It's amazing in how fast time flies. For former Sabres legend, Pat LaFontaine, it seems like yesterday that he scored the Game 7 winner against the Washington Capitals, while playing for the New York Islanders.
In fact, it was 20 years ago (April 18, 1987) that LaFontaine netted his goal, 8:42 into quadruple overtime to send the Islanders to the Patrick Division Finals.
"The puck came out to me, and I shot it," said LaFontaine to Buffalo Sabres Studio host Rob Ray. "I hoped that I hit the net and I hit the post and it went in. It was a special feeling."
The thing that LaFontaine remembers the most about that game isn't in fact his game-winner.
"At 2:00 a.m., just before that shift that I went out, the organist was playing music from the twilight zone," said LaFontaine. "I looked around and people were sleeping."
Fast-forward to today, and LaFontaine sees something else that is special. It's not a single game or play, but instead a single team, the Buffalo Sabres.
"When you think of where they were at the start of last season and what they’ve accomplished in that community, and the support, and the young players," said LaFontaine. The speed and the excitement.
"You know what? There's going to be something special happening in Buffalo this season. Last year I think they got their feet wet. This year they win the Presidents Trophy. They proved themselves. They have all the intangibles, all the ingredients. They have great goaltending, great defense. They have a team that can go very far in the playoffs."