Monday, November 07, 2005

THE STORY OF THE SABRES SLUMP

The Buffalo Sabres joined the NHL in 1970 after a successful American Hockey League team enjoyed success in Buffalo as the Bisons for several years. They got off to a good start before they even hit the ice by picking future Hall of Fame centre Gilbert Perreault first overall in the NHL's Entry Draft. Perreault scored 38 goals in his rookie season, and was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year, but the Sabres did not make the playoffs that first season. This is the story of the first season. This season they have competed in all games with stellar goaltending. They hardly made any mistakes, aside from a few common penalties and those made while gambling late. But this didn’t work out for the team since the result is a droop. For the sixth time the Buffalo Sabres lost in six games Saturday night, dropping a 3-2 decision to Montreal in front of 21,273 fans, which marked the Canadiens' eighth consecutive sellout of the Bell Centre. The Canadiens have retained their hold on first place in the Northeast Division. The Sabres from stellar fell into cellar of incompetence, the spot they've finished the previous three seasons. Right now they are having a tough stretch.

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