first times that we’ve ever had a focused storyline, and a main character that was carried all the way through the piece,” Boeing said. “We typically do a montage video, where it’s a collection of shots. In the end they work together but there is no real story line. This one was specifically written to have one.”
 
The video can be watched on Sabres TV by clicking the link below.
 
“It’s a departure from anything we’ve done before,” Boeing said. “I like the fact that we’re trying something and that we were given the opportunity to do that. We are pushing what people think we are capable of doing, but more than that we are entertaining people in a different way. Hopefully the fans will see that and make the connection to what Paul [Gaustad] was referring to.” 

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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