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RAFTERS CLUB ROUNDTABLE

Monday, 12.10.2012 / 11:22 AM / Features
By Kevin Snow  - Sabres.com (@kwsnow)
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RAFTERS CLUB ROUNDTABLE
Tonight\u2019s Classic Sabres Replay on MSG at 8 p.m. \u2013 the final game at The Aud \u2013 brought an end to a special era in franchise history. Following the broadcast, fans should stick around to hear four Sabres legends share memories of their time in Buffalo.

Tonight’s Classic Sabres Replay on MSG at 8 p.m. – the final game at The Aud – brought an end to a special era in franchise history. Following the broadcast, fans should stick around to hear four Sabres legends share memories of their time in Buffalo.

The “Rafters Club Roundtable” debuts at 10 p.m., and features Rene Robert, Danny Gare, Pat LaFontaine and Hall of Famer Gilbert Perreault discussing a variety of topics with host Brian Duff, including their time playing in Buffalo, favorite moments in Sabres history and what it means to be ambassadors of the team.

Each of the four men have their retired numbers hanging in the rafters at First Niagara Center, and understand the permanent ties they will always have to Western New York.

“To have my number up there – to have had that chapter in my life – is a very special chapter that I hold dear. I feel really connected to this community and to this team,” said LaFontaine. “We hope that all of us somewhere along the line paved the road to get to that Stanley Cup. And when that day happens, we’ll all be here with a proud smile on our faces.”

The roundtable also looks back at a memorable time in Sabres history, when the fledgling franchise went all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1975. Led by the famous French Connection line of Perreault, Robert and Rick Martin, the Sabres of the 70’s were an incredibly tight group that formed a unique bond both on and off the ice.

“Our team was as close as any team I’ve ever been associated with. We not only brought that on the ice during a game, we’d bring it to practice,” Gare explained. “I remember there were fights – Schony would get in fights, Carriere would get in fights. It was a competitive nature, and a competitive spirit. I think that’s what brought our team together.”

Viewers in the Buffalo and Rochester markets will be able to watch tonight’s programming on MSG, while viewers in the Syracuse, Binghamton and Albany markets can watch on the MSG+ network. DirecTV subscribers can view tonight’s classic game broadcast on channels 638 and 638-1(HD).

The Rafters Club, unveiled in November, is a new organizational initiative that brings together some of the franchise’s most legendary players to act as ambassadors for the team’s many charitable events and community programs.

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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