Sabres fans practicing social distancing during the coroanvirus pandemic will be treated to classic games featuring highlight-reel saves by Dominik Hasek and overtime playoff heroics.
The team announced Thursday it will air the following five vintage games on MSG next week: Game 6 of the 1994 Eastern Conference quarterfinals (Monday), final game at Memorial Auditorium (Tuesday), the Sabres cap their 10-game win streak on Oct. 26, 2006 (Wednesday), first game at Madison Square Garden following 9/11 (Thursday) and Game 5 of the 2007 Eastern Conference semifinals (Friday).
All games will air at 8 p.m. and will be available on the Sabres' YouTube channel at noon the following day. They will also be shown on MSG throughout the weekend.
Martin Biron, a MSG analyst and former Sabres goalie, asked for fans to request which games they hoped to see, but there was one caveat: some games are not available because of broadcasting rights.
Hasek made 70 saves in a four-overtime victory over the New Jersey Devils in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, and the broadcast Monday will begin with the third period. The Sabres' final game in 26 seasons at The Aud occurred on April 14, 1996, a 4-1 victory over the Hartford Whalers.
The third broadcast is the Sabres' 10th consecutive win to start the 2006-07 season, a streak that helped them earn the NHL's best record that season.
Following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the Sabres played the Rangers in New York's regular-season home opener on Oct. 7.
Buffalo put the New York Rangers on the brink of elimination with a 2-1 overtime win in Game 5 of the 2007 Eastern Conference semifinals, as Maxim Afinogenov scored the deciding goal and Ryan Miller made 22 saves.
Additionally, the NHL announced Thursday that archived games, including those played this season, will be available to fans on the league's website.
Starting Friday and through April 30, the NHL and Sportsnet have decided to make full replays of all 2019-20 NHL regular-season games available to stream on demand.
The NHL will launch the “NHL Pause Binge” on its website and on its official YouTube channel, which will include a curated collection of NHL Original Productions content, from the critically acclaimed, behind-the-scenes programs “Road to the NHL Winter Classic,” “Behind The Glass” and “NHL All Access” to full-length classic NHL games dating from the 1950s to present day.
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