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CLASSIC CLIP OF THE WEEK: RAZOR'S GAME WINNING GOAL

Thursday, 05.21.2009 / 2:57 PM / Features
By Erin Pollina  - Sabres.com
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CLASSIC CLIP OF THE WEEK: RAZOR\'S GAME WINNING GOAL
Rob Ray (Photo: Getty Images)
The fact that Rob Ray finished his 15-year NHL career with 3,207 penalty minutes probably doesn’t shock most Buffalo fans.

A statistic showing that the enforcer has only registered three goals in the post-season likely won’t be filed under the unexpected either (After all, he retired with 41 career goals after playing 900 games).

What may come as a surprise, however, is that two of the three playoff scores that Ray is credited with were actually game-winning tallies.

The first time the winger accomplished the feat was in the 1991 campaign, Ray’s first post-season appearance, against the Montreal Canadiens.

The second time came against an old foe in the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“I single-handedly beat them,” Ray joked.

During the Sabres’ famed Cup run in the 1999 playoffs they faced the Leafs in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Sabres split the first two games of the series in Toronto before heading home to HSBC Arena.
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“Back then the rivalry was different,” Ray said. “When I first started playing, you would only play them once a year, maybe twice. When they were moved to our division it created a totally different atmosphere.”

From 1993 until 1998 the Maple Leafs were in the Western Conference, playing in the Central Division. But with the NHL expanding, Toronto was placed back in the Eastern Conference and the Northeast Division with the Sabres – reheating the contention that existed between the neighboring cities.

When the Sabres took a 2-1 series lead after winning their first game in Buffalo, the sentiment hardly improved.

“It was the high-powered Leafs, versus us who weren’t getting any attention,” Ray said.

In Game 4, the Sabres took a commanding 3-1 lead against Toronto – with the help of ‘Razor.’

“Stu Barnes was on the wall… he just saucered it across to the front of the crease. I had my back to the net and all I was trying to do was stop the puck so I could maybe turn and fire it on net,” Ray said. “When I went to slap it down, it hit the back of my stick and hit so hard that it went between my legs and went between his legs and went in.”

The goal gave Buffalo a 3-0 lead in the second period. Hanging on to defeat the Leafs 5-2, Ray was credited with the game-winning goal.

“Everyone talked about the atmosphere of the Stanley Cup Finals. That was nothing compared to the series against Toronto,” Ray said. “It was the atmosphere outside the rink and in the building. Even now when you see Toronto play here it’s a totally different crowd. When you’re dealing with that in a playoff situation, it’s amplified by 10. At that point, because of the playoffs, it wasn’t a 50/50 split with Buffalo and Toronto fans. It was mostly Buffalo fans and people were going nuts… it was an atmosphere you can never duplicate.”



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  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