1994–95 Buffalo Sabres season

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1994–95 Buffalo Sabres
Division 4th Northeast
Conference 7th Eastern
1994–95 record 22–19–7
Home record 15–8–1
Road record 7–11–6
Goals for 130
Goals against 119
Team information
General Manager John Muckler
Coach John Muckler
Captain Pat LaFontaine
Arena Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
Team leaders
Goals Donald Audette (24)
Assists Alexander Mogilny (28)
Points Alexander Mogilny (47)
Penalties in minutes Rob Ray (173)
Wins Dominik Hasek (19)
Goals against average Dominik Hasek (2.11)

The 1994–95 Buffalo Sabres season was the Sabres' 25th season in the National Hockey League. The season was marked by injuries to star forwards Dale Hawerchuk and Pat LaFontaine, who each missed over half of the lockout-shortened season. Donald Audette, Alexander Mogilny and Wayne Presley filled the offensive hole left by the absence of LaFontaine and Hawerchuk, as Audette led the team in goals (24), Mogilny led in assists (28) and points (47) and Presley led in shorthanded goals (5). Thanks to Presley's contribution in this offensive category, the Sabres tied the Washington Capitals with the most shorthanded goals scored by any team during the regular season (13). Dominik Hasek led all goaltenders in save percentage with .930, goals against average with 2.11 (tied with Rick Tabaracci of the Washington Capitals/Calgary Flames) and shutouts with 5 (tied with Ed Belfour of the Chicago Blackhawks). The Sabres were one of only three teams (the other two being the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Quebec Nordiques) not to be shut out in any of their regular season games or playoff games.[1][2]

On April 4, 1995, the Sabres scored three short-handed goals in a 6–3 home win over the Hartford Whalers.[3]

The team's playoff run was brief, as they were eliminated in the first round by the Philadelphia Flyers in five games.

Off-season[edit]

NHL Entry Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Nationality College/junior/club team
1 17 Wayne Primeau (Centre)  Canada Owen Sound Platers (OHL)
2 43 Curtis Brown (Left wing)  Canada Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)

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Regular season[edit]

The Sabres scored the fewest even-strength goals during the regular season (72).[5]

Season standings[edit]

Northeast Division
No. CR GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 1 Quebec Nordiques 48 30 13 5 185 134 65
2 3 Pittsburgh Penguins 48 29 16 3 181 158 61
3 4 Boston Bruins 48 27 18 3 150 127 57
4 7 Buffalo Sabres 48 22 19 7 130 119 51
5 10 Hartford Whalers 48 19 24 5 127 141 43
6 11 Montreal Canadiens 48 18 23 7 125 148 43
7 14 Ottawa Senators 48 9 34 5 117 174 23

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Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W January 20, 1995 2–1 @ New York Rangers (1994–95) 1–0–0
2 W January 22, 1995 5–2 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1994–95) 2–0–0
3 W January 25, 1995 2–1 New Jersey Devils (1994–95) 3–0–0
4 L January 27, 1995 3–7 Quebec Nordiques (1994–95) 3–1–0
5 T January 28, 1995 2–2 OT @ Ottawa Senators (1994–95) 3–1–1
6 L January 31, 1995 1–2 @ New Jersey Devils (1994–95) 3–2–1
7 W February 2, 1995 1–0 @ Washington Capitals (1994–95) 4–2–1
8 L February 4, 1995 2–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1994–95) 4–3–1
9 W February 5, 1995 2–1 Tampa Bay Lightning (1994–95) 5–3–1
10 W February 7, 1995 2–1 Washington Capitals (1994–95) 6–3–1
11 L February 11, 1995 1–2 @ New York Islanders (1994–95) 6–4–1
12 L February 12, 1995 1–2 Boston Bruins (1994–95) 6–5–1
13 L February 15, 1995 1–2 New York Rangers (1994–95) 6–6–1
14 T February 19, 1995 3–3 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1994–95) 6–6–2
15 T February 22, 1995 3–3 OT New York Islanders (1994–95) 6–6–3
16 W February 25, 1995 3–1 @ Hartford Whalers (1994–95) 7–6–3
17 L February 26, 1995 2–4 New York Rangers (1994–95) 7–7–3
18 W March 2, 1995 6–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1994–95) 8–7–3
19 T March 4, 1995 1–1 OT @ Quebec Nordiques (1994–95) 8–7–4
20 W March 5, 1995 4–1 Montreal Canadiens (1994–95) 9–7–4
21 T March 8, 1995 2–2 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1994–95) 9–7–5
22 L March 11, 1995 2–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1994–95) 9–8–5
23 W March 14, 1995 2–1 OT @ Florida Panthers (1994–95) 10–8–5
24 W March 16, 1995 6–3 New York Islanders (1994–95) 11–8–5
25 L March 18, 1995 3–4 OT @ Ottawa Senators (1994–95) 11–9–5
26 L March 19, 1995 1–6 Tampa Bay Lightning (1994–95) 11–10–5
27 L March 21, 1995 2–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1994–95) 11–11–5
28 W March 24, 1995 3–0 Florida Panthers (1994–95) 12–11–5
29 L March 26, 1995 1–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1994–95) 12–12–5
30 W March 28, 1995 5–3 Quebec Nordiques (1994–95) 13–12–5
31 W March 30, 1995 7–0 Ottawa Senators (1994–95) 14–12–5
32 W April 1, 1995 5–1 @ New York Islanders (1994–95) 15–12–5
33 W April 4, 1995 6–3 Hartford Whalers (1994–95) 16–12–5
34 T April 6, 1995 1–1 OT @ Boston Bruins (1994–95) 16–12–6
35 L April 8, 1995 2–4 @ Hartford Whalers (1994–95) 16–13–6
36 L April 9, 1995 5–6 Boston Bruins (1994–95) 16–14–6
37 L April 12, 1995 1–3 @ New York Rangers (1994–95) 16–15–6
38 L April 14, 1995 2–5 @ Quebec Nordiques (1994–95) 16–16–6
39 W April 16, 1995 2–1 Ottawa Senators (1994–95) 17–16–6
40 L April 18, 1995 1–2 Hartford Whalers (1994–95) 17–17–6
41 L April 19, 1995 1–4 @ Boston Bruins (1994–95) 17–18–6
42 W April 23, 1995 4–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1994–95) 18–18–6
43 W April 24, 1995 3–1 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1994–95) 19–18–6
44 W April 26, 1995 5–0 Florida Panthers (1994–95) 20–18–6
45 L April 28, 1995 1–5 @ Washington Capitals (1994–95) 20–19–6
46 T April 29, 1995 3–3 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1994–95) 20–19–7
47 W May 1, 1995 2–0 Montreal Canadiens (1994–95) 21–19–7
48 W May 3, 1995 5–4 New Jersey Devils (1994–95) 22–19–7

Playoffs[edit]

1995 Stanley Cup playoffs

Philadelphia vs. Buffalo
Date Away Home Score OT
May 7 Buffalo Philadelphia 4 – 3 OT
May 8 Buffalo Philadelphia 3 – 1
May 10 Philadelphia Buffalo 3 – 1
May 12 Philadelphia Buffalo 4 – 2
May 14 Buffalo Philadelphia 6 – 4
Philadelphia wins series 4–1

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Mogilny, AlexanderAlexander Mogilny RW 44 19 28 47 36 0 12 0 2
Audette, DonaldDonald Audette RW 46 24 13 37 27 -3 13 0 7
LaFontaine, PatPat LaFontaine C 22 12 15 27 4 2 6 1 3
Khmylev, YuriYuri Khmylev LW 48 8 17 25 14 8 2 1 1
Plante, DerekDerek Plante C 47 3 19 22 12 -4 2 0 0
Bodger, DougDoug Bodger D 44 3 17 20 47 -3 2 0 0
Presley, WayneWayne Presley RW 46 14 5 19 41 5 0 5 2
Hawerchuk, DaleDale Hawerchuk C 23 5 11 16 2 -2 2 0 2
Hannan, DaveDave Hannan C 42 4 12 16 32 3 0 2 0
Dawe, JasonJason Dawe RW 42 7 4 11 19 -6 0 1 2
Simpson, CraigCraig Simpson LW 24 4 7 11 26 -5 1 0 0
Smehlik, RichardRichard Smehlik D 39 4 7 11 46 5 0 1 1
Galley, GarryGarry Galley D 14 1 9 10 10 4 1 0 0
Sweeney, BobBob Sweeney C/RW 45 5 4 9 18 -6 1 2 0
Zhitnik, AlexeiAlexei Zhitnik D 21 2 5 7 34 -3 1 0 0
May, BradBrad May LW 33 3 3 6 87 5 1 0 0
Huddy, CharlieCharlie Huddy D 32 2 4 6 36 -1 1 0 0
Muni, CraigCraig Muni D 40 0 6 6 36 -4 0 0 0
Boucher, PhilippePhilippe Boucher D 9 1 4 5 0 6 0 0 0
Svoboda, PetrPetr Svoboda D 26 0 5 5 60 -5 0 0 0
Astley, MarkMark Astley D 14 2 1 3 12 -2 0 0 0
Pearson, ScottScott Pearson LW 14 2 1 3 20 -3 0 0 0
Houda, DougDoug Houda D 28 1 2 3 68 1 0 0 0
Sutton, KenKen Sutton D 12 1 2 3 30 -2 0 0 1
Holzinger, BrianBrian Holzinger C 4 0 3 3 0 2 0 0 0
Ray, RobRob Ray RW 47 0 3 3 173 -4 0 0 0
Barnaby, MatthewMatthew Barnaby RW 23 1 1 2 116 -2 0 0 0
Brown, CurtisCurtis Brown C/LW 1 1 1 2 2 2 0 0 0
Gordiouk, ViktorViktor Gordiouk LW 10 0 2 2 0 -3 0 0 0
Primeau, WayneWayne Primeau C 1 1 0 1 0 -2 0 0 1
Ambroziak, PeterPeter Ambroziak LW 12 0 1 1 0 -1 0 0 0
Fuhr, GrantGrant Fuhr G 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hasek, DominikDominik Hasek G 41 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
MacDonald, DougDoug MacDonald LW 2 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Melanson, DeanDean Melanson D 5 0 0 0 4 -1 0 0 0
Stauber, RobbRobb Stauber G 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tsygurov, DenisDenis Tsygurov D 4 0 0 0 4 -1 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Hasek, DominikDominik Hasek 2416 41 19 14 7 85 2.11 5 1221 1136 .930
Stauber, RobbRobb Stauber 317 6 2 3 0 20 3.79 0 150 130 .867
Fuhr, GrantGrant Fuhr 180 3 1 2 0 12 4.00 0 85 73 .859
Team: 2913 48 22 19 7 117 2.41 5 1456 1339 .920

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Mogilny, AlexanderAlexander Mogilny RW 5 3 2 5 2 -6 0 0 0
Presley, WayneWayne Presley RW 5 3 1 4 8 3 0 1 1
LaFontaine, PatPat LaFontaine C 5 2 2 4 2 -2 1 0 0
Bodger, DougDoug Bodger D 5 0 4 4 0 1 0 0 0
Dawe, JasonJason Dawe RW 5 2 1 3 6 -2 0 0 0
Holzinger, BrianBrian Holzinger C 4 2 1 3 2 -3 1 0 0
Galley, GarryGarry Galley D 5 0 3 3 4 -3 0 0 0
Audette, DonaldDonald Audette RW 5 1 1 2 4 -2 1 0 0
Hannan, DaveDave Hannan C 5 0 2 2 2 2 0 0 0
Khmylev, YuriYuri Khmylev LW 5 0 1 1 8 -1 0 0 0
Muni, CraigCraig Muni D 5 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Zhitnik, AlexeiAlexei Zhitnik D 5 0 1 1 14 -7 0 0 0
Astley, MarkMark Astley D 2 0 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0
Hasek, DominikDominik Hasek G 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hawerchuk, DaleDale Hawerchuk C 2 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Huddy, CharlieCharlie Huddy D 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
May, BradBrad May LW 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Pearson, ScottScott Pearson LW 5 0 0 0 4 -1 0 0 0
Ray, RobRob Ray RW 5 0 0 0 14 0 0 0 0
Smehlik, RichardRichard Smehlik D 5 0 0 0 2 -1 0 0 0
Sweeney, BobBob Sweeney C/RW 5 0 0 0 4 -1 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Hasek, DominikDominik Hasek 309 5 1 4 18 3.50 0 131 113 .863
Team: 309 5 1 4 18 3.50 0 131 113 .863

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Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = plus/minus; PIM = Penalty minutes; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
      MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Awards and records[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_1995.html
  2. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/BUF/1995_games.html
  3. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/boxscores/199504040BUF.html
  4. ^ http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/draft/nhl1994e.html
  5. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/BUF/1995.html
  6. ^ Standings: NHL Public Relations Department (2008). Dave McCarthy; et al., eds. THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Official Guide & Record Book/2009. National Hockey League. p. 154. ISBN 978-1-894801-14-0. 
  7. ^ "1994-95 Buffalo Sabres Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-12. 
  8. ^ National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p. 237, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5