Saturday, May 19, 2007
Season ends at home
BUFFALO, N.Y. - For the second consecutive season, the Buffalo Sabres fell shy of their ultimate goal.
The President's Trophy winning Sabres were defeated in the Eastern Conference Finals by the Ottawa Senators four-games-to-one in the best-of-seven series.
Daniel Alfredsson put the dagger into the heart of Buffalo with a wristshot that deflected off defenseman Brian Campbell's stick and slipped just inside the right post at 9:32 in overtime to give Ottawa the clinching 3-2 victory in Game Five.
"It stings pretty bad right now to make it bad to the Conference final and check out again," said goaltender Ryan Miller, who turned away 22-of-25 shots. "[Alfredsson's goal] surprised the heck out of me.
"It kind of hung me out and I really didn't get a good look."
Buffalo dropped all three home games in the series, including two in overtime. Their desperation level peeked as they fell behind by three games in the series and were able to rally in Ottawa to avoid the series sweep.
"[Losing] the first two home games, that hurts," said head coach Lindy Ruff. "To leave your building and to try and resurrect the series [on the road], gave [Ottawa] some momentum, I think."
"Even in Game Two, the guys stepped up but we didn't get that bounce, literally," said Miller. "That put us at a big disadvantage going into Game Three. We kind of realized a little too late how to play."
Maxim Afinogenov put Game Five into overtime with his second power-play goal in as many games.
Charging the net, Afinogenov brought the capacity crowd in HSBC Arena, and the 10,000-plus outside the building, to a fevered pitch with he slapped Daniel Briere's rebound off the right post into the back of the net with 10 minutes left in regulation.
But the cardiac kids couldn't do it again.
"We had a lot to be proud of," said Ruff. "It's disappointing. It's painful. But you've got to grow and you've got to stick with the program. It was a fun year."
A misplay by Ray Emery led to Buffalo's first goal. Cutting to the net, Jochen Hecht backhanded a loose puck which was flung to the front of the net by Daniel Briere, who collected the Emery bobble by the back wall, and tipped by Jason Pominville.
Hecht's fourth goal of the playoffs, second of the series, gave Buffalo the 1-0 lead at 4:30 of the first.
"Our goal was to go into the Finals and exceed what we did last year," said Hecht. "It just wasn't quite there for us in the end."
As Campbell was being released from the penalty box, Jason Spezza slipped Wade Redden's rebound through the slot to Dany Heatley at the right post to tie the game 1-1 at 15:41.
Ottawa took a 2-1 lead four minutes later.
On a two-on-one rush, Alfredsson faked a shot and fed Spezza with an across-ice feed for Spezza's seventh goal of the playoffs, and seventh point (2+5) of the series, at 19:21.
The Sens top trio combined for seven goals and 21 points in the series, including all three goals and seven of Ottawa's nine points in Game Five.
"Hopefully, this feeling sticks around for next year because we're capable of good things," said Miller. "We're the kind of team that can be back here every year. We have the talent, the desire and we just ran into a tough situation this year."
BUFFALO SABRES 2006-2007 RECORD
BUFFALO SABRES 2006-2007 SEASON SCHEDULE
|October 2006||VISITOR||HOME||SCORE||DEC||TIME (EDT)|
|Wed Oct 4, 2006||Sabres||Hurricanes||3 - 2||W||7:00 PM|
|Fri Oct 6, 2006||Canadiens||Sabres||4 - 5||W||7:30 PM|
|Sat Oct 7, 2006||Sabres||Senators||4 - 3||W||7:00 PM|
|Fri Oct 13, 2006||Sabres||Red Wings||3 - 2||W||7:00 PM|
|Sat Oct 14, 2006||Rangers||Sabres||4 - 7||W||7:00 PM|
|Tue Oct 17, 2006||Flyers||Sabres||1 - 9||W||7:00 PM|
|Fri Oct 20, 2006||Hurricanes||Sabres||4 - 5||W||8:00 PM|
|Sat Oct 21, 2006||Sabres||Bruins||6 - 2||W||7:00 PM|
|Mon Oct 23, 2006||Sabres||Canadiens||4 - 1||W||7:00 PM|
|Thu Oct 26, 2006||Sabres||Islanders||3 - 0||W||7:30 PM|
|Sat Oct 28, 2006||Thrashers||Sabres||5 - 4||O||7:00 PM|
|November 2006||VISITOR||HOME||SCORE||DEC||TIME (EDT)|
|Thu Nov 2, 2006||Sabres||Bruins||5 - 4||W||7:00 PM|
|Sat Nov 4, 2006||Maple Leafs||Sabres||4 - 1||L||7:00 PM|
|Sun Nov 5, 2006||Sabres||Rangers||4 - 3||W||5:00 PM|
|Fri Nov 10, 2006||Panthers||Sabres||4 - 5||W||8:00 PM|
|Sat Nov 11, 2006||Sabres||Flyers||5 - 4||W||7:00 PM|
|Mon Nov 13, 2006||Sabres||Hurricanes||7 - 4||W||7:00 PM|
|Wed Nov 15, 2006||Senators||Sabres||4 - 2||L||7:00 PM|
|Fri Nov 17, 2006||Penguins||Sabres||2 - 4||W||8:00 PM|
|Sat Nov 18, 2006||Sabres||Senators||1 - 4||L||7:00 PM|
|Mon Nov 20, 2006||Lightning||Sabres||2 - 7||W||7:00 PM|
|Wed Nov 22, 2006||Maple Leafs||Sabres||4 - 7||W||7:00 PM|
|Fri Nov 24, 2006||Canadiens||Sabres||2 - 1||O||8:00 PM|
|Sun Nov 26, 2006||Sabres||Rangers||3 - 2||W||7:00 PM|
|December 2006||VISITOR||HOME||SCORE||DEC||TIME (EDT)|
|Fri Dec 1, 2006||Rangers||Sabres||3 - 4||W||8:00 PM|
|Sat Dec 2, 2006||Sabres||Capitals||4 - 7||L||8:00 PM|
|Tue Dec 5, 2006||Sabres||Lightning||4 - 1||W||7:30 PM|
|Thu Dec 7, 2006||Sabres||Panthers||1 - 3||L||7:30 PM|
|Sat Dec 9, 2006||Sabres||Canadiens||3 - 2||W||7:00 PM|
|Tue Dec 12, 2006||Sabres||Devils||3 - 2||W||7:00 PM|
|Thu Dec 14, 2006||Panthers||Sabres||1 - 2||W||7:00 PM|
|Sat Dec 16, 2006||Senators||Sabres||3 - 1||L||7:00 PM|
|Tue Dec 19, 2006||Canadiens||Sabres||5 - 2||L||7:00 PM|
|Thu Dec 21, 2006||Sabres||Predators||7 - 2||W||8:00 PM|
|Sat Dec 23, 2006||Sabres||Blues||2 - 3||O||8:00 PM|
|Tue Dec 26, 2006||Capitals||Sabres||3 - 6||W||7:00 PM|
|Thu Dec 28, 2006||Hurricanes||Sabres||1 - 4||W||7:00 PM|
|Sat Dec 30, 2006||Thrashers||Sabres||1 - 4||W||7:00 PM|
|January 2007||VISITOR||HOME||SCORE||DEC||TIME (EDT)|
|Mon Jan 1, 2007||Islanders||Sabres||1 - 3||W||4:00 PM|
|Wed Jan 3, 2007||Sabres||Senators||3 - 6||L||7:30 PM|
|Fri Jan 5, 2007||Penguins||Sabres||4 - 2||L||8:00 PM|
|Sat Jan 6, 2007||Sabres||Maple Leafs||4 - 3||W||7:00 PM|
|Wed Jan 10, 2007||Sabres||Blackhawks||2 - 1||W||8:00 PM|
|Thu Jan 11, 2007||Maple Leafs||Sabres||4 - 2||L||7:00 PM|
|Sat Jan 13, 2007||Lightning||Sabres||3 - 2||L||7:00 PM|
|Mon Jan 15, 2007||Sabres||Bruins||2 - 3||O||1:00 PM|
|Wed Jan 17, 2007||Bruins||Sabres||3 - 6||W||7:00 PM|
|Fri Jan 19, 2007||Canucks||Sabres||3 - 4||W||8:00 PM|
|Sat Jan 20, 2007||Sabres||Canadiens||3 - 4||L||7:00 PM|
|Fri Jan 26, 2007||Sabres||Blue Jackets||2 - 3||L||7:00 PM|
|Sat Jan 27, 2007||Sabres||Islanders||3 - 5||L||7:00 PM|
|Tue Jan 30, 2007||Bruins||Sabres||1 - 7||W||7:00 PM|
|February 2007||VISITOR||HOME||SCORE||DEC||TIME (EDT)|
|Thu Feb 1, 2007||Sabres||Bruins||3 - 1||W||7:00 PM|
|Sat Feb 3, 2007||Sabres||Devils||2 - 3||L||7:30 PM|
|Tue Feb 6, 2007||Sabres||Thrashers||4 - 3||W||7:00 PM|
|Wed Feb 7, 2007||Senators||Sabres||2 - 3||W||7:00 PM|
|Sat Feb 10, 2007||Flames||Sabres||2 - 3||W||7:00 PM|
|Thu Feb 15, 2007||Oilers||Sabres||1 - 2||W||7:00 PM|
|Sat Feb 17, 2007||Bruins||Sabres||4 - 3||O||7:00 PM|
|Tue Feb 20, 2007||Flyers||Sabres||3 - 6||W||7:00 PM|
|Thu Feb 22, 2007||Senators||Sabres||5 - 6||W||7:00 PM|
|Sat Feb 24, 2007||Sabres||Senators||5 - 6||L||7:00 PM|
|Tue Feb 27, 2007||Sabres||Maple Leafs||6 - 1||W||7:30 PM|
|March 2007||VISITOR||HOME||SCORE||DEC||TIME (EDT)|
|Fri Mar 2, 2007||Canadiens||Sabres||5 - 8||W||8:00 PM|
|Sat Mar 3, 2007||Sabres||Maple Leafs||3 - 1||W||7:00 PM|
|Wed Mar 7, 2007||Avalanche||Sabres||3 - 2||L||7:00 PM|
|Fri Mar 9, 2007||Wild||Sabres||5 - 1||L||8:00 PM|
|Sat Mar 10, 2007||Devils||Sabres||3 - 2||L||7:00 PM|
|Tue Mar 13, 2007||Sabres||Penguins||4 - 5||O||7:30 PM|
|Thu Mar 15, 2007||Sabres||Panthers||5 - 3||W||7:30 PM|
|Fri Mar 16, 2007||Sabres||Lightning||3 - 2||W||8:00 PM|
|Sun Mar 18, 2007||Sabres||Thrashers||3 - 4||O||2:00 PM|
|Wed Mar 21, 2007||Capitals||Sabres||2 - 5||W||7:00 PM|
|Fri Mar 23, 2007||Maple Leafs||Sabres||4 - 5||W||8:00 PM|
|Sat Mar 24, 2007||Sabres||Maple Leafs||1 - 4||L||7:00 PM|
|Wed Mar 28, 2007||Devils||Sabres||3 - 4||W||7:00 PM|
|Fri Mar 30, 2007||Islanders||Sabres||4 - 6||W||8:00 PM|
|Sat Mar 31, 2007||Sabres||Canadiens||3 - 4||L||7:00 PM|
|April 2007||VISITOR||HOME||SCORE||DEC||TIME (EDT)|
|Tue Apr 3, 2007||Sabres||Penguins||4 - 1||W||7:00 PM|
|Thu Apr 5, 2007||Bruins||Sabres||2 - 4||W||7:00 PM|
|Sat Apr 7, 2007||Sabres||Capitals||2 - 0||W||1:00 PM|
|Sun Apr 8, 2007||Sabres||Flyers||3 - 4||L||1:00 PM|
2007 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
|EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER-FINAL (BUF WINS SERIES 4-1)|
|Thu Apr 12, 2007||Islanders||Sabres||1 - 4||W||8:00 PM|
|Sat Apr 14, 2007||Islanders||Sabres||3 - 2||L||7:30 PM|
|Mon Apr 16, 2007||Sabres||Islanders||3 - 2||W||7:30 PM|
|Wed Apr 18, 2007||Sabres||Islanders||4 - 2||W||7:30 PM|
|Fri Apr 20, 2007||Islanders||Sabres||3 - 4||W||7:00 PM|
|EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMI-FINAL (BUF WINS SERIES 4-2)|
|Wed Apr 25, 2007||Rangers||Sabres||2 - 5||W||7:00 PM|
|Fri Apr 27, 2007||Rangers||Sabres||2 - 3||W||7:00 PM|
|Sun Apr 29, 2007||Sabres||Rangers||1 - 2||L||2:00 PM|
|Tue May 1, 2007||Sabres||Rangers||1 - 2||L||7:00 PM|
|Fri May 4, 2007||Rangers||Sabres||1 - 2||W||7:00 PM|
|Sun May 6, 2007||Sabres||Rangers||5 - 4||W||2:00 PM|
|EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL (OTT WINS SERIES 4-1)|
|Thu May 10, 2007||Senators||Sabres||5 - 2||L||7:00 PM|
|Sat May 12, 2007||Senators||Sabres||4 - 3||L||8:00 PM|
|Mon May 14, 2007||Sabres||Senators||0 - 1||L||7:00 PM|
|Wed May 16, 2007||Sabres||Senators||3 - 2||W||7:00 PM|
|Sat May 19, 2007||Senators||Sabres||3 - 2||L||2:00 PM|
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