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GOAL OF THE YEAR: QUARTERFINAL #2

Marcus Foligno takes on Jordan Leopold in the second quarterfinal match-up.

Tuesday, 05.08.2012 / 4:00 PM / News
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GOAL OF THE YEAR: QUARTERFINAL #2\r\n
When Marcus Foligno made his NHL debut with the Sabres in Ottawa in December, one of the first questions he was asked was: \u201CWill you do \u2018the jump\u2019 when you score your first goal?\u201D Of course, every Sabres fan knows \u2018the jump\u2019 refers to leap his father, Mike, made famous during his NHL career.

#2: MARCUS FOLIGNO VS. COLORADO AVALANCHE

When Marcus Foligno made his NHL debut with the Sabres in Ottawa in December, one of the first questions he was asked was: “Will you do ‘the jump’ when you score your first goal?” Of course, every Sabres fan knows ‘the jump’ refers to leap his father, Mike, made famous during his NHL career. But there was one problem: when Marcus finally scored his first NHL goal on March 10 in Ottawa, there was some confusion as to who actually touched the puck last, so a jump never took place. Marcus got his chance four nights later in front of the home crowd with Colorado in town. But this was no thing of beauty either. Drew Stafford carried the puck over the line, and fed a streaking Tyler Ennis, who hit Foligno with a pass in the slot as he was driving to the net. But the puck banked in off his skate and crossed the line just before he did while sliding past Semyon Varlamov. Foligno’s long-awaited jump followed immediately afterwards in the corner to the left of the Colorado net. “It felt really good. I think the fans enjoyed it and it was great to get that out of the way,” Foligno said after the game. “I had it on my mind for awhile so it's great to finally do it.”

#7: JORDAN LEOPOLD VS. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

There’s an old adage in hockey that says ‘keep playing until you hear the whistle go.’ Well that’s exactly what the Buffalo Sabres did in the final two minutes of a must-win game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 3 at First Niagara Center. With the Maple Leafs up 5-4, Tyler Ennis lost a faceoff to Matthew Lombardi to the left of the Toronto goal, but Marcus Foligno jumped on the loose puck behind the net. He darted out in front and had his initial shot stopped by Ben Scrivens. But the rebound stayed in the crease, and both teams converged on the loose puck. Foligno was now flat on his back digging at the puck with Toronto’s Mike Komisarek pinning him down and repeatedly banging his head off the ice. Meanwhile, Ennis and Jordan Leopold continued to jam away in front for almost 10 full seconds. With referee Mike Hasenfratz standing watch intently over this disheveled mass of humanity, Leopold’s final dig at the puck made its way over the goalline and sent the sold-out crowd of 18,690 into a frenzy with just 1:53 left in the game.

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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