Sabres Start Season off Strong
The Buffalo Sabres have managed to start off the 1991 NFHL season on a good note, winning the first two games on their schedule. The two games were against two teams that are clearly headed in different directions and Buffalo managed to catch them both at the right time, beating them at a combined 13 to 5 count.
The San Jose Sharks are looking to take a step this season, and were likely looking to the Sabres as an early litmus test. While it's too early to tell if this growing squad will find its legs and make a push for the playoffs or not, the Buffalo Sabres were on their game and showed the Sharks what a team looking to contend plays like. The final score was 6 to 2 in favor of the hometown Sabres, and they absolutely shelled the visitors in shots with a difference of 43 to 20. Newly signed Backup Pete Peeters did well in his first start, only allowing 2 goals. Winger Dave Andreychuk was hurt in the game and team doctors are saying he could still be out a few more days before he is cleared for full contact.
The New York Islanders for years have been disappointing those hoping that their aging roster would start to falter and allow the next generation of contenders to take over. It's still unclear if the 1991 season is the start of this trend, but regardless the Buffalo Sabres are surely happy to catch the always dangerous team before they've managed to get rolling. The Sabres chased starting goaltender Andy Moog and dominated the Islanders by a score of 7 to 3. The real story of the game was the emergence of Sabres vet but new winger Mike Gartner. Gartner scored a goal in the season opener which was encouraging, but to come out the 2nd game and score 4 more was an unexpected surprise. It was a good gamble by coach Ted Green to finally give Gartner's elite speed and skating a decent look on the wing with top end centers like Laurie Boschman and Mats Naslund.
The Sabres' next two games are against the Quebec Nordiques, whose season is still in question as to which way it will go in 1991. Buffalo will look to test new Nords goalie Grant Fuhr early and often in hopes of coming out of the weekend with a perfect 4 and 0 record.