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  • BilzD1@xxx.xxx
    The Sabres put an exclamation point in the home and home season against the Toronto Maple Leafs as Buffalo won 6-3 in a game that saw the Sabres score the
    Message 1 of 3 , Nov 1, 1998
      The Sabres put an exclamation point in the home and home season against the
      Toronto Maple Leafs as Buffalo won 6-3 in a game that saw the Sabres score the
      first 3 goals. Then Toronto scored the next 3 before Michael Peca's tip in of
      a Zhitnik blast very late in the 2nd period gave Buffalo the lead for good.
      Buffalo scored the only 2 goals of the 3rd period to frustrate the Leafs.

      The big star of the game however was Geoff Sanderson who got his first hat
      trick as a Sabre with some good goals. He scored on a slap shot, a wrist shot
      and then got the Hat Trick after Rob Ray made a fine play at the red line to
      get him the puck.

      The Leafs wanted to hit everything in sight. Matthew Barnaby was the target of
      Kris King and Tie Domi, but it mattered not as the Sabres now find themselves
      only 1 point back of Toronto. The Sabres began the 2 game series 5 points
      back, but the win in Buffalo Friday night and then Saturday night's 6-3
      victory pulled Buffalo up in the standings in the Northeast Division.

      The Buffalo defense, in the third period, played a strong game in preventing
      the forechecking Leafs to get even. When Buffalo got the 5th goal (Sanderson's
      3rd), it was evident that a lot went out of Toronto. As it was on Friday, the
      game was a rough affair with some very hard hitting and some questionable work
      by Stephen Walkom who allowed the Leafs to get away with a lot of stuff. Hasek
      was being worked over, but the Sabres made their last visit to the Garden a
      winning one. Their next game will be in the new arena. Toronto again outshot
      Buffalo 33-25.

      Toronto had many chances in the game, especially Thomas and Koralev but missed
      the net. Dominik Hasek also contributed by making many big saves in the game.
      Besides Sanderson's 3 goals, other scorers for the Sabres were Satan (his
      first of the year Peca and Zhitnik's empty netter when Quinn pulled Potvin.

      The Sabres have rattled Toronto for 10 goals in the two games. They will meet
      again in 3 weeks in another home and home series.

      The Toronto Maple Leafs have won only once against the Sabres in the last 13
      games and the Sabres victory in Buffalo Friday night saw the Leafs winless
      streak in Buffalo extended. Toronto has not beaten Buffalo on its home ice
      since 1991.

      Here's how the action went in the game.

      FIRST PERIOD

      The Leafs started the game the same way they did Friday night, physical with a
      lot of forechecking. Michael Grosek took a penalty 1:25 into the game putting
      Toronto on the power play. With Toronto in possession in the Buffalo zone Mike
      Johnson was called for interference at 3:15.

      Buffalo then went on a 1:50 power play and put pressure on Toronto forcing
      Felix Potvin to make a fine save as Grosek and Satan took swipes at it.
      Toronto took another penalty giving the Sabres a brief 5 on 3 advantage for 52
      seconds. Buffalo got a couple of shots on Potvin but he stopped them both. The
      next time Buffalo broke in , Potvin couldn't stop the shot off the stick of
      Miroslav Satan. Alexei Zhitnik took the initial shot that was stopped but it
      came right onto the stick of Satan for his 1st goal of the season to give the
      Sabres a 1-0 lead at 5:16.

      Stephen Walkom the "ref" then got Paul Kruse for cross checking and the Leafs
      went on their 2nd power play at 5:53. Derek King missed on a good chance and
      Hasek made a couple of saves as the Sabres got back to full strength.

      After a face off, Kris King immediately dropped his gloves and went after
      Matthew Barnaby and did most of the landing of punches before the officials
      stepped in at 8:29. Pat Quinn put Tie Domi on the ice and Lindy Ruff sent out
      Rob Ray. When the Maple Leafs got a clearing pass to Domi at the red line,
      Alexei Zhitnik tripped up the little tough guy, putting the Leafs on the PP
      again at the halfway point in the period.

      Toronto sent quite a few shots toward the net as they controlled the play in
      the Sabres zone for a long stretch before Buffalo could clear it. Buffalo
      returned to full strength with a little more than 8 minutes left in the
      period. As Potvin stopped a Grosek shot, the Sabre skated toward him. Eakins
      of the Leafs then jumped Grosek from behind and they scuffled for a minute
      before being escorted to the penalty box. Both got 5 minute fighting penalties
      at 12:42. With 5:05 left, Barnaby and King returned back to the ice and
      Barnaby began jawing at Domi from their respective benches.

      With both teams skating up and down, Miroslav Satan had the puck inside the
      Leafs blue line and sent a cross ice pass to Geoff Sanderson. He let a strong
      shot go from the top of the faceoff circle with just under 3 minutes left in
      the period that zipped by Potvin to give the Sabres a 2-0 lead as both teams
      skated off the rest of the period without any further scoring, though Hasek
      made a good save on a Thomas shot with 20 seconds left.

      The Leafs peppered Hasek with 12 shots in the period - all saves. Buffalo sent
      9 shots on Potvin.

      SECOND PERIOD

      After Hasek made a fine save on Sundin, Potvin made a good one on Peca inside
      the first minute. Then came round two of the Barnaby & King match as they went
      at it once again. Both got in some good shots and Walkom sent them off for 5
      minutes at 1:26. When Rob Ray came on the ice, coach Quinn pulled Domi off.

      After the faceoff in the Sabres zone, Rob Ray did a great job. Woolley had the
      puck back of the net and sent it toward center ice where Ray tipped it to
      Geoff Sanderson streaking across the blue line. Sanderson blasted his 2nd goal
      of the night (and 4th of the season) past Potvin to give the Sabres a 3-0 lead
      at 1:40 of the period.

      For the next 4 minutes, it was all Toronto as they kept the pressure on Hasek.
      Bffalo took a penalty and Toronto went on yet another power play. Thomas had 2
      clear shots and Koralev 2 more, all missing the net. Buffalo again killed off
      the penalty.

      With a little more than 12 minutes left Buffalo had 3 great shots on Potvin
      that were turned away. Back came the Leafs and put huge pressure on Hasek in
      the Sabres zone that paid off with the Leafs first goal. At 8:22 Domi had the
      puck in back of the net and slid a nice pass to Sullivan who slipped it past
      Hasek, making the score 3-1.

      It didn't long for the Leafs to score again. The Sabres allowed the Leafs to
      control the puck. Buffalo was not taking the body as they had been in the
      first period and Toronto was forechecking furiously. Hasek made a save and
      when he was down on the ice, the Toronto shot by Mike Johnson was slammed into
      an empty net. The play was reviewed but the goal stood and it was 3-2. Seconds
      later Varada had the puck deep but didn't shoot.

      The 2 quick Toronto goals gave them new life as they began charging time and
      time again. Steve Thomas missed on a shot. Then with a faceoff in the Sabres
      zone, Sundin won the face off, sending it to Igor Koralev who blasted a bullet
      past Hasek with a shade over 8 minutes left in the period and the game was all
      even at 3 apiece.

      Toronto was hitting everything in sight as the forechecking Leafs had the
      Sabres running around in their own zone for the next minute and a half with
      Domi leading the way. Referee Walkom is letting a lot of stuff go.

      Buffalo regained the lead at 4-3 with some hard work of their own. Dixon Ward
      began the play inside the Leafs zone. He got possession behind the net and
      sent it to the point where Zhitnik rifled it to the right of Potvin with under
      3 minutes to go. The period ended - a period that belonged to Toronto until
      Buffalo got the go-ahead goal.
    • BilzD1@xxx.xxx
      LINDROS GETS BOOT, HASEK THE SHUTOUT (AP) Buffalo goaltender Dominik Hasek recorded his 37th career shutout and Philadelphia Flyers center Eric Lindros was
      Message 2 of 3 , Dec 5, 1998
        LINDROS GETS BOOT, HASEK THE SHUTOUT
        (AP) Buffalo goaltender Dominik Hasek recorded his 37th career shutout and
        Philadelphia Flyers center Eric Lindros was ejected from the game late in
        the first period as the Sabres won 3-0 before a sellout crowd in Marine
        Midland Arena last night. Hasek made 31 saves and Geoff Sanderson, Darryl
        Shannon and Brian Holzinger scored for the Sabres, who were outshot 31-15.
        Buffalo is now 7-0-1 in its last eight home games this season. The Flyers
        had won two in a row and six of their previous seven before Friday's loss.
        Lindros, tied with Pittsburgh's Jaromir Jagr as the top scorer in the league
        with 33 points, slashed Sabres defenseman Jay McKee and drew a game
        misconduct with 43 seconds left in the first period. It was the second game
        misconduct of Lindros' career and his first since an October 1992 game at
        St. Louis. The penalty left the Flyers shorthanded for five minutes, and the
        Sabres unloaded six shots on the power play and scored for a 3-0 lead two
        minutes into the second period. Holzinger's tip-in of Shannon's blast from
        the blue line broke a string of 24 straight Buffalo power plays killed by
        Philadelphia. Hasek, the only goaltender in the league to have appeared in
        all of his team's games this season, moved into a tie for 24th on NHL's
        all-time shutout list with Johnny Bower. Hasek has given up 13 goals in 10
        games at home this season.
      • BilzD1@xxx.xxx
        Buffalo 2 NJ 0
        Message 3 of 3 , Dec 26, 1998
          Buffalo 2
          NJ 0
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