Sabres to air 2006 Eastern Conference Final against Carolina

April 16, 2020

The Buffalo Sabres wrap up their look back on the 2005-06 season as they will air five of the seven games in the 2006 Eastern Conference Final against the Carolina Hurricanes on MSG.

Movin' on to Carolina!

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— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) April 16, 2020

Game 1 of the series went to the Sabres in Raleigh as Buffalo got goals from Henrik Tallinder, Daniel Briere and Jay McKee, while Ryan Miller stopped 29 of 31 shots faced to win 3-2. That game will air on Monday, April 20.

After a loss in Game 2 at the, then, RBC Arena, the series shifted to Buffalo for Game 3 at the, then, HSBC Arena. The Hurricanes took an early 1-0 lead, but captain Chris Drury tied the game late in the first period before Buffalo really opened things up in the second period. Briere scored twice in the first 8:28 of the middle frame before Ales Kotalik added a fourth Sabres goal to chase goalie Cam Ward from the Carolina net. The Hurricanes came back to cut the Buffalo lead to 4-3, but that's as close as they would get as Buffalo took the 2-1 series lead. Game 2 will be broadcasted on Tuesday night.

The Hurricanes shut out the Sabres in Game 4, behind a Martin Gerber 22-save shutout, to tie the series again and push the series back to Carolina for Game 5. Wednesday night will showcase the Sabres' and Hurricanes' overtime thriller in Raleigh that saw Carolina take a 3-2 series lead with a 4-3 win, thanks to a power play goal from forward Cory Stillman. Buffalo ended up chasing Gerber in this game with goals from Drury, Derek Roy and Toni Lydman, but Carolina fought back to force the overtime period.

Needing a win to force a deciding Game 7 back in Carolina, Briere provided the heroics for the Sabres with an overtime power play goal to give Buffalo a 2-1 win at HSBC Arena. You can watch that game on Thursday night.

Friday will broadcast Game 7 of the series back in Raleigh, where Buffalo ended up falling short of a trip to the Stanley Cup Final in a 4-2 loss. Buffalo took a 2-1 lead heading into the final 20 minutes of play, thanks to goals from Jochen Hecht and Doug Janik, but the Hurricanes stormed back to take the lead and eventually capture their first Stanley Cup title in franchise history.

All five of these games will air at 8 p.m. on MSG.