Niagara Gazette


May 27, 2006

Randy Schultz's Top 10 Sabres moments

Editor’s note: With the Buffalo Sabres looking for a spot in the Stanley Cup Finals for just the third time in franchise history, we figured now was as good a time as any to look back at some of the great moments the hometown team has enjoyed. Perhaps you were on hand for some of them or remember seeing them on TV.

Here, local hockey expert Randy Schultz provides his top-10 list.

10. — Oct. 15, 1970 — The NHL arrives in Buffalo as the Sabres play their first official regular-season home game against the Montreal Canadiens, losing 3-0.

9. — March 22, 1989 — Sabres goaltender Clint Malarchuk is cut in the throat with the skate blade of St. Louis Blues forward Steve Tuttle. With blood gushing out of his neck area, Malarchuk calmly skates off the ice and receives medical attention that saves his life. A few days later, he stops by Memorial Auditorium during a game, is convinced to stand in the Zamboni entrance where it is announced he is located. A two-minute standing ovation follows, leaving many in the Aud with tears in their eyes.

8. — Jan. 24, 1978 — NHL All-Star Game is held in Buffalo. The Sabres Rick Martin scores the game-tying goal for the Wales Conference. Buffalo’s Gilbert Perreault scores the winner for the Wales Conference in OT.

7. — April 27, 1994 — Dave Hannan scores in OT to give Buffalo a victory over the New Jersey Devils to end the longest Stanley Cup playoff game in Sabres history.

6. — April 24, 1993 — Buffalo’s Brad May scores in OT to beat the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup playoffs. It marks the first playoff series the Sabres had won in 10 years. The play becomes known simply as “May Day” based on the call of legendary announcer Rick Jeanneret.

5. — May 20, 1975 — Game 3 of the 1975 Stanley Cup Finals in Buffalo between the Sabres and Philadelphia Flyers. Better known as the Fog Game. Fog forms at ice level, making it almost impossible for players to see. The Sabres’ Rene Robert ends the game in OT when he scores to beat Flyers goalie Bernie Parent, making the final score 5-4.

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