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CLASSIC CLIP: THANK YOU SABRES

Tuesday, 07.27.2010 / 8:40 AM / News
By Erin Pollina  - Sabres.com
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CLASSIC CLIP: THANK YOU SABRES

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Fans at Memorial Auditorium (Buffalo Sabres)
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It’s not often that a loss is met with cheers.

But for the fans at Memorial Auditorium in the spring of 1973, there was no disappointment in coming out on the unfavorable side of battle.

The fact that the Buffalo Sabres were in the race, it seemed, was all that mattered to the home crowd.

That’s because after only three years in the NHL, the Sabres had forged an identity and were experiencing the first winning season in franchise history during the 1972-73 campaign.

The team had done an about-face and by the end of the end of the season had produced 37 wins – and claimed fourth place in the East Division.

Their newfound success would result in a Lady Byng trophy for center Gilbert Perreault and a Coach of the Year award for manager Joe Crozier.

It also meant the Sabres first playoff appearance in franchise history.

Facing the storied Montreal Canadiens in the first round, however, was no easy task.

Buffalo held their ground in the first game against the Habs, but fell by a 2-1 score at The Forum. The Sabres would continue to struggle on the road and dropped the next contest 7-3 before falling to a 3-0 series deficit with a 5-2 loss at The Aud.

Facing elimination, the Sabres were revived. The following game Buffalo captured a 5-2 win at home to stave off the end of their playoff run. In Game 5 the Sabres cut the Canadiens' series lead to one game after bagging a thrilling 3-2 overtime win in Montreal.

Game Six was to be played in Buffalo and Sabres fans were hoping for an upset to send the series back to Quebec.

It was not to be, however, as Montreal claimed a 4-2 win and subsequently advanced to the next round of the postseason.

While they wouldn’t come out on top, Buffalo gave the Habs a run for their money and the fans were grateful for the chance to get a glimpse at the Stanley Cup playoffs.

It was a bittersweet moment as they expressed their gratitude at Memorial Auditorium. Following Buffalo’s elimination, the fans were in uproar with applause for their team, and began to chant ‘Thank You Sabres’ as the team left the ice.


SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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