Site hosted by Build your free website today!
Boston won the battles early but Buffalo won the war
Wednesday, May 12, 1999

It was WW3 out there tonight in Buffalo's Marine Midland Arena as the Sabres stormed back from a 2-1 deficit to score two dynamic goals to beat Boston 3-2. The Sabres who were not nearly as intense as they were in Game 2, found their fire in the third period and stuffed two behind Byron Dafoe. The Sabres, who were completely outplayed in the first two periods, outshot the Bruins 18-7, even topping their vibrant first period in the last game.

The WW3 combo who did all the scoring for Buffalo was Warrener, Woolley and Ward. Jason Woolley got Buffalo on the scoreboard first with a powerplay goal just a minute and a half into the first period. However, the Bruins came back with a powerplay goal of their own by Steve Heinze and then tallied again at the hands of Anson Carter. Buffalo went into the locker room at the end of the second period a little shell shocked. The crowd was also quite out of it, kind of expecting the Sabres to walk all over the Bruins tonight and it just wasn't happening.

A lot of words were said in between periods and Assistant Coach Don Lever replied that the words shouted in the locker room could not be repeated. In the first two periods, the Sabres only managed 7 shots on goal - I repeat..... 7 shots on goal in 2 periods! Enough said. The Sabres came out like they did in period 1 of Game 2. Blistering 18 shots on Dafoe indicates the kind of fire power the Sabres jettisoned against their enemy. Then the two other W's came through and stuffed the net! First Rhett Warrener pinched in and put a shot on Dafoe, which he blocked. The rebound came right back to Warrener and this time there was no stopping him. The defenseman whom the Sabres acquired from Florida in exchange for Mike Wilson buried the opportunity and the spotlights shone on him. That trade ranks right up there with the Sabres trade for Dominik Hasek as one of the best in Sabres history.

Dixon Ward took a perfect pass from Vaclav Varada and he blasted it high past Dafoe for the game winner. WW3 had made their mark. Now the Sabres are up 2 games to 1 and host the next game on Friday night. That one is sure to be a continuation of World War 3, or in this case WW3.