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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: The Boogie Man

   February 23, 1996 -- Wins were a little difficult to come by for the Buffalo Sabres in this particularly season. This one over the Philadelphia Flyers was welcome, naturally. But it also provided a memorable moment for one of the Sabres' players.

   Bob Boughner had been a minor leaguer throughout his career for years after he was drafted by Detroit in 1989. When Sabres' coach Ted Nolan thought the team could use another defenseman on this roster, he remembered that Boughner had been a reliable player for him back in junior hockey.

   Therefore, Buffalo was happy to acquire Boughner on February 1, 1996, for a draft choice. Not only was he reliable in his own end, but he added toughness to a team that already had a lot of that quality.

   Boughner got his first NHL point on this date. He had an assist on a goal by Scott Pearson that turned a 6-2 Sabres lead to a 7-2 Sabres' lead. That was the final score.

   It was the only point by Boughner that season. But he spent the next two seasons in Buffalo and proved he belonged in the NHL. Boughner stayed in the league until 2006.

--- Budd Bailey

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