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Stafford ‘surprised that people are still showing up’ to Sabres games

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In a season filled with low points, the lowest of Buffalo’s campaign might’ve occurred on Thursday night in a 7-0 drubbing from Minnesota — which happened at home, in front of the First Niagara Center faithful.

Today, we saw the fallout from said beating:

More of Stafford’s venting, from the News:

“There’s enough talk,” forward Drew Stafford said. “I’m sick of the meetings. I’m sick of the keywords.

“Just show something, show some sort of life, show some sort of response from yesterday. There’s no use beating it to death, analyzing it anymore, talking about it. I’m ready to move on. I know everyone in here is ready to move on and get back to work. It’s almost beating a dead horse at this point talking about it.

“I’m sick of it.”

Friday’s practice consisted of head coach Ted Nolan bag-skating his team. The Sabres went nearly 40 minutes without touching pucks, instead doing series of laps and various sprints.

“Punishment, learning all in one,” Zemgus Girgensons said of the rigorous practice. “It’s definitely the right thing to do. We definitely need something to get us going.”

The Sabres haven’t had a regulation win since Dec. 11 (4-3, over Calgary) and their last win of any kind came on Dec. 27. Things don’t promise to get any easier, either — after Saturday’s home date versus Philly, the club sets out on a five-game road swing that begins in Detroit and ends in Montreal (with a three-game Western Canada stretch in the middle.)

Nolan agreed with Stafford on how the Sabres need to turn things around.

“Enough talking,” the coach said. “We have to start doing.”

 

Dubnyk’s shutout helps Wild snap skid

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Devan Dubnyk made 18 saves in his Wild debut as Minnesota snapped its’ six game skid with a 7-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres Thursday night.

Dubnyk, who was acquired from the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday, now has two shutouts on the season and 10 for his career.

Zach Parise had the game-winner at 5:13 of the first period – his first goal since Dec. 31.

Thomas Vanek’s eighth of the season gave the Wild a 2-0 lead after one period.

Kyle Brodziak, Matt Dumba and Jared Spurgeon had second period goals for Minnesota.

Matt Cooke and Erik Haula scored in the third.

Jhonas Enroth made 30 saves in the loss. The Sabres have now lost nine straight.

Goalie nods: After replacing Lundqvist last game, Talbot gets big test vs. B’s

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All the latest from the crease…

Talbot starts in Boston

Bit of a curious one from the Rangers as they’ll start Cam Talbot ahead of Henrik Lundqvist tonight against the Bruins at TD Garden.

Talbot, who replaced Lundqvist during Tuesday’s 3-0 loss to the Islanders, has been very good of late, stopping 58 of his last 61 shots faced for a .951 save percentage. That said, it will be odd to see him ahead of Lundqvist in a big game; Boston is streaking lately, with just one regulation loss in its last 11 games

Some reactions:

For the Bruins, Tuukka Rask is the likely starter in goal.

Elsewhere…

Wild at Sabres: Devan Dubnyk vs. Jhonas Enroth (read more here)

Canucks at Flyers: Ryan Miller for Vancouver, Ray Emery likely for Philly.

Avs at Panthers: Semyon Varlamov vs. Roberto Luongo

Oilers at Bolts: Ben Scrivens vs. Ben Bishop

Habs at Sens: Craig Anderson for Ottawa, no word yet on a Montreal starter.

Wings at Blues: Petr Mrazek vs. Brian Elliott

Jets at Stars: Ondrej Pavelec likely for Winnipeg, Anders Lindback likely for Dallas (read more here)

Flames at Coyotes: Joni Ortio vs. Mike Smith

Leafs at Sharks: Antti Niemi likely for San Jose, no word yet on a Toronto starter.

Video: Sabres retire Dominik Hasek’s No. 39

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Prior to puck drop between the Red Wings and Sabres tonight Dominik Hasek’s No. 39 was raised to the rafters at the First Niagara Center.

The 49-year-old spent nine seasons as a member of the Sabres leading Buffalo to a Stanley Cup final appearance in 1999.

The Hall of Famer appeared in 491 regular season games with the Sabres posting a 234-170-70 record to go along with a 2.22 G.A.A. and a .926 save percentage.

While with the Sabres, Hasek won the Hart Trophy as the league’s MVP and the Lester B. Pearson Trophy as the league’s MVP as voted by the players in both 1997 and 1998. He also took home the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goaltender six times while with the Sabres.

Here is the video tribute the Sabres played for Hasek tonight:

Goalie nods: All-Czech matchup for Hasek night in Buffalo

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All the latest from the blue paint…

Czech affair

A fitting goaltending duel in Buffalo tonight as the Sabres retire Dominik Hasek’s No. 39: Michal Neuvirth will go up against Petr Mrazek as two of the NHL’s three active Czech goalies battle it out.

Mrazek, back with the Red Wings after injuries to Jimmy Howard and Jonas Gustavsson, has posted a 5-3-1 record with a 2.29 GAA and .916 save percentage this year. He did allow two goals on just 12 shots in relief of Howard on Saturday against Washington, though.

Neuvirth, meanwhile, will look to build on one of the finest performances of his career. He was brilliant in Friday’s 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay, making 45 saves on 47 shots for a .957 save percentage. While the 26-year-old’s numbers on the year aren’t great — 3-11-1, .909 save percentage, 3.36 GAA — Neuvirth has had a couple good outings lately, which included stops on 31 of 33 shots in a loss to Florida on Jan. 2.

Elsewhere…

Bolts at Bruins: Tuukka Rask likely for Boston, no word yet on a Tampa Bay starter.

Isles at Rangers: Jaroslav Halak vs. Henrik Lundqvist

Wild at Pens: Niklas Backstrom vs. Marc-Andre Fleury

Avs at ‘Canes: Calvin Pickard vs. Anton Khudobin

Panthers at Jets: Roberto Luongo vs. Michael Hutchinson

Canucks vs. Preds: Eddie Lack for Vancouver, Pekka Rinne likely for Nashville.

Oilers at Blues: Ben Scrivens vs. Jake Allen

Sens at Stars: Robin Lehner for Ottawa, Kari Lehtonen likely for Dallas.

Sharks at Coyotes: Devan Dubnyk for Arizona, Antti Niemi likely for San Jose.