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GOALS OF THE YEAR

FANS CAN VOTE FOR THE SABRES GOAL OF THE YEAR!

Monday, 05.07.2012 / 1:55 PM / News
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GOALS OF THE YEAR
Tyler Ennis may have only played in 48 games this season due to injury, but he\u2019s the center of attention in our \u201CGoals of the Year\u201D showdown bracket that opens up today. The top eight goals of the season will go head-to-head each day this week in a playoff format, with the final four being announced next Monday.

Tyler Ennis may have only played in 48 games this season due to injury, but he’s the center of attention in our “Goals of the Year” showdown bracket that opens up today. The top eight goals of the season will go head-to-head each day this week in a playoff format, with the final four being announced next Monday.

Of the 375 votes cast over the weekend on our Facebook page, Ennis’ nifty stickwork against the Pittsburgh Penguins on February 19 earned him the number one seed with an astonishing 66 percent of the votes from Sabres fans. The speedy center also claimed the fourth seed with his backhand-forehand undressing of Montreal’s Andrei Markov on March 12.

Rookie Marcus Foligno is probably “jumping” for joy, as his goal against Colorado on March 14 makes him a surprising second seed. Thomas Vanek occupies the third spot courtesy of his solo effort against the Florida Panthers on October 29.

Just like this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, there’s definitely room for an upset from one of the lower-seeded entrants. Seeds five through eight are all worthy competitors, with each goal playing an important role in Buffalo’s late-season push for the playoffs.

Jason Pominville’s shorthanded goal against Washington on March 27 is the fifth seed, and Derek Roy’s overtime winner against Toronto at home on April 3 makes him number six.

Jordan Leopold’s game-tying goal from that same Toronto game slots him at the seventh seed. Newcomer Cody Hodgson rounds out the top eight with his two-goal performance against Montreal on March 21. Just for sneaking into the top eight with three votes, Hodgson now has the unenviable task of facing the top-seeded Ennis in the first round of voting that starts Tuesday.

None of the participants were available for comment, but we are sure that they’ll be closely monitoring the voting all week long. So vote early and often to make sure that your favorite goal is selected as our “Goal of the Year” at Sabres.com

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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