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1971–72 Buffalo Sabres · NHL
Division 6th East
1971–72 record 16–43–19
Goals for 203
Goals against 289
General Manager Punch Imlach
Coach Punch Imlach
Captain Gerry Meehan
Team Leaders
Goals Rick Martin (44)
Assists Gilbert Perreault (48)
Points Rick Martin
Gilbert Perreault (74)
Penalties in minutes Al Hamilton (105)
Wins Roger Crozier (13)
Goals against average Roger Crozier (3.51)
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1970–71 1972–73

The 1971–72 Buffalo Sabres season was the Sabres' 2nd season in the National Hockey League. The Sabres finished 6th in the East Division and did not qualify for the playoffs.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

East Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
Boston Bruins 78 54 13 11 330 204 119
New York Rangers 78 48 17 13 317 192 109
Montreal Canadiens 78 46 16 16 307 205 108
Toronto Maple Leafs 78 33 31 14 209 208 80
Detroit Red Wings 78 33 35 10 261 262 76
Buffalo Sabres 78 16 43 19 203 289 51
Vancouver Canucks 78 20 50 8 203 297 48

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


Game Log[edit | edit source]

Regular Season Results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
6 W October 20, 1971 7–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 2–4–0
7 L October 21, 1971 2–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 2–5–0
8 L October 23, 1971 1–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 2–6–0
9 L October 24, 1971 2–3 St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 2–7–0
10 W October 27, 1971 3–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 3–7–0
11 T October 30, 1971 4–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 3–7–1
12 T October 31, 1971 2–2 @ California Golden Seals (1971–72) 3–7–2
13 T November 4, 1971 4–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 3–7–3
14 W November 5, 1971 5–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 4–7–3
15 T November 7, 1971 3–3 Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 4–7–4
16 L November 11, 1971 2–4 Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 4–8–4
17 L November 13, 1971 2–5 @ New York Rangers (1971–72) 4–9–4
18 T November 14, 1971 2–2 Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 4–9–5
19 L November 18, 1971 5–7 California Golden Seals (1971–72) 4–10–5
20 L November 21, 1971 3–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 4–11–5
21 L November 24, 1971 3–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 4–12–5
22 L November 27, 1971 2–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 4–13–5
23 L November 28, 1971 3–5 @ California Golden Seals (1971–72) 4–14–5
24 L December 1, 1971 2–7 @ New York Rangers (1971–72) 4–15–5
25 W December 2, 1971 2–0 Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 5–15–5
26 L December 4, 1971 1–5 @ St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 5–16–5
27 W December 5, 1971 3–1 Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 6–16–5
28 L December 9, 1971 1–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 6–17–5
29 T December 11, 1971 3–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 6–17–6
30 L December 12, 1971 2–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 6–18–6
31 L December 15, 1971 1–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 6–19–6
32 L December 16, 1971 0–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 6–20–6
33 L December 18, 1971 1–8 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 6–21–6
34 W December 19, 1971 5–1 Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 7–21–6
35 T December 23, 1971 4–4 Boston Bruins (1971–72) 7–21–7
36 T December 25, 1971 4–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 7–21–8
37 W December 26, 1971 6–3 St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 8–21–8
38 L December 29, 1971 3–7 Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 8–22–8
39 T December 31, 1971 3–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 8–22–9
40 T January 2, 1972 4–4 California Golden Seals (1971–72) 8–22–10
41 L January 6, 1972 2–5 Boston Bruins (1971–72) 8–23–10
42 L January 9, 1972 1–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 8–24–10
43 L January 13, 1972 2–5 New York Rangers (1971–72) 8–25–10
44 L January 15, 1972 2–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 8–26–10
45 W January 16, 1972 4–2 Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 9–26–10
46 W January 20, 1972 1–0 Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 10–26–10
47 L January 22, 1972 2–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 10–27–10
48 T January 23, 1972 3–3 @ Boston Bruins (1971–72) 10–27–11
49 L January 26, 1972 1–5 @ New York Rangers (1971–72) 10–28–11
50 L January 27, 1972 1–3 Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 10–29–11
51 T January 30, 1972 2–2 Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 10–29–12
52 L February 3, 1972 2–4 New York Rangers (1971–72) 10–30–12
53 T February 5, 1972 3–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 10–30–13
54 W February 6, 1972 8–2 Boston Bruins (1971–72) 11–30–13
55 L February 10, 1972 2–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1971–72) 11–31–13
56 L February 12, 1972 1–5 @ Boston Bruins (1971–72) 11–32–13
57 T February 13, 1972 4–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 11–32–14
58 L February 17, 1972 0–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 11–33–14
59 L February 19, 1972 1–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1971–72) 11–34–14
60 L February 20, 1972 0–4 Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 11–35–14
61 W February 23, 1972 2–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 12–35–14
62 W February 24, 1972 5–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 13–35–14
63 T February 27, 1972 4–4 California Golden Seals (1971–72) 13–35–15
64 L March 1, 1972 1–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1971–72) 13–36–15
65 L March 2, 1972 3–4 New York Rangers (1971–72) 13–37–15
66 L March 5, 1972 2–6 St. Louis Blues (1971–72) 13–38–15
67 L March 8, 1972 3–6 @ California Golden Seals (1971–72) 13–39–15
68 L March 10, 1972 2–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 13–40–15
69 L March 11, 1972 3–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1971–72) 13–41–15
70 W March 14, 1972 4–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 14–41–15
71 T March 16, 1972 3–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 14–41–16
72 L March 17, 1972 2–6 Vancouver Canucks (1971–72) 14–42–16
73 T March 19, 1972 3–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1971–72) 14–42–17
74 W March 22, 1972 4–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 15–42–17
75 T March 23, 1972 4–4 Minnesota North Stars (1971–72) 15–42–18
76 T March 26, 1972 2–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1971–72) 15–42–19
77 L March 30, 1972 1–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 15–43–19
78 W April 2, 1972 3–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1971–72) 16–43–19

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

  • The Sabres failed to qualify for the post season.

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Martin, RickRick Martin 73 44 30 74 36 -38 19 0 5
Perreault, GilbertGilbert Perreault 76 26 48 74 24 -40 11 0 1
Meehan, GerryGerry Meehan 77 19 27 46 12 -28 4 0 2
Hamilton, AlAl Hamilton 76 4 30 34 105 -12 1 0 1
Shack, EddieEddie Shack 50 11 14 25 34 -11 4 0 0
Atkinson, SteveSteve Atkinson 67 14 10 24 26 -22 3 0 0
Lorentz, JimJim Lorentz 33 10 14 24 12 -11 2 0 1
Evans, ChrisChris Evans 61 6 18 24 98 -20 2 0 0
Goyette, PhilPhil Goyette 37 3 21 24 14 -10 3 0 0
Luce, DonDon Luce 78 11 8 19 38 -18 0 0 1
Lawson, DannyDanny Lawson 78 10 6 16 15 -23 0 1 0
Byers, MikeMike Byers 46 9 7 16 12 -20 3 0 1
Ramsay, CraigCraig Ramsay 57 6 10 16 0 5 0 0 2
O'Shea, KevinKevin O'Shea 52 6 9 15 44 -19 0 0 0
Robitaille, MikeMike Robitaille 31 2 10 12 22 -14 1 0 0
Hillman, LarryLarry Hillman 43 1 11 12 58 -21 0 0 0
Pratt, TracyTracy Pratt 27 0 10 10 52 0 0 0 0
Robert, ReneRene Robert 12 6 3 9 2 -5 3 0 0
Watson, JimJim Watson 66 2 6 8 101 -33 1 0 0
Wyrozub, RandyRandy Wyrozub 34 3 4 7 0 -2 0 0 0
Barrie, DougDoug Barrie 27 2 5 7 45 -21 0 0 1
Duff, DickDick Duff 8 2 2 4 0 -2 0 0 0
Anderson, RonRon Anderson 37 0 4 4 19 -10 0 0 0
Zaine, RodRod Zaine 24 2 1 3 4 -14 0 0 1
McKay, RayRay McKay 39 0 3 3 18 -12 0 0 0
Keenan, LarryLarry Keenan 14 2 0 2 2 -3 0 0 0
Deadmarsh, ButchButch Deadmarsh 12 1 1 2 4 -10 0 0 0
Gould, JohnJohn Gould 2 1 0 1 0 -1 0 0 0
Ball, TerryTerry Ball 10 0 1 1 6 -7 0 0 0
Mickey, LarryLarry Mickey 4 0 1 1 0 -1 0 0 0
Smith, FloydFloyd Smith 6 0 1 1 2 -3 0 0 0
Terbenche, PaulPaul Terbenche 9 0 0 0 2 -13 0 0 0
Dryden, DaveDave Dryden 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Crozier, RogerRoger Crozier 63 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Crozier, RogerRoger Crozier 3654 63 13 34 14 214 3.51 2
Dryden, DaveDave Dryden 1026 20 3 9 5 68 3.98 0
Team: 4680 78 16 43 19 282 3.62 2

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Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

  • The Sabres did not win any awards this season.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1971-72 Buffalo Sabres Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-27.
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