4th-seeded ’06-’07 Sabres, the Inaugural Buffaslug’s (Sorry, Buffalo), Sweep 5th-seeded ’05-’06 Sabres

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Thomas Vanek provided the offense as Ryan Miller’s solid goaltending led the ’06-’07 Sabres to the sweep of the ’05-’06 Sabres. (via flickriver.com)

Game 1 was tied 2-2 after two periods after Derek Roy tied it halfway through the second for the 4th-seeded ’06-’07 Sabres. Then, a shorthanded goal from Thomas Vanek early in the third gave the ’06-’07 Sabres a 3-2 lead and then Maxim Afinogenov scored an insurance marker late in the period to seal a 4-2 win. Then, in Game 2, Daniel Briere broke a scoreless draw with just over eight minutes left in the second for the ’06-’07 Sabres. Ales Kotalik tied it early in the third for the 5th-seeded ’05-’06 Sabres and regulation ended 1-1. Roy then scored the overtime winner 4:29 into the overtime period to give the ’06-’07 Sabres a 2-0 series lead. Game 3 was another low-scoring affair with the game entering the third period tied, 1-1. At the 1:17 mark of the third, Roy, of the ’05-’06 Sabres, was given a minor for elbowing, and just 25 seconds into the PP, Vanek scored the eventual game-winner for the ’06-’07 Sabres to give them a 2-1 win and a 3-0 series lead. The ’06-’07 Sabres completed the sweep with a dominant 5-2 win in Game 4. Vanek posted a hat trick and added an assist while Briere totaled a goal and two assists as they led the ’06-’07 Sabres to the sweep.

Don't worry Buffalo, you guys redeemed yourselves with the jerseys you have now. (via sports.yahoo.com)

Don’t worry Buffalo, you guys redeemed yourselves with the jerseys you have now. (via sports.yahoo.com)

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period 2nd Overtime Total
’05-’06  Sabres 1 1 0 2
’06-’07 Sabres 1 1 2 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ’06-’07 BUF – 4   ’05-’06 BUF – 2   (1-0   ’06-’07 BUF)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Thomas Vanek (’06-’07 BUF) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   Even   6 S

2nd Star: RW – Maxim Afinogenov (’06-’07 BUF) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   6 S

3rd Star: C – Derek Roy (’06-’07 BUF) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   3 S

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period 2nd Overtime Total
’05-’06  Sabres 0 0 1 0 1
’06-’07 Sabres 0 1 0 1 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ’06-’07 BUF – 2   ’05-’06 BUF – 1   (OT)   (2-0   ’06-’07 BUF)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Ryan Miller (’06-’07 BUF) – W   1.00 GAA   .973 SV% (36 SV’s)

2nd Star: G – Ryan Miller (’05-’06 BUF) – OTL   2.00 GAA   .963 SV% (52 SV’s)

3rd Star: C – Daniel Briere (’06-’07 BUF) – 1 G   0 A   1 P   +1   10 S   2 PIM

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period 2nd Overtime Total
’06-’07  Sabres 1 0 1 2
’05-’06 Sabres 1 0 0 1

GAME SUMMARY:  ’06-’07 BUF – 2   ’05-’06 BUF – 1   (3-0   ’06-’07 BUF)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Ryan Miller (’06-’07 BUF) – W   1.00 GAA   .966 SV% (28 SV’s)

2nd Star: G – Ryan Miller (’05-’06 BUF) – OTL   2.00 GAA   .959 SV% (47 SV’s)

3rd Star: RW – Maxim Afinogenov (’06-’07 BUF) – 1 G   0 A   1 P   +1   5 S

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period 2nd Overtime Total
’06-’07  Sabres 2 2 1 5
’05-’06 Sabres 0 1 1 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ’06-’07 BUF – 5   ’05-’06 BUF – 2   (4-0   ’06-’07 BUF)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Thomas Vanek (’06-’07 BUF) – 3 G   1 A   4 P   +2   11 S

2nd Star: C – Daniel Briere (’06-’07 BUF) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +1   10 S

3rd Star: RW – Jason Pominville (’06-’07 BUF) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   6 S

Up next is the 2-7 matchup between the ’98-’99 Sabres and the ’75-’76 Sabres!

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