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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Handy Andy

      February 17, 1984 -- Dave Andreychuk was only in his first full year as a Sabre when he was proving he knew what to do with the puck, particularly when it came to overtime.

     Andreychuk scored his second overtime goal in 10 days as the Sabres defeated Minnesota, 5-4, on this date. (The other came in Pittsburgh, as the Sabres rallied from a 5-3 deficit.) The goal on this date came at 1:31 of overtime, with the assists going to Larry Playfair and Hannu Virta. It was Andreychuk's second goal of the night, matching the total of Real Cloutier.  Buffalo finished with a 40-19 edge in shots on goal.

     It was part of a fine season, as Andreychuk finished with 38 goals. The forward was in the midst of the first of two stays with the Sabres. He came back for a year as a free agent in 2000-01, and scored 20 goals.

     Andreychuk scored 640 goals in his long NHL career, one of the top totals in history. That should get him into the Hockey Hall of Fame some day. He also won a Stanley Cup as captain of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

--- 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.