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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Slammed shut

     May 19, 2007 -- Realistic dreams of a Stanley Cup have been few and far between over the years in Buffalo. The 2006-2007 season, was one of those rare times.

     On this date, the dream died for that particular season.

     The Sabres, who had won the Presidents' Trophy for the best regular-season record in the NHL, were eliminated by the Ottawa Senators. Daniel Alfredsson scored in overtime to give the Senators a 3-2 win, and that wrapped up a 4-1 series win by Ottawa.

    "You don't get these chances too many times," said veteran defenseman Teppo Numminen to the News' Tim Graham as he left HSBC Arena that afternoon. "I thought, for sure, we had the team to do it. But it just didn't happen. It's an opportunity wasted."

     Jochen Hecht and Maxim Afinogenov had the goals for Buffalo, who lost three home games in that series.

     That summer, Daniel Briere and Chris Drury left the Sabres as free agents, and the door of opportunity closed again for a while.

---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.