As you likely saw with your own eyes on television or at least read by now, the Buffalo Sabres won a game in New York against the Islanders last night (3-2) that frankly, they had no business skating off the ice with two points.
How badly were they outplayed? The Sabres were outshot by the Islanders, 43-19. Ian Ott of the Sabres media relation department tweeted after the game, via the Elias Sports Bureau that it was the first time the Sabres skated off the ice with a win after being outshot by 28 since defeating the Quebec Nordiques, 3-1 on March 29, 1988 in a game they were outshot, 47-19.
After hearing that incredible stat from Ott, I went on hockeyreference.com in search of finding out the hero(s) of that game. According to the site’s box score from that game, turns out Darren Puppa was the man in net as he turned away all but one of Quebec’s 47 shots. Offensively it was Mark Napier providing the big boost with a pair of goals while John Tucker scored the other in a 3-1 win.
And no, Lindy Ruff was not coaching the Sabres, although it feels like he’s been behind the bench forever.
Actually, he was playing for the team back then and had an assist and three shots on goal that game.