Top-seeded ’79-’80 Sabres Breeze Through Qualifying Tourney, Again; Sweep 2nd-seeded ’74-’75 Sabres to Clinch 3rd UNP Berth

The '79-'80 season was the Buffalo Sabres' 10th anniversary season. (via sportslogos.net)

The ’79-’80 season was the Buffalo Sabres’ 10th anniversary season. (via sportslogos.net)

Here is the 2016 Buffalo Sabres Qualifying Tournament in its entirety.

The two-time reigning representatives, the top-seeded ’79-’80 Buffalo Sabres will rep the franchise for the third time in the Third Annual Ultimate NHL Playoff and they did it without dropping a single game in this qualifying tournament. They started out the Final with a 6-1 win over the 2nd-seeded ’74-’75 Buffalo Sabres. Gilbert Perreault led the attack, like he usually does, for the ’79-’80 Sabres with two goals and two assists. Then, in Game 2, goaltender Gary Bromley did his best to keep the ’74-’75 Sabres in the game as he allowed just three goals no 44 shots, but they fell 3-1. Defenseman Richie Dunn, with two assists, was the only member of the ’79-’80 Sabres to post a multi-point game. Game 3 was Danny Gare‘s turn to shine as he posted a goal and three assists for the ’79-’80 Sabres as they won 5-3. Perreault did pitch in with a couple of goals in the win. The ’79-’80 Sabres completed the sweep with a 3-1 comeback win in Game 4 thanks to a 30-save shutout performance from Don Edwards as Gare leads the way offensively with a goal and an assist. And with that, the two-time UNP Quarterfinalists and one-time Semifinalists are back.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’74-’75  Sabres 1 0 0 1
’79-’80  Sabres 1 1 4 6

GAME SUMMARY:  ’79-’80 BUF – 6   ’74-’75 BUF – 1   (1-0   ’79-’80 BUF)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Gilbert Perreault (’79-’80 BUF) – 2 G   2 A   4 P   +3   6 S

2nd Star: RW – Danny Gare (’79-’80 BUF) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   8 S   2 PIM

3rd Star: LW – Rick Martin (’79-’80 BUF) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   5 S

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’74-’75  Sabres 1 0 0 1
’79-’80  Sabres 2 1 0 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ’79-’80 BUF – 3   ’74-’75 BUF – 1   (2-0   ’79-’80 BUF)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: D – Richie Dunn (’79-’80 BUF) – 0 G   2 A   2 P   +2   2 S

2nd Star: G – Gary Bromley (’74-’75 BUF) – L   3.00 GAA   .932 SV% (41 SV’s)

3rd Star: G – Don Edwards (’79-’80 BUF) – W   1.00 GAA   .960 SV% (24 SV’s)

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’79-’80  Sabres 2 2 1 5
’74-’75  Sabres 2 1 0 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ’79-’80 BUF – 5   ’74-’75 BUF – 3   (3-0   ’79-’80 BUF)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Danny Gare (’79-’80 BUF) – 1 G   3 A   4 P   +1   6 S

2nd Star: C – Gilbert Perreault (’79-’80 BUF) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +1   7 S

3rd Star: LW – Rick Martin (’79-’80 BUF) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +3   3 S

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’79-’80  Sabres 0 2 1 3
’74-’75  Sabres 1 0 0 1

GAME SUMMARY:  ’79-’80 BUF – 3   ’74-’75 BUF – 1   (4-0   ’79-’80 BUF)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Don Edwards (’79-’80 BUF) – W   1.00 GAA   .968 SV% (30 SV’s)

2nd Star: RW – Danny Gare (’79-’80 BUF) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   5 S

3rd Star: C – Gilbert Perreault (’79-’80 BUF) – 1 G   0 A   1 P   +1   2 S

Up next is the 2016 Vancouver Canucks Qualifying Tournament!

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