Martin Biron rips off 12th win in last 12 starts

No, it’s not 12 straight wins outright, the 5-0 loss to the Sharks where Noronen started and Biron finished is sandwiched inbetween. But it’s tough to say any goalie in the NHL is playing better than Marty Biron right now, and if there is a goalie playing better his team isn’t bailing him out on an off night and winning games like the Sabres are right now.

Biron became the 1st NHL goaltender to win 11 straight starts since Marty Brodeur in 2001, now he’s passed Brodeur’s mark with 12. Even Dominik Hasek in his prime never managed a streak such as this, but he also never had a team like the Sabres are this season. The big winning streak could end tonight, but it wouldn’t change the fact Biron has won 12 straight starts. I realize that I’m one of maybe 3 Sabres fans that ever post on this board, but how many games must the Sabres win before anyone here says a damn thing about it?

Recently, for the 1st time I can ever remember NHL.com has been writing tons of feature articles on the Sabres. There was one about the work ethic the team has shown this year, the way guys have stepped up when key players went down, and even one calling Irish tenor Ronon Tynan the Sabres’ version of Kate Smith. That is something I’ve noticed during this run they’ve been on. They’ve won games with key players being out for several games. Daniel Briere was out for quite awhile and the Sabres kept winning without him. Ryan Miller broke his thumb in October and I remember writing the article about how a goaltender would have to step up to keep the Sabres in the race. Biron has done far more than anyone could have expected him too. Jay Mckee (the league’s leading shot blocker) and Toni Lydman have both been out with injuries this season, and Dumont is due to be out until after the Olympics. This team is truly a team, something past successful Sabres teams were not. They were all about Hasek, if they managed 2 goals in a game they were going to win because you weren’t going to score 3 on Dominik. This team isn’t a groin tear away from being on the skids like those teams were.

They’re right behind Ottawa now for the division and the top seed in the Conference (granted the Sens have games in hand and have pounded the Sabres head to head this year). I think the way Ottawa has looked human in recent games if the Sabres stay hot they may catch them by Christmas, what a Christmas present for Sabres fans even if Ottawa still has games in hand. The Sabres may cool off soon, but Ryan Miller is set to return as soon as Marty stops winning games. Right now the Sabres will play Biron until he looks human again, then give Miller a chance to step back in.

With the season ending injury to Cloutier in Vancouver there is plenty of speculation that the Nucks would try to deal for Biron. His trade value will never be higher than it is right now, but the Sabres don’t need to do anything right now. In fact, I wouldn’t even think of making a move and messing with the chemistry the team has right now. I don’t know what’s going to happen but I have certainly enjoyed the ride so far.


28 Responses to Martin Biron rips off 12th win in last 12 starts

  1. monley89 says:

    dude i didnt even read your article but i will, but honestly this is truly astounding!

  2. Gretzkin says:

    Nice one Biron!

    It’s true. Not a lot of Sabres posts on this sight.

    Everybody thought that Buffalo would definitely be basement dwellers this year, but they’ve been very strong.

    No huge Superstars, really, but a nice solid team, with some good goaltending.

    They are also in arguably one of the toughest on the 6 divisions, so that says a bit more for their success.

    They are 9-1 in their last 10, making them the hottest team in the league right now, just in front of Dallas.

    Very Impressive!

  3. BlueOrangeWhite says:

    do any regular readers of this board remember arguiing with me when ryan miller got hurt, I POSTED that it doesn’t matter – biron is the better goalie anyway.

    got many argumentitive comments for saying that.

    difference is, as a former jr A goalie I CAN SEE what most of you cannot in a goalie!

    that is why i am coorect in all of my goalie related postings!

  4. SDG says:

    Sabresfan 220-

    I must apologize, i’m a huge Sabres fan and I visit this site regularly, but because of the lack of Sabres fans, I don’t post much.

    With that being said, this is the best I have ever seen the Sabres play in recent memory. I used to be a season ticket holder in years past, but I don’t live in the Buffalo area anymore.

    The effort that has come from EVERY player on the team is astounding. Kotalik has seemed to find his place, and Connolly is playing like a 5th overall draft pick. (finally) Ruff rolls the four lines and it has worked great for them this year. Ruff is also securing his job if this keeps up.

    The goaltending situation is a nice problem to have. They should be able to get good value in return for whatever decision they make.

    Let’s keep the Sabres posts coming.

  5. SDG says:

    Biron has played the best he has ever played in this stretch, but the Sabres seem extremely high on Miller. If Biron and the Sabres keep winning, it would be stupid to change that, but as soon as he loses one, Miller willl get another chance, and I believe he could pull off a run like this also.

  6. Gretzkin says:

    You are kind of funny.

    Certainly you were bang on with your thoughts of Biron.

    But as a FORMER Junior A Goalie, it seems that the players could SEE what you couldn’t… the MESH!

    Otherwise you would be in the NHL, if you had such a vast, expert knowledge of Goaltending, putting you so far above the pack.

    You cannot ALWAYS be correct.

    You should have listened to what all parents tell their daughters:

    “Keep your eyes open, and you LEGS SHUT!”

  7. Mikeyribs says:

    Nobody gives a damn about the Sabres. THey suck and you will see it when they miss the playoffs. Biron may be hot right now, but this is HTR and it hasnt anything to do with possible trades.

  8. suppaman says:

    first off, there are tons of things written here without having anything to do with trades, so there’s the first point that you have a low I.Q.

    the second fact that helps prove that is you think the sabres will miss the playoffs and suck

    and lastly, we should trade biron as soon as miller is ready to go while his value is at his highest. Miller is a better goalie, younger, cheaper, and is better built for the new NHL (he’s a lot better in shootouts) Biron has played well, but he’s received tons of support on the scoreboard and by the team. I think we need to fire Ruff though, because as usual he’s just going to ride the hot hand until one faulters, then switch until one gets hot again. He’s been screwing with all three goalie’s psyche and messing up their development

  9. BlueOrangeWhite says:

    ANOTHER IDIOT THAT WARRANTS A RESPONSE:

    a YOU a former jr A goalie…NO!

    is anyone reading this post a former jr A goalie…NO.

    does that credential give me an ability to understand goalies better than YOU, other readers, and non goalies…YES

    do you have a clue why i didn’t play i the nhl – could it be a tragic injury ended my career…YES.

    you are a moron!

  10. BlueOrangeWhite says:

    you are wrong about this, ryan miller is simply NOT as a good a goalie as biron. never has been, never will be, the sabres have chose the wrong guy at the start of the season. i knew that the WHOLE time. the fact that i am correct will be born out over the next 10 yrs.

  11. SabresFan220 says:

    I’m sorry Mikey, I guess you forgot to read the last part of my article.

    “With the season ending injury to Cloutier in Vancouver there is plenty of speculation that the Nucks would try to deal for Biron. His trade value will never be higher than it is right now, but the Sabres don’t need to do anything right now. In fact, I wouldn’t even think of making a move and messing with the chemistry the team has right now.”

    “Stupidity is a disease and contagious as polio..” Sorry had to use a modified favorite quote from “The Natural” there, the original says “Losing is a disease..” It appears poor Mikey has caught the retarded bug, never got his shots, oops.

    Disgruntled Leafs fan? Perhaps very pissed off that the Sabres can spend $15 milion less than the Leafs and put a better team on the ice. Oh I know, it’s Eklund under a different name upset that he’s going to be very wrong (as usual) about the Sabres being in the basement of the league the whole season. It’s ok Eklund, when you predict 1000 things a season you’re bound to get one of them right eventually.

  12. Gretzkin says:

    I’m a former Junior A Defenseman that simply didn’t quite make the cut, who doesn’t pretend to know everything about Defense and Defenseman, simply because I played the position.

    Just because you played at a moderately high level, doesn’t make you smarter than anybody else.

    Some of the “Super-Nerds” on this sight (No Offence, “Super-Nerds”) will forget more about hockey than you and I will ever know. Having never played a game in their lives.

    I’m sorry for you that you’ve had an injury that ended your career. Perhaps you should take this as a blessing in disguise and go back to school, like I did, and learn how to spell.

    I believe that you played at a semi-pro level.

    You have the grammar of a 6th grader.

    And I’m the moron…

    Nobody can be correct 100% of the time.

    It’s impossible.

    I wonder how old you are, and where you played.

    I’ll bet you I’ve lit you up a few times in the past…

  13. almelo95 says:

    Love seeing the Sabres post as well! I’ve been to 4 or 5 games this year and watched most of the others on TV and I must say, this is a very entertaining team to watch. I was skeptical at the start of the season with the lack of movement during the free agency period, but now we are seeing that Darcy had the right idea with this team. He’s taken plenty of shots over the year, but I have to commend him for putting together a hard working team that believes in itself and fights the opponent for 60 minutes every night. The playoffs are coming back to HSBC in ’06!

  14. BlueOrangeWhite says:

    I’m a former Junior A Defenseman that simply didn’t quite make the cut – I DID. I was drafted, were you?

    …who doesn’t pretend to know everything about Defense and Defenseman, simply because I played the position. – GOALIE IS A WHOLE DIFFERENT ANIMAL THAN DEFENSEMEN. THAT IS WHY THERE ARE SPECIALIZED GOALIE COACHES WITH EVERY TEAM. ONLY GOALIES KNOW GOALIES!

    Some of the “Super-Nerds” on this sight (No Offence, “Super-Nerds”) will forget more about hockey than you and I will ever know. – FALSE. NOT HAVING PLAYED THE GAME IS A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT AND WEAKER PERSPECTIVE.

    ME: CURRENTLY CEO OF 2 SUCCESSFUL INTERNET COMPANIES – THANK YOU!

    YOU: ????

  15. SDG says:

    Alright already! Say whatever needs to be said to make yourselves feel better about yourselves but this is getting stupid. It has turned into a game of “I’m so great, I’ve done this” that really nobody is going to believe after awhile. For crying out loud the next post is going to say something along the lines of “I was invited to an NHL training camp, but was the last guy cut.”

    Both of you probably never played any more that stick an ball in your driveway. Give it up, you self important egomaniac.

  16. Gretzkin says:

    First of all, a good Defenseman is what make you lot look good.

    Was I drafted? No. Like I said, I didn’t quite have it.

    It’s not the end of my world, believe me.

    ONLY GOALIES KNOW GOALIES.

    From what I remember, you GOALIES were the only ones who werent part of the “TEAM”.

    Standing in the crease yelling at people, thinking you were the coach, when the fact of the matter is. YOU COULDN’T SKATE IN THE FIRST PLACE!!!

    Listen Dude, I’m not trying to make you look like a complete fool, though you are a fool, no doubt.

    Although, I did mock your spelling and grammer. For that, I apologize. You may have a good grasp of Goaltending, and maybe better than me.

    Only MAYBE.

    My only point was the FACT that YOU, or even PATRICK ROY CANNOT be right 100% of the time.

    You are just too childish to admit that.

    I don’t know what your job has to do with anything.

    CEO of 2 Successful Internet Companies.

    Cheers to you!

    I haven’t a clue what that means.

    ME: ????

    I’m the PRESIDENT, CEO, DIRECTOR, TREASURER and SECRETARY of my own CORPORATION.

    Quite Successful as well, I might add.

    So, you’re WELCOME???

    AND YOU ARE WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!

    I know that I’ve scored on you before.

    And let me guess, once the first one got past you, there was no letting up.

    I’m right, aren’t I?

    You’re one of those hot-headed tenders with a pile of excuses as to why you actually suck.

    Let me give you a free word of advice:

    It was your attitude!

  17. BlueOrangeWhite says:

    “First of all, a good Defenseman is what make you lot look good.” – EVER HERE SOMEONE SAY GOOD A DEFENSEMEN IS WHAT YOU NEED TO WIN IN THE PLAYOFFS? I HAVEN’T. I BELIEVE IT’S A GOOD GOALIE IF I’M NOT MISTAKEN.

    “when the fact of the matter is. YOU COULDN’T SKATE IN THE FIRST PLACE!!!” – KNOWN BASIC FUNDAMENTAL OF HOCKEY – GOALIE IS THE BEST SKATER ON THE ICE. YOU LEARN THAT AS A MITE!

    “I don’t know what your job has to do with anything._ – YES YOU DO. IT WAS IN RESPONSE TO THESE IDIOTIC COMMENTS IN YOUR PREVIOUS POST: “Perhaps you should take this as a blessing in disguise and go back to school, like I did, and learn how to spell. I believe that you played at a semi-pro level. You have the grammar of a 6th grader.

    And I’m the moron…”

    “You’re one of those hot-headed tenders with a pile of excuses as to why you actually suck.” – IF I SUCK, AND I HAVE TUDE PROBS, HOW DID I GET DRAFTED WHILE YOU WERE “SCORING ON ME FROM THE BLUELINE, AND NOT GETTING DRAFTED? I SUSPECT IT WAS YOU WHO SUCKED, AND YOU HAD HAS EMOTIONAL SHORTCOMINGS.

  18. cecilturtle says:

    Kind of funny, I had no idea how well the Sabers were playing. That is until Sunday morning when I was watching meet the press and Tim Russert signed off by saying, Check out those hot Sabers… (or something like that?) Most hockey fans at that point (well, the few fans that watch meet the press Sunday mornings) all checked the NHL standings in their Sunday Paper. I dont know what is more shocking? The Sabers are playing really well? Or Tim Russert is a Buffalo fan? I thought he was from Boston (not sure?). Anyway Buffalo… Enjoy the accolades of the national recognition!

    Cecil Turtle

  19. Gretzkin says:

    A good “TEAM” is what it takes to win the playoffs. PERIOD.

    From the Pipes outward.

    Your spelling has improved dramatically.

    I’m impressed!

    Perhaps a little coaching is all you really needed.

    By the way, this whole little “Agrument” has nothing to do with either of our on ice skill, or lack there of.

    I enjoyed a successful career. Wore an “A” on my sweater and moved on. I didn’t have the chance to play at the NHL level, and that is fine. It doesn’t bother me one bit, and it has nothing to do with a bad attitude. I considered myself a team player, and so did my teammates.

    THE BOTTOM LINE OF THIS WHOLE THING IS YOU FESSING UP TO THE FACT THAT YOU ARE NOT ABSOLUTELY CORRECT ALL OF THE TIME. ADMIT THAT, AND WE CAN MOVE ON.

    If you played in Western Canada. I guarantee that I scored on you.

    So there you have it, MR. “I’m such a Pro that I’m posting things on a website at 3:00am, instead of getting my much needed rest because I’m so good at hockey that they may as well just give me the Vezina trophy”…

  20. SabresFan220 says:

    Tim Russert is proudly from Buffalo and a proud fan of all Buffalo sports teams. It’s just easier to say you’re a Sabres fan right now than to say you love the Bills (which somehow we all still do). Sure that might say he is biased, but at least his favoritism is backed up by wins.

  21. BlueOrangeWhite says:

    no, i’m posting at 3am because as the ceo of my companies i only need to show up at my desk when i feel like it!

    my spelling was NEVER off. my TYPING was. any idiot could see that those were simply typos from fast typing!

    i did not play in western canada.

    i am never wrong about goalies.

    here’s another one. 3 games ago i knew that dipietro was shot, and needed to be rested. steve stirling DIDN’T know, and over played dipietro. as a result the isles almost lost to colorado sat. and it was dipietro’s soft goals that made the game close. and DID get killed tonight in toronto, where the score was deceiving. periods 2 and 3 were ALL leafs.

    why couldn’t stirling spot this 3 games ago as i did? because stirling was not a goalie. only goalies can see these things!

    here’s another one (albeit related): snow should be playing more than he does. he should play a minimum of 25 % of the games. right now he is not on pace to have done that. that is a problem. dipietro is not THIS good, and snow is better than people realize.

  22. Gretzkin says:

    You can’t be right all of the time.

    IMPOSSIBLE!

    But we are beating a dead horse here.

    Those DiPietro opinions are all hindsight.

    There’s no proving your argument by telling me the past.

    Anyways, from the President to the CEO:

    Have a good holiday man!

    I’m headed to the East coast in the morning for Christmas.

    Perhaps we can pick this up when I get back.

    I’ve been enjoying this little back and forth.

    Especially since I’m right and you are wrong.

    Just kidding.

    Have a great Christmas!

    For Real.

  23. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    YAY I MADE A CORRECT PREDICTION OH YAY THIS FEELS SO GOOD. lol so what you want a cookie for making a good prediction. im willing to put 5 bucks on miller that hes better in the future anyways. so you can be a junior a goalie woop de do. just because you were a Junior A goalie doesnt mean you can see in goalies what “we cannot”.

    besides you want to talk about stumping everyone or proving everyone wrong. i told every hockey fan at school and said it a few times on this site and i was proved right by this year. brodeur is not as good as the numbers say. he doesnt have the Scott’s infront of him, no trap, smaller goalie equipment. and now hes nothing compaired to roy. i told everyone brodeur is not better then roy never has and never will be.

  24. cecilturtle says:

    Russert might be biased??? But its OK because Buffalo is not a forrunner. You eather love Buffalo or are indifferent. Not many people, outside of Buffalo, are jumping on the Sabers ban-waggon. So… Good for the Sabers and good for Russert.

  25. BlueOrangeWhite says:

    “just because you were a Junior A goalie doesnt mean you can see in goalies what “we cannot”. – YES IT DOES.

  26. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    no it really doesnt. i have never played hockey before and i can see good in a goalie. and i know a goalie who cant spot a good goaltender from bad. and btw i dont remember u saying anything about biron being good. he is at 115% right now he will get back to 100% soon which is good but not this good.

  27. BlueOrangeWhite says:

    i did say earlier in the season that he is the better goalie v.s miller. i stand by that. streak or no streak. miller is overrated.

    in response to your other silly comments:

    as i wrote in a prior post in this thread, there is a reason that teams carry goalies to coach goalies as goalie coaches. no other position warrants such a thing. only goalies know goalies.

  28. MillerTime30 says:

    You’re a freakin’ idiot with a comment like that. 15-1-1 in the last 17 says otherwise. What are you, a Maple Laffs fan??

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