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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

RANK GAMES PLAYED WINS LOSSES OVERTIME POINTS GF GA L10
1 82 53

22

7 113 308 242 7-3-0

 

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)
DATE VISITOR HOME SCORE DEC TIME (EDT)
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)
DATE VISITOR HOME SCORE DEC TIME (EDT)
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)
DATE VISITOR HOME SCORE DEC TIME (EDT)
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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Training Camp / Practice Site:
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Mailing Address:
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Phone Number:
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