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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Sharing the spotlight

     January 21, 1981 -- It's not easy to upstage Gil Perreault when he is having one of the best nights of his career. Ric Seiling did that in some ways.

     Seiling had the game-winning goal as the Sabres defeated the Nordiques, 6-5, in a classic shoot-out in Quebec. Seiling's goal came with only 45 seconds left to play.

     However, Perreault was the story of the first 59 minutes and 15 seconds of the contest. He had a goal in the first period, and then added an assist in the second.

     It turned out he was just warming up for the third period. The flashy center had two goals as the Sabres came back from a 5-3 deficit. Then when Buffalo needed one more goal, Perreault had the first assist to cap a five-point performance. It wasn't a personal best Ñ that was seven points in a game Ñ but it was pretty good.

     Bob Sauve faced 30 shots in the Buffalo goal. Quebec was by a couple of Hall of Famers in Michel Goulet (two goals) and Peter Stastny (one goal and one assist). The win started an 8-0-4 stretch by the Sabres.

--- Budd Bailey

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