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Wednesday, May 06, 2020
Road to the Cup - May 6, 1980 -- Buffalo 7, Isles 4 (Isles lead best-of-7 series 3-1)
40 Years Ago Tonight...
By Eric Hornick
Buffalo 7, Isles 4
The Isles were ready to punch a ticket to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in their history, and the Coliseum crowd had their brooms ready but the Sabres had other ideas. Buffalo rallied from a 3-1 deficit for a 7-4 win in game 4 of their Semi-Final series. Bob Bourne and Bob Nystrom each scored twice for the Isles.
Gilbert Perreault completed his hat trick into the empty net as the Sabres stopped an 11-game playoff losing streak against the Isles.(one shy of the NHL record against a single opponent).
08:52NYIPPBob Bourne (8)Bryan Trottier, Mike Bossy
16:14BUFSHDon Luce (3) Andre Savard
19:13NYIBob Bourne (9)Bryan Trottier, Mike Bossy
03:28NYIBob Nystrom (5)Denis Potvin
07:21BUFDerek Smith (4)Jim Schoenfeld, Tony McKegney
19:30BUFPPDerek Smith (5)Danny Gare, Gilbert Perreault
01:51NYIBob Nystrom (6)Bob Lorimer
12:14BUFTony McKegney (3)Danny Gare, Derek Smith
19:47BUFENGilbert Perreault (8)
Game 1: Isles 4, Buffalo 2
Game 2: Isles 2, Buffalo 1 (OT)
Game 3: Isles 7, Buffalo 4
Game 4: May 8 - At Buffalo
(Isles lead series, 3-1)
The Isles were outshot by Buffalo 35-31.... Billy Smith fell to 10-2 in the playoffs while Bob Sauve earned the win... Bob Lorimer went +3 for the Isles, earning a point on each even-strength goal, and not being on-ice for any of the five Sabres goals not scored on the power play...Gilbert Perreault's hat trick was the first of three allowed by the Isles in a playoff game since Rick MacLeish (5-13-1975) and was the first of 3 allowed by the Isles in the Cup era (Paul Holmgren -1980 Final, Wayne Gretzky -1981 Quarter-Finals)...Bob Bourne's two goals gave him the club lead with 9; Bill Barber also had 9...Bryan Trottier's two assists gave him the NHL playoff lead with 20 points; his 12 assists were one behind Bobby Smith's league-leading 13...Both Perreault and Derek Smith tied the club record for points against the Isles in a playoff games (set by Jean Ratelle and Steve Vickers on April 10, 1975).
Overtime is Our Time!
1st round vs LA: Game 3 (W 4-3 Morrow 6:55)
Quarter-Finals vs Bos: Game 1 (W 2-1 Gillies 1:02)
Quarter-Finals vs Bos: Game 2 (W 5-4 Bourne 1:24)
Quarter-Finals vs Bos: Game 4 (L 4-3 O'Reilly 17:13)
Semi-Finals vs Buf: Game 2 (W 2-1 Nystrom 21:20)
Isles Scoring Leaders thru 12 Games
Bryan Trottier 8-12-20
Bob Nystrom 6-8-14
Bob Bourne 9-4-13
Isles +/- Leaders thru 12 Games
Bob Lorimer +11
Denis Potvin +8
Garry Howatt +8
Gordie Lane +8
Isles Penalty Minute Leaders thru 12 Games
Garry Howatt 63
Gord Lane 50
Duane Sutter 46
Clark Gillies 46
The Sabres had life, and were heading home. For the first time in a month, Billy Smith would not play - Chico Resch was in goal. We'll pick up the story on Friday, the 40th anniversary of Game 5.