Sidney Crosby and ’12-’13 Penguins Upset, Swept by ’79-’80 Sabres

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Buffalo’s Danny Gare notched a series high eight points in sweep.       via thirdstringgoalie.blogspot.com

Here we have another playoff choking situation for the Dan Bylsma-led ’12-’13 Pittsburgh Penguins. The ’79-’80 Buffalo Sabres lit up the Pens on their way through to the 3rd Round. The Penguins could not stop the Sabres offense and could not keep up with it. The Penguins had nine different goal scorers, but only two players scored more than one goal, James Neal and Brandon Sutter. Neal, along with Kris Letang, led the Penguins in points with three. Sidney Crosby only registered two assists and Evgeni Malkin only registered one assist. Marc-Andre Fleury was brutal in net in this series. He posted a 4.25 goals against average and a .879 save percentage.

Danny Gare exploded in this series after having a relatively quiet 1st Round. He posted three goals and five assists for eight points in the four games. Defenseman John Van Boxmeer continued his stellar tournament by adding to his already double digit point total with one goal and five assists for six points in this series. Gilbert Perreault, also, posted very good numbers in this four game series with three goals and three assists for six points. Don Edwards for the Sabres was good, but not great. He did not face many shots at times and he finished with a 2.50 goals against average and a .882 save percentage.

Here are this series’ links:

Three Stars of the Series:

  1. BUF – RW – Danny Gare – 3 G   5 A   8 P   +7   26 S   6 Star Points
  2. BUF – C – Gilbert Perreault – 3 G   3 A   6 P   +7   26 S   4 Star Points
  3. BUF – RW – Ric Seiling – 1 G   4 A   5 P   +5   12 S   3 Star Points

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#23 ‘79-’80 Sabres 2 4 1 7
#10 ‘12-’13 Penguins 0 3 1 4

GAME SUMMARY: BUF – 7   PIT – 4   (1-0 BUF)

1st Period:

  • BUF Goal: D. Gare (4) assisted by G. Perreault (3), J. Schoenfeld (5)
  • BUF Goal: R. Martin (2) assisted by J. Schoenfeld (6)

2nd Period:

  • BUF Goal: R. Seiling (4) assisted by C. Ramsay (3), B. Hajt (1)
  • PIT Goal: K. Letang (1) assisted by E. Malkin (1)
  • PIT Goal: B. Morrow (1)
  • BUF PP-Goal: R. Martin (3) assisted by D. Gare (3), J. Van Boxmeer (8)
  • PIT Goal: J. Jokinen (1) assisted by B. Orpik (1), J. Neal (1)
  • BUF Goal: R. Martin (4) assisted by J. Van Boxmeer (9), D. Gare (4)
  • BUF Goal: G. Perreault (5) assisted by D. Gare (5)

3rd Period:

  • PIT PP-Goal: M. Cooke (1) assisted by P. Martin (1)
  • BUF Goal: D. Smith (3) assisted by R. Seiling (7)

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#23 ‘79-’80 Sabres 2 1 1 4
#10 ‘12-’13 Penguins 0 2 0 2

GAME SUMMARY: BUF – 4   PIT – 2   (2-0 BUF)

1st Period:

  • BUF Goal: G. Perreault (6) assisted by D. Gare (6), R. Martin (2)
  • BUF Goal: T. McKegney (2) assisted by J. Van Boxmeer (10)

2nd Period:

  • PIT Goal: B. Sutter (1) assisted by K. Letang (1), B. Bennett (1)
  • PIT Goal: J. Iginla (1) assisted by M. Niskanen (1), S. Crosby (1)
  • BUF Goal: T. McKegney (3) assisted by R. Dunn (7)

3rd Period:

  • BUF Goal: D. Smith (4) assisted by B. Hajt (2), R. Seiling (8)

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#10 ‘12-’13 Penguins 0 0 1 1
#23 ‘79-’80 Sabres 1 1 1 3

GAME SUMMARY: BUF – 3   PIT – 1   (3-0 BUF)

1st Period:

  • BUF Goal: T. McKegney (4) assisted by L. Playfair (2), J. Schoenfeld (7)

2nd Period:

  • BUF Goal: D. Smith (5) assisted by R. Seiling (9), C. Ramsay (4)

3rd Period:

  • PIT Goal: B. Sutter (2) assisted by P. Dupuis (1)
  • BUF Goal: J. Van Boxmeer (4) assisted by R. Seiling (10)

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#10 ‘12-’13 Penguins 2 1 0 3
#23 ‘79-’80 Sabres 1 2 2 5

GAME SUMMARY: BUF – 5   PIT – 3   (4-0 BUF)

1st Period:

  • PIT Goal: P. Dupuis (1) assisted by K. Letang (2), B. Bennett (2)
  • BUF Goal: D. Gare (5) assisted by B. Hajt (3), J. Van Boxmeer (11)
  • PIT PP-Goal: J. Neal (1) assisted by M. Cooke (1)

2nd Period:

  • PIT PP-Goal: J. Neal (2) assisted by S. Crosby (2), S. Depres (1)
  • BUF Goal: G. Perreault (7) assisted by R. Martin (3), D. Gare (7)
  • BUF Goal: D. Gare (6) assisted by G. Perreault (4), L. Playfair (3)

3rd Period:

  • BUF Goal: R. Dunn (2) assisted by J. Van Boxmeer (12)
  • BUF Goal: R. Martin (5) assisted by G. Perreault (5), B. Hajt (4)

So, with this upset, the 23rd-seeded ’79-’80 Buffalo Sabres move on to the 3rd Round to face the winner of the 2nd Round matchup between the 7th-seeded ’25-’26 Ottawa Senators and the 39th-seeded ’78-’79 Atlanta Flames.

Up next in the 2nd Round is the matchup between the reigning Stanley Cup champions, the 14th-seeded ’13-’14 Los Angeles Kings, and the 19th-seeded ’88-’89 Calgary Flames.

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