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Season on the brink in Game Six against New Jersey

Playoff Game 6

Buffalo Sabres (2-3) vs. New Jersey Devils (3-2)

Puck Drop: 8:00 PM EST | The Aud | Buffalo, NY

TV: MSG

Radio: WGR 550

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New Jersey Devils

Record: (3-2)

What to Watch

1. Win or go home

This is it! There’s no going back - if Buffalo can’t win, they’ll spend the summer on the golf course. It’s a tough swing, coming off of a 5-3 loss in New Jersey, but the team has left itself no choice. It was an uncharacteristic loss for this Sabres squad, but they are nothing if not resilient, and if they can stay out of the box and keep the shots on Hasek down, they have a solid chance of evening up the series.

2. Duel for the ages

Both Martin Brodeur and Dominik Hasek have had great seasons for their teams, and it’s been a spectacular rookie season for Broduer. In his first year playing as a starter, he has demonstrated an uncanny ability to keep the puck out of the net. Maybe it’s too early in his career to peg him as a hall of famer, but he’ll be enshrined by the end of the decade. Hasek has been dominant himself, and he’ll need to be fantastic again tonight in order to pull out a win. The Sabres are regularly outshot, and Dominik is up to the task. How many more saves can he have in him? 50? 60?

3. Discipline

It’s not easy to score on this Devils team, and it’s even more difficult to do so when playing down a man. The team needs to stay out of the box if they are going to pull off this victory. They finished the regular season in the middle of the pack in penalty minutes and penalties taken, and rounded out the top-10 in penalties drawn. They’ll need to keep that balance in this game if they intend to extend their season. Getting some goals on the power play could also be beneficial.

Projected Lineups

Buffalo Sabres

Donald Audette
Matthew Barnaby
Doug Bodger
Philippe Boucher
Jason Dawe
Dave Hannan
Dale Hawerchuk
Yuri Khmylev
Brad May
Alexander Mogilny
Randy Moller
Craig Muni
Derek Plante
Wayne Presley
Rob Ray
Richard Smehlik
Ken Sutton
Randy Wood

Starting Goaltender: Dominik Hasek

New Jersey Devils

Tommy Albelin
Bob Carpenter
Tom Chorske
Ken Daneyko
Jim Dowd
Bruce Driver
Viacheslav Fetisov
Bill Guerin
Bobby Holik
Claude Lemieux
John MacLean
Randy McKay
Scott Niedermayer
Mike Peluso
Stephane Richer
Alexander Semak
Scott Stevens
Valeri Zelepukin

Starting goalie: Martin Brodeur

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VALERI ZELEPUKIN

Sabres look to survive series on home ice

1994 Eastern Conference Quarter-Final Game 6

Buffalo Sabres (2-3) vs. New Jersey Devils(3-2)

Puck Drop: 8:00 PM EST | The Aud | Buffalo, NY

TV: MSG

Radio: WGR 550

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Sabres made it to the playoffs?

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Thanks to a 70-save performance from Hasek, and a late tally from Hannan, the Sabres were able to force Game Seven

Score: Buffalo 1, New Jersey 0 (4OT)

Shots: BUF-50 | NJD - 70

Buffalo Goal Scorers: Dave Hannan (1)

New Jersey Goal Scorers: None

Plus-1: The Dominator!

As long as Dominik Hasek is on the ice, the Buffalo Sabres always have a chance at a win. Against all odds, the 29-year-old stopped all 70 shots he faced (a Sabres franchise record) throughout the contest, while helping the penalty-kill unit thwart all seven of the Devils’ man-advantage opportunities on the evening.

While Hasek wasn’t challenged too frequently with premium scoring opportunities, he managed a few highlight-reel stops to keep the game scoreless, particularly late in the third period.

Vintage Dominator. #Sabres50 pic.twitter.com/yCVSK1zeY9

— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) March 24, 2020

On nights like these, it doesn’t matter that Buffalo was the second-best team on the ice. At the end of the day, they didn’t have the second-best goaltender, and for that reason, the team will head back to New Jersey for a series-deciding game-seven matchup.

Plus-2: Matching Physicality

Boy did the Devils ever do their best to keep the Sabres on the perimeter in this one. From the opening puck-drop, New Jersey made sure to keep any and all scoring threats on the outside, mitigating the amount of danger Martin Brodeur was forced to combat. Their ability to keep the ever-dangerous Alexander Mogilny at bay was noteworthy. The 25-year-old phenom only managed to register three shots in seven periods of action.

The way in which the Devils played defense as a team was the stuff of legends. In a game where interference calls were apparently not part of the officiating crew’s rule book, their heavy, physical defensive approach was nickname-worthy.

Perhaps they should call it “The Wrap” or “The Clasp”... Or something like that, anyway.

Minus-1: The Power-Play Unit

If the Sabres plan to advance and take on the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals, they’ll need to get their man-advantage unit figured out in Game Seven. There was simply no excuse for going 0-for-9 on the night, and most of the time, you just won’t win games that way.

It’s tough to be too upset given the result, but still, it’s an area in need of improvement. It’s crazy to think this same unit finished second in the NHL in terms of efficiency during the regular season.

At the end of the day, the conclusion of this series will come down to whichever team is less exhausted after playing what was essentially two hockey games in one night.

Final Thoughts

Knowing the ending kind of took away from the excitement that surrounded this game at the time. Heartburn medication sales across Western New York had to sky rocket the following day. Obviously, a rerun would never capture the anticipation and tension as a fan viewing such a legendary contest in real time.

Overcoming not only two overturned goals during regulation, but also a goal-line trickler from Dale Hawerchuk that just failed to cross the line in second-overtime, was just incredible. A true display of the tenacity, and never-say-die attitude that epitomized Sabres hockey in the 1990’s.

Still, re-living one of the best goaltending duels in NHL history was certainly fun. Join us tomorrow night as we cover the final game at “The Aud” between the Sabres and the Hartford Whalers, a game that took place on April 14, 1996.

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i was at that game

by the fifth period all that was left at concessions was diet dr pepper and skittles. we were hungry and here comes my buddy with a carrying box full of skittles a diet dr pepper. we yelled at him at first until he told us thats all they had

too bad we didnt have any cough syrup

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i still remember the goal. here comes hannan skating in on the wing with the puck ahead of most of the pack. didnt look like anything special. takes a shot and just like that us bleary eyed fans jumped 1mm off the ground and celebrated


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1 hour ago, Meathead said:

i was at that game

by the fifth period all that was left at concessions was diet dr pepper and skittles. we were hungry and here comes my buddy with a carrying box full of skittles a diet dr pepper. we yelled at him at first until he told us thats all they had

too bad we didnt have any cough syrup

Although Topas' post might be my favorite on here of the day(if not longer), I felt compelled to reply to yours with a simple BYOCS.   ;)  Though I never was much into bringing my own supplies by the time I stopped attending most things, I suppose your post reminded me there is some practicality to it.  The closest I ever came to attending such an epic struggle was the 6 overtime college hoops(back in the Big East days) matchup between Syracuse and UConn....which I wasn't even aware was on TV due to something I was going through, and only saw because I decided to treat a friend to a steak dinner for helping me out a bit.  Sometimes acts of decency actually do see a reward, and I feel blessed to have "coincidentally" gotten to see that epic struggle by doing what I thought was right.  It wasn't even a place that had many TVs, nor even in the same time zone as that league, but sometimes life/the universe/G*d tosses us something like that to remind us or maybe teach us something. 

Anyhow, I have read it is good to stay in a state of gratitude(of relatively late, it is even linked to a specific vibrational frequency by one fellow who had many folks who agreed with the concept at least, not that I necessarily endorse the specific frequencies he assigned to states...so either way I do think their is something to the ancient teachings of multiple cultures about gratitude....and I want to take a moment to express mine toward you for reminding me....as well as for many other things I don't think need to be listed.  I guess the Yidddish(cough cough...in today's society your BYOCS joke actually might be a useful admonishment for navigation) word "mensch" would be a fitting enough summary to call you at the moment, Meat(I give credit to groups when it seems deserved even if I seem to shortchange them, and some of their words have seemed useful).  Sometimes you might do it without even realizing it, as seems to be the case with some legendary songs(EG if you believe Robert Plant's story of automatic writing being responsible for the lyrical portion of Stairway to Heaven, when he heard Page's music) where the author isn't even fully aware of the magic their subconscious helped weave in.

(on a note related to Plant, I had one similar experience, so I know it's possible....and even got an added bonus of seeing how my mind automatically self-censored thoughts before they reached the conscious...which I found....not even sure how to summarize it.  I dont recall the end product seeming special, but being shown THE PROCESS(tm) (or at least a portion) was extremely so to me....I don't believe I mentioned this in all these years(some might not guess the amount and type of things I keep to myself...due to my seemingly stream of consious mindset), but it seemed right for the moment.  It gave me the idea a movie, or maybe a book that with allegory personified a potential conscious thought fighting through many deadly obstacles to try to survive  might be something potentially EPIC, and a worthwhile illustration some might appreciate.  Of course many of my ideas are cut down by the same inner censor, something that might be viewed as far more insidious than censorship after a thought is conscious, especially when the self censor is partly programmed purposefully by those who have the means to do so on a mass scale.  I often wonder how many of my ideas have already been done, which is one of the early traps in my experience).   Meat!!! :beer:


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The Sabres still lost the series and yet if you go by this game you would think the Sabres choked away a SCF appearance and not the Devils.

Looking back, the Devils were loaded and it was a miracle the Sabres were even in the series. But that is the NHL.

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