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Sabres set to battle defending champs

Dec 5, 2007 - 3:25 PM Buffalo (12-11-1) at Anaheim (12-12-4) 10:00 pm EST

ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) - Critical offseason losses have hurt both the Buffalo Sabres and the Anaheim Ducks.

Both teams are hoping to start their climb back to the top of the NHL when they square off against each other Wednesday.

After winning the Presidents' Trophy last season, the Sabres are at the bottom of the Northeast Division standings. Buffalo was dealt a harsh blow in the offseason when centers Chris Drury and Daniel Briere bolted in free agency.

Briere, the club's leading scorer last season, was lured away by the Philadelphia Flyers, while Drury went to the New York Rangers. The tandem combined for 69 goals and 164 points last season.

Thomas Vanek, the team's top returning scorer, has just seven goals and 10 assists this season.

The reigning Stanley Cup champions, the Ducks entered this campaign with a much different club. Standouts Teemu Selanne and defenseman Scott Neidermayer both continue to contemplate retirement.

As a result, Anaheim sits in a tie for 10th in the Western Conference. The Ducks have lost three of their last four games, getting shutout in two of those contests.








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BUFFALO 1 0 0 1
    ANAHEIM 1 2 1 4 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: BUF - JOCHEN HECHT 9 (JASON POMINVILLE, TIM CONNOLLY) 4:07
    ANA - ANDY MCDONALD 4 (KENT HUSKINS, JOE DIPENTA) 15:33
    2ND PRD: ANA - (PP) MATHIEU SCHNEIDER 3 (CHRIS PRONGER, RYAN GETZLAF)
    12:22
    ANA - TODD BERTUZZI 2 (AND

    Dec 6 12:36 AM


  • NHL
    BUFFALO 1
    ANAHEIM 4
    3RD PRD: ANA - (PP) COREY PERRY 14 (FRANCOIS BEAUCHEMIN, MATHIEU
    SCHNEIDER) 11:03

    Sabres vs. DucksDec 6 12:21 AM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BUFFALO 1 0 1
    ANAHEIM 1 2 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: BUF - JOCHEN HECHT 9 (JASON POMINVILLE, TIM CONNOLLY) 4:07
    ANA - ANDY MCDONALD 4 (KENT HUSKINS, JOE DIPENTA) 15:33
    2ND PRD: ANA - (PP) MATHIEU SCHNEIDER 3 (CHRIS PRONGER, RYAN GETZLAF)
    12:22
    ANA - TODD BE

    Dec 5 11:37 PM


  • NHL
    BUFFALO 1
    ANAHEIM 3
    2ND PRD: ANA - TODD BERTUZZI 2 (ANDY MCDONALD) 18:20

    Sabres vs. DucksDec 5 11:34 PM


  • NHL
    BUFFALO 1
    ANAHEIM 2
    2ND PRD: ANA - (PP) MATHIEU SCHNEIDER 3 (CHRIS PRONGER, RYAN GETZLAF)
    12:22

    Sabres vs. DucksDec 5 11:23 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BUFFALO 1 1
    ANAHEIM 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: BUF - JOCHEN HECHT 9 (JASON POMINVILLE, TIM CONNOLLY) 4:07
    ANA - ANDY MCDONALD 4 (KENT HUSKINS) 15:33
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BUF 8 8
    ANA 9

    Dec 5 10:41 PM


  • NHL
    BUFFALO 1
    ANAHEIM 1
    1ST PRD: ANA - ANDY MCDONALD 4 (KENT HUSKINS) 15:33

    Sabres vs. DucksDec 5 10:34 PM


  • NHL
    BUFFALO 1
    ANAHEIM 0
    1ST PRD: BUF - JOCHEN HECHT 9 (JASON POMINVILLE, TIM CONNOLLY) 4:07

    Sabres vs. DucksDec 5 10:14 PM
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