7th-seeded ’75-’76 Sabres Upset 2nd-seeded ’98-’99 Sabres Behind Balanced Offensive Attack

(via sabres.nhl.com)

The ’75-’76 Sabres pulled off what could be considered an upset by defeating the ’98-’99 Sabres in six games to advance to the Semifinal Round. (via sabres.nhl.com)

The 2nd-seeded ’98-’99 Sabres won the opening game of the series by a score of 4-3 with Miroslav Satan‘s third goal of the game being the game-winner with six plus minutes left in regulation. Danny Gare scored all three of the 7th-seeded ’75-’76 Sabres’ goals in Game 1. The ’75-’76 Sabres then took the next three games to open a 3-1 series lead. They won Game 2, 4-2, with goalie Gerry Desjardins stopping 29 of 30 shots against. The defensive pairing of Jocelyn Guevremont and Jerry Korab totaled a goal and five assists for six points in the Game 2 win. Then, they won Game 3 by a score of 5-1 behind a two-goal effort from Gilbert Perreault. It was another member of “The French Connection Line,” that led the way in Game 4 as Rick Martin potted two goals and added an assist in a 6-2 win. Then, in Game 5, Martin scored early in the third to give the ’75-’76 Sabres a 3-2 lead, but Satan tied the game seven plus minutes later, which forced overtime. Michal Grosek played the role of unlikely hero in overtime as he scored the game-winner for the ’98-’99 Sabres who avoided elimination with the win. However, the ’75-’76 Sabres would end the series in Game 6 with a 4-2 win thanks to four different goal scorers.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’75-’76  Sabres 0 2 1 3
’98-’99  Sabres 0 3 1 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ’98-’99 BUF – 4   ’75-’76 BUF – 3   (1-0   ’98-’99 BUF)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Miroslav Satan (’98-’99 BUF) – 3 G   0 A   3 P   +3   7 S

2nd Star: RW – Danny Gare (’75-’76 BUF) – 3 G   0 A   3 P   -1   15 S

3rd Star: G – Dominik Hasek (’98-’99 BUF) – W   3.00 GAA   .940 SV% (47 SV’s)

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’75-’76  Sabres 1 1 2 4
’98-’99  Sabres 1 0 0 1

GAME SUMMARY:  ’75-’76 BUF – 4   ’98-’99 BUF – 1   (1-1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: D – Jocelyn Guevremont (’75-’76 BUF) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +3   4 S

2nd Star: D – Jerry Korab (’75-’76 BUF) – 0 G   3 A   3 P   +3   2 S

3rd Star: C – Don Luce (’75-’76 BUF) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   6 S

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’98-’99  Sabres 0 1 0 1
’75-’76  Sabres 5 0 0 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ’75-’76 BUF – 5   ’98-’99 BUF – 1   (2-1   ’75-’76 BUF)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Gilbert Perreault (’75-’76 BUF) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +2   3 S

2nd Star: LW – Rick Martin (’75-’76 BUF) – 0 G   2 A   2 P   +2   5 S

3rd Star: RW – Danny Gare (’75-’76 BUF) – 0 G   2 A   2 P   +2   5 S

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’98-’99  Sabres 1 0 1 2
’75-’76  Sabres 4 1 1 6

GAME SUMMARY:  ’75-’76 BUF – 6   ’98-’99 BUF – 2   (3-1   ’75-’76 BUF)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Rick Martin (’75-’76 BUF) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +3   8 S

2nd Star: RW – Rene Robert (’75-’76 BUF) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +2   7 S

3rd Star: C – Gilbert Perreault (’75-’76 BUF) – 0 G   4 A   4 P   +2   4 S

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’75-’76  Sabres 1 1 1 0 3
’98-’99  Sabres 2 0 1 1 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ’98-’99 BUF – 4   ’75-’76 BUF – 3   (OT)   (3-2   ’75-’76 BUF)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: D – Alexei Zhitnik (’98-’99 BUF) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +1   4 S

2nd Star: LW – Michal Grosek (’98-’99 BUF) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   Even   2 S

3rd Star: LW – Rick Martin (’75-’76 BUF) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   Even   10 S   2 PIM

GAME 6:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’98-’99  Sabres 1 1 0 2
’75-’76  Sabres 2 1 1 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ’75-’76 BUF – 4   ’98-’99 BUF – 2   (4-2   ’75-’76 BUF)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Danny Gare (’75-’76 BUF) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   6 S

2nd Star: C – Don Luce (’75-’76 BUF) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   5 S

3rd Star: D – Bill Hajt (’75-’76 BUF) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   4 S

Up next is the 3-6 matchup between the ’79-’80 Sabres and the ’97-’98 Sabres!

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