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Vancouver Canucks vs. Buffalo Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres joined the NHL the same season as the Vancouver Canucks. Both franchises have had their ups and downs and for the past thirty years, they have matched up rather evenly. The two teams have met in the playoffs twice.

Historical Notes: Len Lunde was the first Canuck to score against the Sabres ... Dunc Wilson stopped Paul Andrea on the first penalty shot awarded during a Canuck game (November 5, 1970) ... Rosaire Paiement became the first Canuck to score four goals in a game (February 9, 1971) against Roger Crozier ... Bobby Schmautz scored three goals in a period against Dave Dryden (November 19, 1972) ... Andre Boudrias was the first Canuck to take -- and score -- on a penalty shot (March 9, 1973) ... Pavel Bure became the first Canuck to score 50 goals in a season during a neutral site game against Buffalo (March 1, 1993) ... The Canucks and Sabres did not meet in 2007-08.


Regular Season

 DATE  H/A SEASON  SCORE OT  GP  W  L  T OL  GF  GA PTS  AVG        HISTORICAL NOTES         
OCT 27  H  1970-71 7-2 W      1  1  0  0      7   2   2 1.000 First NHL goal for Dale Tallon 
NOV  5  A          4-1 W      2  2  0  0     11   3   4 1.000 First road win, penalty shot   
JAN 31  H          1-6 L      3  2  1  0     12   9   4 0.667 Murray Hall scores only goal   
FEB  9  H          6-3 W      4  3  1  0     18  12   6 0.750 First four goal game (Paiement)
MAR  7  A          3-6 L      5  3  2  0     21  18   6 0.600 Eliminated from playoffs       
MAR 26  A          1-3 L      6  3  3  0     22  21   6 0.500 Mike Corrigan scores only goal 
OCT 30  H  1971-72 4-4 T      7  3  3  1     26  25   7 0.500 Sabre Martin records hat trick 
NOV 27  H          5-2 W      8  4  3  1     31  27   9 0.563 Boudrias point in each period  
DEC 19  A          1-5 L      9  4  4  1     32  32   9 0.500 Dave Balon scores only goal    
JAN 20  A          0-1 L     10  4  5  1     32  33   9 0.450 Sabre Crozier records shutout  
MAR 10  H          3-2 W     11  5  5  1     35  35  11 0.500 Boudrias records three points  
MAR 17  A          6-2 W     12  6  5  1     41  37  13 0.542 Guevremont records three points
OCT 19  A  1972-73 0-6 L     13  6  6  1     41  43  13 0.500 Forward line of defenseman     
NOV 19  H          9-5 W     14  7  6  1     50  48  15 0.536 Schmautz scores four goals     
DEC 20  A          3-6 L     15  7  7  1     53  54  15 0.500 Canucks down 3-0 in second     
FEB 22  A          1-3 L     16  7  8  1     54  57  15 0.469 Jim Mair scores lone goal      
MAR  9  H          5-2 W     17  8  8  1     59  59  17 0.500 Boudrias scores on penalty shot
OCT 14  A  1973-74 3-1 W     18  9  8  1     62  60  19 0.528 First NHL point for Bordeleau  
NOV  6  H          3-2 W     19 10  8  1     65  62  21 0.553 Canucks down 2-1 after two     
JAN  6  A          3-6 L     20 10  9  1     68  68  21 0.525 Canucks down 3-0 after first   
JAN 27  A          3-2 W     21 11  9  1     71  70  23 0.548 Bob Dailey gets two goals      
FEB 10  H          5-2 W     22 12  9  1     76  72  25 0.568 O'Flaherty one goal, 3 assists 
MAR  8  H          2-4 L     23 12 10  1     78  76  25 0.543 Ververgaert, Lalonde score     
DEC 12  A  1974-75 5-3 W     24 13 10  1     83  79  27 0.563 O'Flaherty records four points 
JAN 12  A          1-5 L     25 13 11  1     84  84  27 0.540 Dailey scores lone goal        
JAN 17  H          2-4 L     26 13 12  1     86  88  27 0.519 Monahan, De Marco score        
MAR 14  H          5-1 W     27 14 12  1     91  89  29 0.537 Smith shutout ends late in game
OCT 30  A  1975-76 4-4 T     28 14 12  2     95  93  30 0.536 Oddleifson scores two goals    
NOV 25  H          4-0 W     29 15 12  2     99  93  32 0.552 Smith stops 35 Sabre shots     
JAN  8  A          5-8 L     30 15 13  2    104 101  32 0.533 Ten goals (combined) in third  
FEB  3  H          2-1 W     31 16 13  2    106 102  34 0.548 Six game unbeaten streak       
OCT 20  A  1976-77 0-4 L     32 16 14  2    106 106  34 0.531 Sabre Desjardins gets shutout  
NOV 17  H          2-3 L     33 16 15  2    108 109  34 0.515 Ververgaert, Lever score       
NOV 24  A          4-4 T     34 16 15  3    112 113  35 0.515 Blight two goals, one assist   
DEC 14  H          3-6 L     35 16 16  3    115 119  35 0.500 Snepsts gets a rare goal       
DEC 11  A  1977-78 0-3 L     36 16 17  3    115 122  35 0.486 Sabre Edwards gets the shutout 
DEC 17  H          5-5 T     37 16 17  4    120 127  36 0.486 No lead greater than one goal  
JAN 22  A          2-2 T     38 16 17  5    122 129  37 0.487 Monahan in on both goals       
MAR 24  H          2-2 T     39 16 17  6    124 131  38 0.487 Canucks down 2-0 after second  
OCT 22  H  1978-79 3-2 W     40 17 17  6    127 133  40 0.500 Hilliard Graves notches winner 
DEC 17  A          3-6 L     41 17 18  6    130 139  40 0.488 Down 3-0 after first period    
DEC 28  H          3-3 T     42 17 18  7    133 142  41 0.488 Stan Smyl has a two point night
MAR 15  A          2-4 L     43 17 19  7    135 146  41 0.477 Vancouver up 2-0 in second     
MAR 23  H          3-4 L     44 17 20  7    138 150  41 0.466 Canucks up 3-1 after second    
OCT 21  A  1979-80 3-3 T     45 17 20  8    141 153  42 0.467 Lever scores a pair of goals   
JAN 18  H          2-2 T     46 17 20  9    143 155  43 0.467 Gradin assists on both goals   
FEB  3  A          0-3 L     47 17 21  9    143 158  43 0.457 Sabre Sauve gets the shutout   
MAR 19  H          3-3 T     48 17 21 10    146 161  44 0.458 Canucks down 2-0, up 3-2       
NOV  2  A  1980-81 3-4 L     49 17 22 10    149 165  44 0.449 Brodeur outshot 40-26          
DEC 14  A          2-2 T     50 17 22 11    151 167  45 0.450 Sabres up 2-0 in second        
DEC 21  H          3-3 T     51 17 22 12    154 170  46 0.451 Gradin, Smyl, McCarthy score   
MAR 14  H          2-1 W     52 18 22 12    156 171  48 0.462 Rota gets both goals           
OCT 11  A  1981-82 2-2 T     53 18 22 13    158 173  49 0.462 McCarthy assists both goals    
JAN 27  H          4-3 W     54 19 22 13    162 176  51 0.472 Smyl scores natural hat trick  
MAR 10  H          4-7 L     55 19 23 13    166 183  51 0.464 Gradin in on all four goals    
NOV  7  A  1982-83 1-3 L     56 19 24 13    167 186  51 0.455 Lindgren scores only goal      
JAN  7  A          5-5 T     57 19 24 14    172 191  52 0.456 Bubla, Smyl 3 assists each     
MAR 12  H          8-3 W     58 20 24 14    180 194  54 0.466 Darcy Rota records hat trick   
DEC 18  A  1983-84 2-3 L     59 20 25 14    182 197  54 0.458 First NHL goal for Michel Petit
JAN 17  H          1-5 L     60 20 26 14    183 202  54 0.450 Michel Petit scores lone goal  
MAR 17  H          2-5 L     61 20 27 14    185 207  54 0.443 Gradin, Sundstrom score        
DEC 16  A  1984-85 2-2 T OT  62 20 27 15    187 209  55 0.444 Canucks up 2-0 at 1:25 of first
MAR 13  H          6-4 W     63 21 27 15    193 213  57 0.452 Kirton scores twice            
MAR 20  A          5-4 W     64 22 27 15    198 217  59 0.461 Petit gets game winner in third
OCT 25  A  1985-86 4-5 L     65 22 28 15    202 222  59 0.454 Canucks up 3-1 after first     
NOV  2  H          6-2 W     66 23 28 15    208 224  61 0.462 First NHL goal for Jim Sandlak 
MAR 19  H          3-4 L     67 23 29 15    211 228  61 0.455 Smyl in on all three goals     
NOV  7  A  1986-87 7-6 W     68 24 29 15    218 234  63 0.463 Smyl, Sutter two goals each    
MAR  1  A          4-2 W     69 25 29 15    222 236  65 0.471 Pederson gets winner in second 
MAR 13  H          6-4 W     70 26 29 15    228 240  67 0.479 Skriko records five points     
NOV 11  H  1987-88 4-4 T OT  71 26 29 16    232 244  68 0.479 Sutter ties game late in third 
DEC  6  A          5-1 W     72 27 29 16    237 245  70 0.486 Tanti scores two goals         
MAR 13  H          5-7 L     73 27 30 16    242 252  70 0.479 Tanti records the hat trick    
NOV 22  H  1988-89 4-2 W     74 28 30 16    246 254  72 0.486 Linden gets another hat trick  
FEB 10  A          5-4 W     75 29 30 16    251 258  74 0.493 Tanti records three points     
MAR 24  A          2-5 L     76 29 31 16    253 263  74 0.487 Canucks clinch playoff spot    
NOV 10  A  1989-90 2-4 L     77 29 32 16    255 267  74 0.481 Adams, Butcher score           
NOV 19  H          2-2 T OT  78 29 32 17    257 269  75 0.481 Larionov in on both goals      
JAN 13  H          3-5 L     79 29 33 17    260 274  75 0.475 Daryl Stanley injures finger   
NOV  9  A  1990-91 1-7 L     80 29 34 17    261 281  75 0.469 Lumme scores lone goal         
JAN  8  H          3-3 T OT  81 29 34 18    264 284  76 0.469 Canucks trail 3-1 late in third
MAR 10  A          7-5 W     82 30 34 18    271 289  78 0.476 Momesso records three points   
OCT 13  A  1991-92 3-1 W     83 31 34 18    274 290  80 0.482 McLean improves record to 5-0-0
FEB 19  H          6-5 W     84 32 34 18    280 295  82 0.488 Linden gets goal one and six   
JAN 15  H  1992-93 4-1 W     85 33 34 18    284 296  84 0.494 Bure in on all four goals      
FEB 12  A          3-1 W     86 34 34 18    287 297  86 0.500 Bure records three assists     
MAR  1 N-A         5-2 W     87 35 34 18    292 299  88 0.506 Bure gets 50th in Hamilton     
OCT 30  H  1993-94 3-6 L     88 35 35 18    295 305  88 0.500 Canucks trail 5-1 in second    
JAN  9  A          3-5 L     89 35 36 18    298 310  88 0.494 Hunter opens the scoring       
MAR  3  A  1995-96 3-0 W     90 36 36 18    301 310  90 0.500 McLean makes 32 saves          
MAR  6  H          5-2 W     91 37 36 18    306 312  92 0.505 Russ Courtnall gets hat trick  
OCT  9  H  1996-97 1-2 L     92 37 37 18    307 314  92 0.500 Bure scores lone goal          
DEC  4  A          7-6 W OT  93 38 37 18    314 320  94 0.505 Sillinger ends the shootout    
JAN 15  A  1997-98 2-6 L     94 38 38 18    316 326  94 0.500 Goalies fight in third         
MAR 26  H          2-5 L     95 38 39 18    318 331  94 0.495 Video costs Canucks 2 goals    
FEB 28  H  1998-99 0-2 L     96 38 40 18    318 333  94 0.490 Sabre Roloson gets shutout     
FEB 17  A  1999-00 2-1 W     97 39 40 18  0 320 334  96 0.495 Brashear gets winner in third  
MAR 16  H          6-3 W     98 40 40 18  0 326 337  98 0.500 Naslund records four points    
OCT 14  H  2000-01 4-0 W     99 41 40 18  0 330 337 100 0.505 Potvin makes 27 saves          
MAR 16  A          2-4 L    100 41 41 18  0 332 341 100 0.500 Naslund gone for the season    
JAN  8  A  2001-02 2-3 L    101 41 42 18  0 334 344 100 0.495 Morrison, Bertuzzi score     
OCT 29  H  2002-03 1-1 T OT 102 41 42 19  0 335 345 101 0.495 Jovanovski gets lone goal
FEB  7  A          4-2 W    103 42 42 19  0 339 347 103 0.500 Chubarov gets game winner   
OCT 20  H  2003-04 6-1 W    104 43 42 19  0 345 348 105 0.505 Six different Canucks score 
JAN 19  H  2005-06 4-1 W    105 44 42 19  0 349 349 107 0.510 Eleven Canucks get a point  
JAN 19  A  2006-07 3-4 L SO 106 44 42 19  1 352 353 108 0.509 Sabourin makes 33 saves     
OCT 17  A  2008-09 2-5 L    107 44 43 19  1 354 358 108 0.505 Kesler, Bernier score       
JAN 25  H  2009-10 3-2 W    108 45 43 19  1 357 360 110 0.509 Lukowich 1st goal as Canuck 
NOV 15  A  2010-11 3-4 L OT 109 45 43 19  2 360 364 111  .509 Two goals in 3rd earn point 
MAR  3  H  2011-12 3-5 L    110 45 44 19  2 363 369 111  .505 Booth scores twice          
OCT 17  A  2013-14 3-0 W    111 46 44 19  2 366 369 113  .509 Luongo makes 25 saves       
MAR 23  H          4-2 W    112 47 44 19  2 370 371 115  .513 Canucks trail 2-0 early     
JAN 30  H  2014-15 5-2 W    113 48 44 19  2 375 373 117  .518 Kenins plays first NHL game 
FEB 26  A          3-6 L    114 48 45 19  2 378 379 117  .513 Game tied 3-3 in third      
NOV  7  A  2015-16 2-3 L    115 48 46 19  2 380 382 117  .509 Henrik, Higgins get goals   
DEC  7  H          5-2 W    116 49 46 19  2 385 384 119  .513 Vrbata 2 in 1st, 3rd in 3rd 

Playoffs

 DATE  H/A SEASON  SCORE  OT GP  W  L  -  -  GF  GA PTS  AVG        HISTORICAL NOTES         
APR  8  A  1979-80 1-2 L      1  0  1  -  -   1   2   0 0.000 Ashton scores the lone goal    
APR  9  A          0-6 L      2  0  2  -  -   1   8   0 0.000 Sabre Sauve gets the shutout   
APR 11  H          5-4 W      3  1  2  -  -   6  12   2 0.333 Williams hits coach Bowman     
APR 12  H          1-3 L      4  1  3  -  -   7  15   2 0.250 Rota scores the lone goal      
                 Buffalo wins best of five series three games to one                      

APR  8  A  1980-81 2-3 L  OT  5  1  4  -  -   9  18   2 0.200 Rota, Fraser score             
APR  9  A          2-5 L      6  1  5  -  -  11  23   2 0.167 Gradin assists on both goals   
APR 11  H          3-5 L      7  1  6  -  -  14  28   2 0.143 Canucks bow out quietly        
                 Buffalo wins best of five series three games to none                     

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