Forty years ago tonight the Buffalo Sabres played their very first game in NHL history.
Their first game was actually played on the road on October 10th, 1970. They skated out of Pittsburgh with a surprise 2-1 victory, thanks to Gilbert Perreault's first NHL goal. Here's the full game summary.
Four days later the Sabres were shutout in New York by the Rangers before returning home for their very first home game in franchise history. The Montreal Canadiens were rude guests, shutting out the Sabres. Here's the full game summary of that game.
Here's a fantastic YouTube find covering the Buffalo Sabres first game and first home game: