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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Downright thrilled

   June 2, 1998 -- Jason Woolley knew his teammates were happy to see him score the winning goal in Game Five of a playoff series between his Sabres and the Washington Capitals. He didn't know how happy until a postgame interview session.

   "I had to give you a kiss," teammate Dixon Ward said after planting a smooch on the cheek of the defenseman.

   Woolley skated 150 feet to score a goal with 4:26 left to give the Sabres a 2-1 win. The victory in Washington narrowed the Capitals' lead in the series to three games to two.

   "I went face-first into the ice, but as I was going down I saw it go through his [goalie Olaf Kolzig's] legs," the defenseman said. "Then I covered my head because I knew I was going to crash into the net."

   The only reason the Sabres were in a position to win the game was because of the great work of goalie Dominik Hasek. He had 34 saves in a game Buffalo had no business winning.

   "Sometimes I made some saves that I didn't even know how I made the saves, but I made them," Hasek said.

--- 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.

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