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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Finders keepers

     November 29, 1993 -- There's an old saying that an injured player never should lose his job. Tell that to Grant Fuhr.

     When Fuhr got hurt in the 1993-94 season, Dominik Hasek took over the starting job and more or less kept it for almost eight years. Hasek's first shutout as a Sabre came against the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-0 on the road.

     The Sabres thought their season was in trouble when Pat LaFontaine suffered a knee injury early injured early in the season; in fact, the operation took place only four days after this game. Yet the Sabres were showing definite signs of life, going 9-5-2 since a slow start.

     The offense on this night was supplied by Wayne Presley, Craig Simpson and Alexander Mogilny, who all had goals. Hasek did the rest, making 24 saves including three big ones early in the third period.

     When asked about his night, Hasek replied, "Maybe three or four big shots; maybe one or two rebounds."

     Hasek had 54 more shutouts in his Buffalo career, easily setting a team record.

--- Budd Bailey

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