When the playoffs roll around in the National Hockey League, they create enduring memories that will last forever. From game-winning goals, enormous hits and spectacular saves, all of these moments can last a lifetime.
Teams that have been around longer than the Buffalo Sabres can make a claim that they have more occasions to cherish simply because they have been around longer. I beg to differ.
So many legendary moments have been produced in the Sabres’ history. I could on and on: the legendary “fog game” in 1975, “May Day”, Dave Hannan scoring in quadruple overtime, Derek Plante eliminating Ottawa in seven games, a magical run to the ’99 Stanley Cup Finals… you get the idea.
Wait. There’s more.
Routing Philadelphia 8-0 in 2001, R.J. Umberger getting destroyed by Brian Campbell, overtime goals by Jason Pominville and Max Afinogenov, and one of the most clutch goals in NHL history: Chris Drury tying up Game 5 against the New York Rangers in 2007.
Other team supporters can have more memories than Sabres fans. But I don’t believe they treasure those recollections more than Sabres fans do.
The Stanley Cup Playoffs are here. Time to create new memories.