Last night 10/28/13 marked a special night in hockey. Lindy Ruff now the coach of the Dallas Stars played his first game in Buffalo as an opposing coach for the first time in 14 years. That’s pretty special stuff to coach a team for that long, it’s unfortunate the yug never got to win the Stanley Cup all those years in BuffNation. Also in that game tonight was the debut of Matt Moulson who was acquired yesterday by the Buffalo Sabres from the New York Islanders in exchange for Thomas Vanek. Islanders gave up a good amount to get him so hopefully it pays off for them. Matt Moulson was a well liked guy in that lockerroom, let’s see how this affects the team and overall his dude Johnny Tavs.
Tonight was also the home opener for the New York Rangers against the Montreal Canadiens. This comes after a 9 game road trip which was pretty much a nightmare for the team and fans. After the first period I gave the edge to the Rangers but the officiating took over the game for a couple questionable calls. Won’t get into great detail but apparently Brian Boyle should’ve just allowed the opposing player to skate gingerly through the neutral zone instead of bodying him up? And also Chris Kreider shouldn’t make attempts to stay onside just go offside? Regardless the Rangers ended up losing the game 2-0.
In other news: Chicago beat the shit out of Minnesota again, Canucks won, Saku Koivu probably has a concussion after the Brandon DubDub hit which was clean by the way, Robbie Scuds has a broken ankle and will miss a shit ton of time from the Penguin lineup, Hanzal is suspended again, Vanek will play for the Islanders tonight and Carl Hagelin will play for the Rangers tonight.
NYR vs NYI
ANA vs PHI
DAL vs MTL
TBL vs NJD
OTT vs CHI
WPG vs STL
TOR vs EDM
LAK vs PHX
That’s a picture of when Drury and Briere were in Buffalo from 2004-2007. They both hit free agency respectively in 2007 and surprisingly both signed elsewhere but in the Atlantic Division. Drury went and had a disaster with the Rangers and the best Briere did was losing in the finals to ChiTown in ’10. Regardless, this team went to the Eastern Conference Finals two years in a row in 2006 and in 2007.
That team that Ruff had was a legit powerhouse. Unreal.
Rumors of Briere going back to Buffalo but I gotta tell you he played his best hockey in Buffalo and it might reignite his game whatever he’s got left. He could be a good influence to young guys that are on the team and possibly any that make it outta training camp. July 5th time will tell.
Also tell Drury to stop making Margarita Pizza’s in Trumbull and to fuckin play in Buffalo again cuz he was really good there.
Watch Raycroft cover his face in shame after the goal at 2:18. Straight up remarkable.