Today is a day of departures and arrivals for the Buffalo Sabres, as well as a day of team heroism.
March 11, 1999
After a 5-2 loss to Tampa at Marine Midland Arena, the Sabres announce the trade of Matthew Barnaby to the Pittsburgh Penguins, for Stu Barnes.
The Sabres, who had been in a slump since Christmas, responded with three wins in a row- and only five losses – in their last 17 games en route to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Barnes would eventually take over as captain for the Sabres in 2001, after the departure of Mike Peca.
March 11, 2003
The Sabres trade Chris Gratton and a 2004 4th-round pick to Phoenix for Daniel Briere and a 2004 3rd round pick. And there would be much rejoicing.
March 11, 2006
Mike Grier scores with 4.6 seconds left in the 3rd period to give the Sabres a wild 6-5 win over the Flyers in Philadelphia. The Sabres had overcome the news that head coach Lindy Ruff’s daughter was suffering from a brain mass.
The Sabres plummeted to an early 2-0 deficit and a shaky performance by goaltender Ryan Miller. Miller allowed 5 goals before being replaced by Marty Biron to start the 3rd period comeback attempt. In that 3rd period, the Sabres outshot the Flyers 14-1 and outscored them 2-0.
It was the Sabres’ 5th straight win, extending their overall hot streak to 12-1-2, and was their 20th one-goal victory of the season. The win epitomized the indomitable spirit of the 2005-06 boys of the Blue and Gold.