Daniel Briere enjoyed a breakout season in 2005-06. ©2020, Janet Schultz

Five ‘Sabres Classics’ from 2005-06 season to air next week on MSG

Five more “Sabres Classics” – this time regular-season games from 2005-06, one of the most memorable campaigns in franchise history – will be rebroadcast on MSG next week.

That season, of course, the Sabres morphed into a powerhouse after the NHL lockout ended, roaring to the Eastern Conference final. Co-captains Daniel Briere and Chris Drury led what was arguably the league’s deepest and most exciting lineup.

The games are being aired because the COVID-19 pandemic forced the NHL to suspend its season indefinitely March 12.

The contests will start at 8 p.m. and be uploaded to the Sabres’ YouTube channel the following day at noon. MSG will also play the games multiple times each night, the next day and over the weekend.

The complete schedule:

Monday, March 30: Sabres go over .500 for good

Taylor Pyatt’s hat trick and Tim Connolly’s three points helped the Sabres beat the Washington Capitals 8-5 on Nov. 17, 2005.

Tuesday, March 31: Sabres extend their winning streak to seven games

Goalie Ryan Miller backstopped the Sabres to 2-1 road shootout victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Dec. 19, 2005.

Wednesday, April 1: Sabres finally defeat the Ottawa Senators

Thomas Vanek’s slick shootout goal secured a 2-1 triumph and Buffalo’s first win of the season over former Sabre Dominik Hasek and the Senators on Feb. 6, 2006.

Thursday, April 2: Sabres extend season-long winning streak to eight games

Drury recorded two goals and an assist as the Sabres beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 on March 16, 2006.

Friday, April 3: Briere shines in win wild win over Senators

Briere scored in the final minute of regulation and overtime as the Sabres beat to the Senators 5-4 on April 5, 2006.

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