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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Slow start

      May 15, 1975 -- You never forget your first time, and today marks the anniversary of the first game the Buffalo Sabres ever played in the Stanley Cup Finals.

     Too bad for the Sabres that it didn't turn out more memorably.

     The Sabres played the Flyers in Philadelphia in Game One, and one of the team's problems became readily apparent after a while. Scoring was going to be a problem in the series.

     It was a strange game. Neither team scored in the first 40 minutes. Then Philadelphia scored four times in the third period to take a 4-1 win.

     Bernie Parent was terrific, making 27 saves. Gerry Desjardins wasn't as good as he faced 22 shots. Bill Barber had two of the Philadelphia goals.

     By the way, Parent made for a great trivia question of sorts. Goalies often wear number one, but he was the last one to wear it as the starting netminder on a Stanley Cup champion.

--- Budd Bailey

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