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A brief history: Buffalo Sabres

Thursday, 08.05.2010 / 3:00 AM / 30 in 30

By Michael Stainkamp - NHL.com Staff Writer

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A brief history: Buffalo Sabres
A brief look at the history of the Buffalo Sabres.
The Buffalo Sabres joined the NHL in 1970, along with the Vancouver Canucks, as part of NHL expansion. The team name was chosen because owner Seymour Knox felt that a sabre was a weapon carried by a leader, also noting it is swift and strong on offense as well as defense.

After a few years of existence the Sabres were able to accumulate several good players through the draft and through trades, but were still striving to reach the playoff plateau. In their first playoff appearance, they made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Final. That 1975 series included the "Fog Game" which was played in a heavy fog due to a combination of a heat wave and the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium not having air conditioning. The Sabres won that game but lost the series and the Cup to the Philadelphia Flyers in six.   

The team's success after that was limited until 1996-97 when the Sabres won the Northeast Division, their first division title in 16 years. With the emergence of Dominik Hasek in goal and Lindy Ruff taking over behind the bench, the team went back to the Stanley Cup Final in 1999, falling to the Dallas Stars in a six-game series that ended with a triple-overtime thriller. More recently, the Sabres went to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2006 and 2007 and won the Northeast Division last season.

Throughout the years, the Sabres have gone through a few logo and jersey changes. They currently sport blue and yellow team colors, a nod to their original color scheme. They have worn also black and red.





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For our team, as a group, we've never been this far before, and so it's just more lessons learned, and sometimes you have to go to the school of hard knocks to find out what works and what doesn't. We've got a young group. They've played some unreal hockey here to get us this far, and we showed if we're not going to play the proper way, a really, really good hockey team is going to beat you, and that's what they did. It's a lesson learned.

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