1988–89 Buffalo Sabres season

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1988–89 Buffalo Sabres
Division 3rd Adams
Conference 5th Wales
1988–89 record 38-35-7
Home record 25-12-3
Road record 13-23-4
Goals for 291
Goals against 299
Team information
General Manager Gerry Meehan
Coach Ted Sator
Captain Lindy Ruff
Alternate captains Mike Foligno
Phil Housley
Arena Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
Team leaders
Goals Pierre Turgeon (34)
Assists Pierre Turgeon (54)
Points Pierre Turgeon (88)
Penalties in minutes Mike Hartman (316)
Wins Daren Puppa (17)
Goals against average Clint Malarchuk (2.39)

The 1988–89 Buffalo Sabres season, the team's 19th season of existence, saw the Sabres finish in third place in the Adams Division with a record of 38 wins, 35 losses, and 7 ties for 83 points. They lost the Division Semi-finals in five games to the Boston Bruins.

Regular season[edit]

Clint Malarchuk incident[edit]

On March 22, 1989, a horrific incident occurred during a game between the Sabres and the St. Louis Blues at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, when Buffalo goaltender Clint Malarchuk had his jugular vein severed by the skate blade of the Blues' Steve Tuttle during a goal mouth collision. According to reports, eleven fans in the stands fainted, two more had heart attacks, and three players vomited on the ice. The Sabres' training staff was immediately on the scene, and Malarchuk eventually needed 300 stitches to close the wound. Astonishingly, he spent only one night in hospital before returning to practice four days later.[1]

Season standings[edit]

Adams Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Montreal Canadiens 80 53 18 9 315 218 115
Boston Bruins 80 37 29 14 289 256 88
Buffalo Sabres 80 38 35 7 291 299 83
Hartford Whalers 80 37 38 5 299 290 79
Quebec Nordiques 80 27 46 7 269 342 61

[2]Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 6, 1988 3–2 Montreal Canadiens (1988–89) 1–0–0
2 L October 8, 1988 2–6 @ Washington Capitals (1988–89) 1–1–0
3 L October 9, 1988 3–4 OT @ Philadelphia Flyers (1988–89) 1–2–0
4 W October 12, 1988 8–5 Pittsburgh Penguins (1988–89) 2–2–0
5 W October 14, 1988 5–4 @ Quebec Nordiques (1988–89) 3–2–0
6 L October 16, 1988 3–5 Quebec Nordiques (1988–89) 3–3–0
7 L October 19, 1988 2–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1988–89) 3–4–0
8 W October 21, 1988 5–3 Montreal Canadiens (1988–89) 4–4–0
9 L October 22, 1988 3–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1988–89) 4–5–0
10 W October 25, 1988 7–4 @ New Jersey Devils (1988–89) 5–5–0
11 L October 26, 1988 1–7 Hartford Whalers (1988–89) 5–6–0
12 T October 29, 1988 3–3 OT @ Boston Bruins (1988–89) 5–6–1
13 T October 30, 1988 3–3 OT Boston Bruins (1988–89) 5–6–2
14 W November 2, 1988 6–4 New York Rangers (1988–89) 6–6–2
15 L November 4, 1988 3–7 @ Edmonton Oilers (1988–89) 6–7–2
16 L November 5, 1988 0–9 @ Calgary Flames (1988–89) 6–8–2
17 W November 9, 1988 3–2 Calgary Flames (1988–89) 7–8–2
18 W November 12, 1988 3–0 @ New York Islanders (1988–89) 8–8–2
19 L November 13, 1988 4–5 OT Edmonton Oilers (1988–89) 8–9–2
20 L November 16, 1988 2–3 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1988–89) 8–10–2
21 L November 19, 1988 4–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1988–89) 8–11–2
22 L November 22, 1988 2–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1988–89) 8–12–2
23 W November 25, 1988 5–4 OT Chicago Blackhawks (1988–89) 9–12–2
24 W November 27, 1988 7–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1988–89) 10–12–2
25 W November 30, 1988 6–2 Quebec Nordiques (1988–89) 11–12–2
26 L December 2, 1988 1–6 Hartford Whalers (1988–89) 11–13–2
27 L December 3, 1988 2–3 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1988–89) 11–14–2
28 L December 6, 1988 0–9 @ Hartford Whalers (1988–89) 11–15–2
29 W December 8, 1988 4–2 @ Boston Bruins (1988–89) 12–15–2
30 L December 11, 1988 4–6 Washington Capitals (1988–89) 12–16–2
31 L December 14, 1988 3–4 @ Winnipeg Jets (1988–89) 12–17–2
32 T December 15, 1988 2–2 OT @ Minnesota North Stars (1988–89) 12–17–3
33 T December 19, 1988 5–5 OT Edmonton Oilers (1988–89) 12–17–4
34 W December 21, 1988 5–2 @ New York Rangers (1988–89) 13–17–4
35 W December 23, 1988 5–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1988–89) 14–17–4
36 W December 26, 1988 2–1 Boston Bruins (1988–89) 15–17–4
37 W December 28, 1988 4–1 Detroit Red Wings (1988–89) 16–17–4
38 L December 30, 1988 3–5 @ Washington Capitals (1988–89) 16–18–4
39 L December 31, 1988 2–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1988–89) 16–19–4
40 L January 4, 1989 4–5 OT Hartford Whalers (1988–89) 16–20–4
41 L January 6, 1989 4–5 @ New Jersey Devils (1988–89) 16–21–4
42 W January 7, 1989 6–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1988–89) 17–21–4
43 W January 12, 1989 6–5 Chicago Blackhawks (1988–89) 18–21–4
44 T January 14, 1989 1–1 OT @ Quebec Nordiques (1988–89) 18–21–5
45 W January 15, 1989 3–2 Calgary Flames (1988–89) 19–21–5
46 T January 18, 1989 3–3 OT Minnesota North Stars (1988–89) 19–21–6
47 W January 21, 1989 6–5 OT @ Boston Bruins (1988–89) 20–21–6
48 W January 22, 1989 6–4 Boston Bruins (1988–89) 21–21–6
49 W January 25, 1989 6–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1988–89) 22–21–6
50 W January 27, 1989 4–2 Montreal Canadiens (1988–89) 23–21–6
51 L January 28, 1989 1–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1988–89) 23–22–6
52 W January 31, 1989 5–3 @ Hartford Whalers (1988–89) 24–22–6
53 L February 2, 1989 3–7 @ St. Louis Blues (1988–89) 24–23–6
54 L February 4, 1989 3–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1988–89) 24–24–6
55 L February 9, 1989 2–5 @ Hartford Whalers (1988–89) 24–25–6
56 L February 10, 1989 4–5 Vancouver Canucks (1988–89) 24–26–6
57 W February 12, 1989 5–2 St. Louis Blues (1988–89) 25–26–6
58 L February 14, 1989 3–7 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1988–89) 25–27–6
59 W February 15, 1989 5–3 New Jersey Devils (1988–89) 26–27–6
60 W February 17, 1989 5–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1988–89) 27–27–6
61 W February 19, 1989 8–4 Detroit Red Wings (1988–89) 28–27–6
62 W February 22, 1989 7–5 New York Islanders (1988–89) 29–27–6
63 W February 24, 1989 5–4 Winnipeg Jets (1988–89) 30–27–6
64 L February 25, 1989 1–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1988–89) 30–28–6
65 L March 1, 1989 4–5 Los Angeles Kings (1988–89) 30–29–6
66 L March 4, 1989 2–6 @ Quebec Nordiques (1988–89) 30–30–6
67 L March 5, 1989 2–8 Quebec Nordiques (1988–89) 30–31–6
68 W March 8, 1989 2–0 @ New York Rangers (1988–89) 31–31–6
69 T March 11, 1989 6–6 OT @ Boston Bruins (1988–89) 31–31–7
70 W March 12, 1989 3–2 Boston Bruins (1988–89) 32–31–7
71 W March 16, 1989 6–1 @ Hartford Whalers (1988–89) 33–31–7
72 L March 18, 1989 0–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1988–89) 33–32–7
73 W March 20, 1989 4–1 @ Winnipeg Jets (1988–89) 34–32–7
74 L March 22, 1989 1–2 St. Louis Blues (1988–89) 34–33–7
75 W March 24, 1989 5–2 Vancouver Canucks (1988–89) 35–33–7
76 L March 25, 1989 1–4 @ Quebec Nordiques (1988–89) 35–34–7
77 W March 28, 1989 4–2 Hartford Whalers (1988–89) 36–34–7
78 L March 30, 1989 2–4 Montreal Canadiens (1988–89) 36–35–7
79 W April 1, 1989 4–3 @ New York Islanders (1988–89) 37–35–7
80 W April 2, 1989 4–2 Quebec Nordiques (1988–89) 38–35–7

Playoffs[edit]

Division semi-finals[edit]

1989 Stanley Cup playoffs Buffalo Sabres vs. Boston Bruins

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 5 Buffalo Sabres 6 Boston Bruins 0
April 6 Buffalo Sabres 3 Boston Bruins 5
April 8 Boston Bruins 4 Buffalo Sabres 2
April 9 Boston Bruins 3 Buffalo Sabres 2
April 11 Buffalo Sabres 1 Boston Bruins 4

Boston wins best-of-seven series 4 games to 1

Player statistics[edit]

Forwards[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalties in minutes

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Pierre Turgeon 80 34 54 88 26
Christian Ruuttu 67 14 46 60 98
Dave Andreychuk 56 28 24 52 40
Mike Foligno 75 27 22 49 156
Benoit Hogue 69 14 30 44 120
John Tucker 60 13 31 44 31
Ray Sheppard 67 22 21 43 15
Scott Arniel 80 18 23 41 46
Rick Vaive 28 19 13 32 64
Mark Napier 66 11 17 28 33
Kevin Maguire 60 8 10 18 241
Jeff Parker 57 9 9 18 82
Adam Creighton 24 7 10 17 44
Mike Hartman 70 8 9 17 316
Mike Donnelly 22 4 6 10 10
Ken Priestlay 15 2 0 2 2
Scott Metcalfe 9 1 1 2 13
Jan Ludvig 13 0 2 2 39
Mikael Andersson 14 0 1 1 4
Trent Kaese 1 0 0 0 0
Darrin Shannon 3 0 0 0 0

Defencemen[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalties in minutes

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Phil Housley 72 26 44 70 47
Doug Bodger 61 7 40 47 52
Uwe Krupp 70 5 13 18 55
Lindy Ruff 63 6 11 17 86
Mike Ramsey 56 2 14 16 84
Calle Johansson 47 2 11 13 33
Shawn Anderson 33 2 10 12 18
Grant Ledyard 13 1 5 6 8
Joe Reekie 15 1 3 4 26
Larry Playfair 42 0 3 3 110
Richie Dunn 4 0 1 1 2
Bob Halkidis 16 0 1 1 66
Mark Ferner 2 0 0 0 2
Brad Miller 7 0 0 0 6
Steve Smith 3 0 0 0 0

Goaltending[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average

Player GP W L T SO GAA
Daren Puppa 37 17 10 6 1 3.36
Jacques Cloutier 36 15 14 0 0 3.63
Clint Malarchuk 7 3 1 1 1 2.39
Tom Barrasso 10 2 7 0 0 4.95
Darcy Wakaluk 6 1 3 0 0 4.21
Darren Eliot 2 0 0 0 0 6.27

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Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Farm teams[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zednik's injury brings Malarchuk's own nightmare back to surface". ESPN. 2008-02-12. Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  2. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 153. ISBN 9781894801225. 
  3. ^ 1988-89 Buffalo Sabres at Hockey Reference