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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Happy ending

   November 16, 1983 -- In a free-scoring game, you wouldn't expect a defensive defenseman to provide the winning moment. Not only did Mike Ramsey do that, but he made a little bit of history along the way.

   Ramsey scored the first regular-season overtime goal in Sabres history. The defenseman got the winner in a 6-5 victory over the Jets in Winnipeg.

   This one started out like a Winnipeg romp. The Jets scored three goals in the first 11 minutes of the game, including one by future Sabre Dale Hawerchuk.

   The Sabres kept fighting back. Phil Housley, Craig Ramsay, Real Cloutier, and Brent Peterson had goals for Buffalo, and it looked as if Sean McKenna's goal with early in the third period would hold up as the game-winner. But Morris Lukowich scored for the Jets with 3:15 left in regulation.

   Ramsey scored at 17 seconds of overtime, with the assists going to Real Cloutier and Gilles Hamel. It gave the win to goalie Tom Barrasso.

   Ramsey always will be associated with the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, but he might have been the best defenseman in Sabres history.

 --- 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.