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#1 PASabreFan

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Posted 12 June 2006 - 07:53 AM

Twenty four years after The Fog Game of 1975, it's the Fog Game of 1999 as the Dallas Stars lay down a misty blanket as thick as pea soup and about the same color. In Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals at Marine Midland Arena, the Stars hold the Sabres to 12 shots on goal, fewest in Buffalo franchise history, and get a pair of goals from Joe Nieuwendyk in a 2-1 win. "We were suffocated," says Lindy Ruff. Captain Mike Peca chooses a different metaphor. "It was like skating with a plastic bag over your head." On the game winner Nieuwendyk roofs the puck over Dominik Hasek top shelf where Hitchcock hides the Ho Hos. Joe also scores the game tying goal in the second period to erase a 1-0 Buffalo lead thanks to Stu Barnes' goal midway through the second. The Stars take a two games to one lead in the series.

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Posted 12 June 2006 - 09:09 AM

Twenty four years after The Fog Game of 1975, it's the Fog Game of 1999 as the Dallas Stars lay down a misty blanket as thick as pea soup and about the same color. In Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals at Marine Midland Arena, the Stars hold the Sabres to 12 shots on goal, fewest in Buffalo franchise history, and get a pair of goals from Joe Nieuwendyk in a 2-1 win. "We were suffocated," says Lindy Ruff. Captain Mike Peca chooses a different metaphor. "It was like skating with a plastic bag over your head." On the game winner Nieuwendyk roofs the puck over Dominik Hasek top shelf where Hitchcock hides the Ho Hos. Joe also scores the game tying goal in the second period to erase a 1-0 Buffalo lead thanks to Stu Barnes' goal midway through the second. The Stars take a two games to one lead in the series.

12 shots on goal? WOW! Why do you torture me PASabreFan with these great memories? B-)

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Posted 12 June 2006 - 09:25 AM

I can remember that day like it was yesterday. Hot sunny day in June and I'm going to the STANLEY CUP FINALS IN SHORTS!

Red Sea of Sabres fans... Stuie scoring first.....
The arena was absolutley apeshit.

Oh yeah, we lost. :(

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Posted 12 June 2006 - 09:37 AM

The inability to hold a lead in a pivotal playoff game. Where have we seen this before? Down through Sabre history, this tendency bites us in the ass over and over.

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Posted 12 June 2006 - 11:10 AM

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Blown leads in Sabres playoff history (partial list)

1979 -- In a deciding Game 3 at the Aud in that terrifying preliminary round the NHL used to stage back in the day, the Sabres lead 3-2 going into the third period but allow the Penguins to tie it to force overtime. Early in the overtime, the Pens win it. Hmmmm...

1980 -- The Sabres are trying to come back from three games down to force a Game 7 back at the Aud in the semifinals against the Islanders. On Long Island, the Sabres lead 2-0 early but give up five unanswered goals to lose the game and the series.

1983 -- In Game 7 at Boston Garden, a pair of early Ric Seiling goals has the Sabres up 2-0. The Bruins tie the game at 2 and win it in overtime on Brad Park's fluky goal.

1985 -- The Sabres lead a deciding Game 5 in Quebec 5-3 with nine minutes to go in the third period. The Nordiques score three in a row.

1997 -- The Sabres lead Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals 3-1 in the second period at Marine Midland against the Flyers. The Pylons score four in a row to take Game 1 and wrest home ice from the Sabres. They never look back.

1998 -- In the Eastern Conference finals at Washington, the Sabres "go for it" in Game 2, trying to take a commanding two games to nothing lead but let a one-goal lead slip away on Peter Bondra's controversial tally late in the second period. Caps win in overtime. At least we can blame the refs for this one.

1999 -- In the Cup finals, with another chance to "go for it" after winning Game 1 on the road, the Sabres lead the Stars 1-0 midway through the second period. Dallas wins 4-2 to tie the series. In Game 3 (see above)...

2001 -- The Sabres lead Game 6 in Pittsburgh late and can advance to the conference finals. Lemieux. The Sabres lead Game 7 in the third period and can advance to the conference finals. Some dude I forget. Then Kasparaitis.

2006 -- No reminders needed.

Don't say you weren't warned.

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Posted 12 June 2006 - 03:19 PM

Although I was at the Aud in '79 when the navy & sky blue clad Pens ousted us the "preliminary" round became the "terrifying preliminary" round a few years earlier thenks to Eddie Stanowski of the St. Louis Blues!

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Posted 12 June 2006 - 04:03 PM

WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! Do not read the following if you take anti-depressants. Do not operate a motor vehicle until you know how reading the following might affect you. If pregnant, almost pregnant, or if you plan on becoming pregnant, log off immediately. If you drink heavily, read the following, but have large amounts of alcohol handy. Side effects of reading the following include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, stomach pain and hallucinations. Talk to your team doctor before reading the following.

Blown leads in Sabres playoff history (partial list)

1979 -- In a deciding Game 3 at the Aud in that terrifying preliminary round the NHL used to stage back in the day, the Sabres lead 3-2 going into the third period but allow the Penguins to tie it to force overtime. Early in the overtime, the Pens win it. Hmmmm...

1980 -- The Sabres are trying to come back from three games down to force a Game 7 back at the Aud in the semifinals against the Islanders. On Long Island, the Sabres lead 2-0 early but give up five unanswered goals to lose the game and the series.

1983 -- In Game 7 at Boston Garden, a pair of early Ric Seiling goals has the Sabres up 2-0. The Bruins tie the game at 2 and win it in overtime on Brad Park's fluky goal.

1985 -- The Sabres lead a deciding Game 5 in Quebec 5-3 with nine minutes to go in the third period. The Nordiques score three in a row.

1997 -- The Sabres lead Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals 3-1 in the second period at Marine Midland against the Flyers. The Pylons score four in a row to take Game 1 and wrest home ice from the Sabres. They never look back.

1998 -- In the Eastern Conference finals at Washington, the Sabres "go for it" in Game 2, trying to take a commanding two games to nothing lead but let a one-goal lead slip away on Peter Bondra's controversial tally late in the second period. Caps win in overtime. At least we can blame the refs for this one.

1999 -- In the Cup finals, with another chance to "go for it" after winning Game 1 on the road, the Sabres lead the Stars 1-0 midway through the second period. Dallas wins 4-2 to tie the series. In Game 3 (see above)...

2001 -- The Sabres lead Game 6 in Pittsburgh late and can advance to the conference finals. Lemieux. The Sabres lead Game 7 in the third period and can advance to the conference finals. Some dude I forget. Then Kasparaitis.

2006 -- No reminders needed.

Don't say you weren't warned.


I'm sure every team has had their share of these situations....

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Posted 12 June 2006 - 09:30 PM

Twenty four years after The Fog Game of 1975, it's the Fog Game of 1999 as the Dallas Stars lay down a misty blanket as thick as pea soup and about the same color. In Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals at Marine Midland Arena, the Stars hold the Sabres to 12 shots on goal, fewest in Buffalo franchise history, and get a pair of goals from Joe Nieuwendyk in a 2-1 win. "We were suffocated," says Lindy Ruff. Captain Mike Peca chooses a different metaphor. "It was like skating with a plastic bag over your head." On the game winner Nieuwendyk roofs the puck over Dominik Hasek top shelf where Hitchcock hides the Ho Hos. Joe also scores the game tying goal in the second period to erase a 1-0 Buffalo lead thanks to Stu Barnes' goal midway through the second. The Stars take a two games to one lead in the series.

Gosh, that Stu Barnes was one of my favs.