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Spirit of 76: Quick fix with look back at Mogilny's monster year

Sick of all this legalese and need a quick hockey fix?

NHL.com has been doing a series of stories on the 20th anniversary of the 1992-93 season, which it has noted as one of the more fascinating campaigns -- and perhaps even the best -- in recent league history.

Today's subject? The 76-goal season of Sabres Hall of Famer Alexander Mogilny.

Mogilny had 76 goals, 51 assists and 127 points that year playing alongside Pat LaFontaine (who finished at 53-95-148!). And the team thus had some crazy outbursts: There was a 12-3 win over Ottawa in October, an 11-6 destruction of the Rangers on New Year's Eve and a 10-7 win on Feb. 24 over Detroit, the night Mogilny broke Danny Gare's club record with his 57th goal.

It was also the season of the MayDay goal that completed the sweep of Boston in the playoffs. But Mogilny and LaFontaine were both hobbled in the next round and the Sabres were swept in four one-goal games -- three in overtime -- by Montreal. The Canadiens went on to win the Stanley Cup, leaving a great what-if lingering in Sabres history.

NHL.com also did a story as part of its '92-93 package on the LaFontaine line itself. Now, it's obvious the league's official site is trying to deflect attention from the lockout with all this stuff but sometimes that's OK too.

Cue the memory banks and roll the highlight films on Mogilny and LaFontaine here.

---Mike Harrington
Twitter: @BNHarrington 

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | [email protected]

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

@BNHarrington | [email protected]


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | [email protected]

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