What Started It All / by Derek Neuland


This game, this goal, this pandemonium.  This was the first Buffalo Sabres game I remember going to and it started my love of hockey.  How could you not fall in love with that game after watching that play?  It's overtime, Pat LaFontaine gets tripped up bringing the puck past center ice.  In a desperation move, he sweeps at the puck and knocks it to Brad May.  May then takes it into the offensive zone all alone, dekes past future hall of famer Ray Bourque, and then fakes out Andy Moog to score. This completed the sweep of the Boston Bruins in the first round of the 1993 playoffs.

I wish I could say I remember this play, but I don't.  That was 23 years ago.  What I do remember is the energy inside and outside of Buffalo Memorial Auditorium. It was unlike anything I have ever experienced since then.