Beware of the Ides of March.
Unless guys like Dominik Hasek have your back. Indeed, the Boys of March 8th have been all about protecting the net on this day in Sabres history.
March 8, 1989: Clint Malarchuk makes his Sabres debut, and makes all of his 32 saves to shut out the Rangers in New York, 2-0.
March 8, 1995: Dominik Hasek stumps Mark Recchi on a penalty shot. The Sabres and Habs tie.
March 8, 1997: This time,Dominik Hasek denies Vincent Damphousse – on a penalty shot, again. The Sabres and Habs tie. Again.
Though it didn’t happen on March 8th, Here’s a bird’s eye view of Thomas Vanek going “around the world” on the Dominator:
March 8, 2002: Marty Biron gathers up 26 pucks for his 2nd shutout in 24 hours, as the Sabres blank the Canadiens at HSBC Arena, 3-0. Marty had shut out the Islanders the night before on Long Island, 5-0. He would eventually go on to join the Flyers, where his success was not so… fortuitous:
In any event, March 8 might be the day of the lucky goaltender – let’s hope Ryan Miller can carry the magic into 2011 when the Sabres face off against the Penguins tonight. It’s the only regular season month in which Miller has yet keep a goose egg on the board.
He is definitely due.