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POST-GAME NOTEBOOK: NOV. 19

Wednesday, 11.20.2013 / 10:39 AM / News
By Rob Poling  - Digital Content Intern
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POST-GAME NOTEBOOK: NOV. 19
The Sabres got off to a quick start in Tuesday\u2019s 4-1 loss to St. Louis, as Tyler Ennis opened the scoring with his fourth goal of the campaign just 10 seconds after the opening faceoff. Ennis\u2019 goal was the fastest Sabres goal to start a game since Drew Stafford also scored 10 seconds into the game against Edmonton on January 27, 2009. Alexander Mogilny owns the franchise record for the fastest goal to start a game, scoring just five seconds in on December 21, 1991.\r\n

The Sabres got off to a quick start in Tuesday’s 4-1 loss to St. Louis, as Tyler Ennis opened the scoring with his fourth goal of the campaign just 10 seconds after the opening faceoff. Ennis’ goal was the fastest Sabres goal to start a game since Drew Stafford also scored 10 seconds into the game against Edmonton on January 27, 2009. Alexander Mogilny owns the franchise record for the fastest goal to start a game, scoring just five seconds in on December 21, 1991.

Unfortunately, this would be the only Sabres tally of the night. Buffalo was able to sustain a consistent forecheck throughout the game, but ultimately could not generate enough offense to get the win.

“I think our compete level was high; a lot of hits, a lot of effort,” said Ennis. “Sometimes when you’re skating around and playing hard, you leave spaces on the ice open and they were able to capitalize.”


Interim coach Ted Nolan felt like the Sabres youth and lack of experience were the main reasons why the Sabres fell short to a seasoned Blues squad on Tuesday.

“Our youth really showed tonight,” said Nolan. “This is one of the better teams in the National Hockey League. We just have to keep pushing forward. We have a lot of work to do. We just have to be patient. Keep teaching, keep learning.”


The Sabres welcomed back former teammate Derek Roy to the First Niagara Center on Tuesday.

Roy, who was drafted by Buffalo in the second round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, spent eight seasons as a member of the Sabres from 2003-2012. Roy was a popular player during his Sabres tenure, tallying 421 points (161+266) in 549 games with the team.

Former Sabre Jordan Leopold is also with St. Louis now, but did not make the trip due to injury. Leopold played with the Sabres from 2010-2013, recording 67 points (25+42) in 174 games during his time in Buffalo.


Tuesday marked the first of two meetings between the Buffalo Sabres and the St. Louis Blues this season and the Sabres first home game against the Blues since November 12, 2008. Buffalo will play in St. Louis on April 3.

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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