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88-89BufSab
1988–89 Buffalo Sabres · NHL
Division 3rd Adams
Conference 5th Prince of Wales
1988–89 record 38-35-7
Home record 25-12-3
Road record 13-23-4
Goals for 291
Goals against 299
General Manager Gerry Meehan
Coach Ted Sator
Captain Lindy Ruff (Oct-Mar)
Mike Foligno (Mar-Apr)
Alternate captains Unknown
Unknown
Arena Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
Team leaders
Goals Pierre Turgeon (34)
Assists Pierre Turgeon (54)
Points Pierre Turgeon (88)
Penalties in minutes Mike Hartman (316)
Wins Daren Puppa (17)
Goals against average Clint Malarchuk (2.39)

The 1988–89 Buffalo Sabres season, the team's 19th season of existence, saw the Sabres finish in third place in the Adams Division with a record of 38 wins, 35 losses, and 7 ties for 83 points. They lost the Division Semi-finals in five games to the Boston Bruins.

Regular seasonEdit

Clint Malarchuk incidentEdit

On March 22, 1989, a horrific incident occurred during a game between the Sabres and the St. Louis Blues at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, when Buffalo goaltender Clint Malarchuk had his jugular vein severed by the skate blade of the Blues' Steve Tuttle during a goal mouth collision. According to reports, eleven fans in the stands fainted, two more had heart attacks, and three players vomited on the ice. The Sabres' training staff was immediately on the scene, and Malarchuk eventually needed 300 stitches to close the wound. Astonishingly, he spent only one night in hospital before returning to practice four days later.[1]

Season standingsEdit

Adams Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Montreal Canadiens 80 53 18 9 315 218 115
Boston Bruins 80 37 29 14 289 256 88
Buffalo Sabres 80 38 35 7 291 299 83
Hartford Whalers 80 37 38 5 299 290 79
Quebec Nordiques 80 27 46 7 269 342 61

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
       Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Game logEdit

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1WOctober 6, 19883–2 Montreal Canadiens (1988–89) 1–0–0
2LOctober 8, 19882–6 @ Washington Capitals (1988–89) 1–1–0
3LOctober 9, 19883–4 OT @ Philadelphia Flyers (1988–89) 1–2–0
4WOctober 12, 19888–5 Pittsburgh Penguins (1988–89) 2–2–0
5WOctober 14, 19885–4 @ Quebec Nordiques (1988–89) 3–2–0
6LOctober 16, 19883–5 Quebec Nordiques (1988–89) 3–3–0
7LOctober 19, 19882–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1988–89) 3–4–0
8WOctober 21, 19885–3 Montreal Canadiens (1988–89) 4–4–0
9LOctober 22, 19883–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1988–89) 4–5–0
10WOctober 25, 19887–4 @ New Jersey Devils (1988–89) 5–5–0
11LOctober 26, 19881–7 Hartford Whalers (1988–89) 5–6–0
12TOctober 29, 19883–3 OT @ Boston Bruins (1988–89) 5–6–1
13TOctober 30, 19883–3 OT Boston Bruins (1988–89) 5–6–2
14WNovember 2, 19886–4 New York Rangers (1988–89) 6–6–2
15LNovember 4, 19883–7 @ Edmonton Oilers (1988–89) 6–7–2
16LNovember 5, 19880–9 @ Calgary Flames (1988–89) 6–8–2
17WNovember 9, 19883–2 Calgary Flames (1988–89) 7–8–2
18WNovember 12, 19883–0 @ New York Islanders (1988–89) 8–8–2
19LNovember 13, 19884–5 OT Edmonton Oilers (1988–89) 8–9–2
20LNovember 16, 19882–3 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1988–89) 8–10–2
21LNovember 19, 19884–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1988–89) 8–11–2
22LNovember 22, 19882–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1988–89) 8–12–2
23WNovember 25, 19885–4 OT Chicago Blackhawks (1988–89) 9–12–2
24WNovember 27, 19887–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1988–89) 10–12–2
25WNovember 30, 19886–2 Quebec Nordiques (1988–89) 11–12–2
26LDecember 2, 19881–6 Hartford Whalers (1988–89) 11–13–2
27LDecember 3, 19882–3 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1988–89) 11–14–2
28LDecember 6, 19880–9 @ Hartford Whalers (1988–89) 11–15–2
29WDecember 8, 19884–2 @ Boston Bruins (1988–89) 12–15–2
30LDecember 11, 19884–6 Washington Capitals (1988–89) 12–16–2
31LDecember 14, 19883–4 @ Winnipeg Jets (1988–89) 12–17–2
32TDecember 15, 19882–2 OT @ Minnesota North Stars (1988–89) 12–17–3
33TDecember 19, 19885–5 OT Edmonton Oilers (1988–89) 12–17–4
34WDecember 21, 19885–2 @ New York Rangers (1988–89) 13–17–4
35WDecember 23, 19885–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1988–89) 14–17–4
36WDecember 26, 19882–1 Boston Bruins (1988–89) 15–17–4
37WDecember 28, 19884–1 Detroit Red Wings (1988–89) 16–17–4
38LDecember 30, 19883–5 @ Washington Capitals (1988–89) 16–18–4
39LDecember 31, 19882–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1988–89) 16–19–4
40LJanuary 4, 19894–5 OT Hartford Whalers (1988–89) 16–20–4
41LJanuary 6, 19894–5 @ New Jersey Devils (1988–89) 16–21–4
42WJanuary 7, 19896–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1988–89) 17–21–4
43WJanuary 12, 19896–5 Chicago Blackhawks (1988–89) 18–21–4
44TJanuary 14, 19891–1 OT @ Quebec Nordiques (1988–89) 18–21–5
45WJanuary 15, 19893–2 Calgary Flames (1988–89) 19–21–5
46TJanuary 18, 19893–3 OT Minnesota North Stars (1988–89) 19–21–6
47WJanuary 21, 19896–5 OT @ Boston Bruins (1988–89) 20–21–6
48WJanuary 22, 19896–4 Boston Bruins (1988–89) 21–21–6
49WJanuary 25, 19896–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1988–89) 22–21–6
50WJanuary 27, 19894–2 Montreal Canadiens (1988–89) 23–21–6
51LJanuary 28, 19891–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1988–89) 23–22–6
52WJanuary 31, 19895–3 @ Hartford Whalers (1988–89) 24–22–6
53LFebruary 2, 19893–7 @ St. Louis Blues (1988–89) 24–23–6
54LFebruary 4, 19893–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1988–89) 24–24–6
55LFebruary 9, 19892–5 @ Hartford Whalers (1988–89) 24–25–6
56LFebruary 10, 19894–5 Vancouver Canucks (1988–89) 24–26–6
57WFebruary 12, 19895–2 St. Louis Blues (1988–89) 25–26–6
58LFebruary 14, 19893–7 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1988–89) 25–27–6
59WFebruary 15, 19895–3 New Jersey Devils (1988–89) 26–27–6
60WFebruary 17, 19895–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1988–89) 27–27–6
61WFebruary 19, 19898–4 Detroit Red Wings (1988–89) 28–27–6
62WFebruary 22, 19897–5 New York Islanders (1988–89) 29–27–6
63WFebruary 24, 19895–4 Winnipeg Jets (1988–89) 30–27–6
64LFebruary 25, 19891–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1988–89) 30–28–6
65LMarch 1, 19894–5 Los Angeles Kings (1988–89) 30–29–6
66LMarch 4, 19892–6 @ Quebec Nordiques (1988–89) 30–30–6
67LMarch 5, 19892–8 Quebec Nordiques (1988–89) 30–31–6
68WMarch 8, 19892–0 @ New York Rangers (1988–89) 31–31–6
69TMarch 11, 19896–6 OT @ Boston Bruins (1988–89) 31–31–7
70WMarch 12, 19893–2 Boston Bruins (1988–89) 32–31–7
71WMarch 16, 19896–1 @ Hartford Whalers (1988–89) 33–31–7
72LMarch 18, 19890–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1988–89) 33–32–7
73WMarch 20, 19894–1 @ Winnipeg Jets (1988–89) 34–32–7
74LMarch 22, 19891–2 St. Louis Blues (1988–89) 34–33–7
75WMarch 24, 19895–2 Vancouver Canucks (1988–89) 35–33–7
76LMarch 25, 19891–4 @ Quebec Nordiques (1988–89) 35–34–7
77WMarch 28, 19894–2 Hartford Whalers (1988–89) 36–34–7
78LMarch 30, 19892–4 Montreal Canadiens (1988–89) 36–35–7
79WApril 1, 19894–3 @ New York Islanders (1988–89) 37–35–7
80WApril 2, 19894–2 Quebec Nordiques (1988–89) 38–35–7

PlayoffsEdit

Division semi-finalsEdit

Buffalo Sabres vs. Boston Bruins

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 5 Buffalo Sabres 6 Boston Bruins 0
April 6 Buffalo Sabres 3 Boston Bruins 5
April 8 Boston Bruins 4 Buffalo Sabres 2
April 9 Boston Bruins 3 Buffalo Sabres 2
April 11 Buffalo Sabres 1 Boston Bruins 4

Boston wins best-of-seven series 4 games to 1

Player statsEdit

ForwardsEdit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalties in minutes

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Pierre Turgeon 80 34 54 88 26
Christian Ruuttu 67 14 46 60 98
Dave Andreychuk 56 28 24 52 40
Mike Foligno 75 27 22 49 156
Benoit Hogue 69 14 30 44 120
John Tucker 60 13 31 44 31
Ray Sheppard 67 22 21 43 15
Scott Arniel 80 18 23 41 46
Rick Vaive 28 19 13 32 64
Mark Napier 66 11 17 28 33
Kevin Maguire 60 8 10 18 241
Jeff Parker 57 9 9 18 82
Adam Creighton 24 7 10 17 44
Mike Hartman 70 8 9 17 316
Mike Donnelly 22 4 6 10 10
Ken Priestlay 15 2 0 2 2
Scott Metcalfe 9 1 1 2 13
Jan Ludvig 13 0 2 2 39
Mikael Andersson 14 0 1 1 4
Trent Kaese 1 0 0 0 0
Darrin Shannon 3 0 0 0 0

DefencemenEdit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalties in minutes

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Phil Housley 72 26 44 70 47
Doug Bodger 61 7 40 47 52
Uwe Krupp 70 5 13 18 55
Lindy Ruff 63 6 11 17 86
Mike Ramsey 56 2 14 16 84
Calle Johansson 47 2 11 13 33
Shawn Anderson 33 2 10 12 18
Grant Ledyard 13 1 5 6 8
Joe Reekie 15 1 3 4 26
Larry Playfair 42 0 3 3 110
Richie Dunn 4 0 1 1 2
Bob Halkidis 16 0 1 1 66
Mark Ferner 2 0 0 0 2
Brad Miller 7 0 0 0 6
Steve Smith 3 0 0 0 0

GoaltendingEdit

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average

Player GP W L T SO GAA
Daren Puppa 37 17 10 6 1 3.36
Jacques Cloutier 36 15 14 0 0 3.63
Clint Malarchuk 7 3 1 1 1 2.39
Tom Barrasso 10 2 7 0 0 4.95
Darcy Wakaluk 6 1 3 0 0 4.21
Darren Eliot 2 0 0 0 0 6.27

[2]

Awards and recordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

RosterEdit

Draft picksEdit

Farm teamsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit


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