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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Everyone over the boards

     November 19, 1978 -- Fighting still takes place in the National Hockey League, but the amount of mayhem has gone down over the years. Today's anniversary is proof of that, and may surprise you.

     On this date, the Sabres had one of their last bench-clearing brawls -- one of those "everyone over the boards" situations that used to happen from time to time. The game was against the North Stars in Memorial Auditorium. It may have been the last one at home, depending on how you define your terms.

     The mayhem started at 15:17 of the second period. Those getting major penalties and/or misconducts were Danny Gare and Ric Seiling for the Sabres, and six members of the North Stars. 

     The Sabres had a 3-1 lead at the time of the incident, and they seemed to be on the power play for the rest of the second period. Jerry Korab had two goals (completing a hat trick) and Andre Savard added one to make it 6-1 after 20 minutes. 

     Savard added two more goals in the third period to finish his hat trick, and Don Luce scored Buffalo's other goal. It all added up to a 9-2 win.

   The Sabres and Kings had a big brawl in Los Angeles in March, 1985, while the teams were changing lines.

--- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.