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LaFontaine Chimes In On Playoffs

Thursday, 04.19.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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LaFontaine Chimes In On Playoffs

April 19, 2007

It's amazing in how fast time flies. For former Sabres legend, Pat LaFontaine, it seems like yesterday that he scored the Game 7 winner against the Washington Capitals, while playing for the New York Islanders.

In fact, it was 20 years ago (April 18, 1987) that LaFontaine netted his goal, 8:42 into quadruple overtime to send the Islanders to the Patrick Division Finals.

"The puck came out to me, and I shot it," said LaFontaine to Buffalo Sabres Studio host Rob Ray. "I hoped that I hit the net and I hit the post and it went in. It was a special feeling."

The thing that LaFontaine remembers the most about that game isn't in fact his game-winner.

"At 2:00 a.m., just before that shift that I went out, the organist was playing music from the twilight zone," said LaFontaine. "I looked around and people were sleeping."

Fast-forward to today, and LaFontaine sees something else that is special. It's not a single game or play, but instead a single team, the Buffalo Sabres.

"When you think of where they were at the start of last season and what they’ve accomplished in that community, and the support, and the young players," said LaFontaine. The speed and the excitement.

"You know what? There's going to be something special happening in Buffalo this season. Last year I think they got their feet wet. This year they win the Presidents Trophy. They proved themselves. They have all the intangibles, all the ingredients. They have great goaltending, great defense. They have a team that can go very far in the playoffs."

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82