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SEASON REWIND: NATHAN GERBE

Tuesday, 06.14.2011 / 3:32 PM / Features
By Rob Crean  - Public Relations Director
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SEASON REWIND: NATHAN GERBE
2010-11 GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S
Regular Season 64 16 15 31 11 34 2 0 3 171
Playoffs 7 2 0 2 -1 18 0 0 0 19


Nathan Gerbe (Photo: Bill Wippert)
BURSTING ON THE SCENE:
In his first full season in the National Hockey League, Nathan Gerbe established his position among Sabres forwards by recording 16 goals, 15 assists, 31 points, a +11 rating and 34 penalty minutes in 64 games for Buffalo.  He also scored two power play goals and three game-winners.  While he did not qualify as a rookie, Gerbe’s first full season saw him rank sixth on the team in goals and 10th in points despite missing eight games with a broken jaw and not dressing for 10 other contests.  After being a healthy scratch on multiple occasions during the first half of the season, Gerbe dressed for all but one of the team’s final 41 games.  He also scored two goals while appearing in all seven of the Sabres’ playoff games. 

SECOND HALF SURGE:
After scoring one goal in the team’s first 41 games of the season – of which he appeared in 24 – Gerbe exploded in the second half of the season, recording 15 goals and 9 assists while appearing in 40 of 41 games.  His 15 second-half goals ranked third on the team behind only Buffalo’s top two goal-scorers on the season, Thomas Vanek (17 second-half goals) and Drew Stafford (16 second-half goals).  He also recorded a +10 rating during the second half of the season as the team went 25-11-5 in that span.  The Sabres were 10-1-2 on the season when Gerbe scored a goal and 19-2-4 when he collected at least one point.

Photo: Bill Wippert
SHOOTING FOR SUCCESS:
Gerbe’s increased production in the latter half of the season coincided with the frequency with which he shot the puck.  In the first half of the season, when he scored one goal in 24 games, he averaged just 2.1 shots per game.  When he scored 15 times in his last 40 games, Gerbe averaged nearly a full shot per game more.  On 12 occasions during that span, he recorded four or more shots in a game, including eight in a Jan. 21 game against this Islanders, which marked the highest total by a Sabre this season.  His 171 shots on the season ranked seventh on the team.

SCORING IN THE CLUTCH:
Gerbe finished the season with three game-winning goals, all of which came in the final month of the season, and scored several clutch goals down the stretch as Buffalo pursued a playoff spot, eventually clinching in the second-to-last game of the season.  Most notably, he scored two goals in that clinching game, a 4-3 overtime victory over Philadelphia in the regular season home finale.  With Buffalo needing just one point to clinch a playoff berth, Gerbe tied the game with a highlight reel goal (see video below) late in the third period to force overtime and give the Sabres the necessary point to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  A few weeks earlier, he scored both goals in a 2-0 road win over Montreal on March 22.  He also tallied the game-winning goal in victories over Ottawa (March 13) and New Jersey (March 26).




BY THE NUMBERS...

Photo: Bill Wippert
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Gerbe set a team record when he scored two goals in a five second span against the Islanders on Jan. 21, one second shy of the NHL record.

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Multi-point games recorded by Gerbe.  In those games, the Sabres went 5-1-0.

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Gerbe tied the season-long goal streak by a Sabres player with a pair of three-game goal scoring streaks.  The first came January 20-23, and the second took place March 19-22.  In both three-game streaks, he scored four goals.

53/20   
Gerbe was credited for delivering 53 hits during the regular season, which ranked him fifth among all Buffalo forwards.  He also registered 20 more hits in just seven postseason games to rank second overall on the Sabres and just one hit behind the team-leader in the category, Patrick Kaleta.



SIGNATURE GOALS...

Here's a look at three of Gerbe's signature goals from the 2010-11 campaign - the two goals he scored in a five-second span against the Islanders to set a club record, and the spinning backhander against Philadelphia that helped the Sabres clinch a playoff berth in the regular season home finale.   




 

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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