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Buffalo Sabres Tickets: Upstate Hockey at its Finest
The Sabres came into the league in 1970, along with the Vancouver Canucks, as part of a two team expansion by the NHL. With a rabid following of the Buffalo Bisons of the AHL, the city and the surrounding area was already a hotbed of hockey, and the Sabres had no problem drawing fans in the early years.
In just their third year, the Sabres made the playoffs in large part to the "French Connection!" This was the name given to the high scoring forward line made up of Gilbert Perrault, Rick Martin, and Rene' Robert as a tribute to their French Canadian roots. With this high powered offense, the Sabres would make it to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in 1975 after finishing the season in a tie for the best record. They would lose, however, to the Flyers in six games.
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No Peace for the Crease!
Entering the 1999 season, the Sabres had not been to the finals since 1975. They finished the season in fourth place, with 91 points in the Northeast Division, but would get on a hot streak as the playoffs began. As the lower seed in every round, the Buffalo Sabres would beat the Senators, Bruins, and Toronto to reach the finals, where they would face the Dallas Stars.
Led by The Dominator, goalie Dominik Hasek, and forwards Miroslav Satan, Michael Peca, and Stu Barnes, the Sabres would find themselves down three games to two on home ice and headed to overtime. In the third OT, Brett Hull scored the cup winner for the Stars, but not without controversy! Replays showed that Hull's skate was in the crease at the time of the goal, which was illegal according to rules at the time. The goal stood and the Stars took the cup, something the Sabre players and fans will not soon forget!
Be sure to watch the Sabres up close with your own Buffalo Sabres tickets today. This season, the Buffalo Sabres are led by Derek Roy's excellent playmaking, as he leads the team in assists. Also contributing consistently is left wing Thomas Vanek, who is on pace for a 30 goal season. Jordan Leopold provides the punch from the blue line, along with steady veteran Steve Montador.
Buffalo Sabres on Home Ice
Opening in 1996, the Sabres play their home games at the HSBC Arena, which holds over 18,000 fans for hockey. Be sure to check out this great arena today with your own Buffalo Sabres tickets.