Sabres take charge

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1999 Playoffs




The Buffalo Sabres were sleepwalking two periods, but only needed the third to beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 and take a two games to one lead in in their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Managing only a total of seven shots in the first two periods, the Sabres outshot the Bruins 14-1 over the first 12 minutes of the third and received goals from Rhett Warrener and Dixon Ward in a 2:54 span to erase a one-goal deficit.

"I think after two days off we were pretty full of ourselves because of the game we played in Game Two, and I think it showed," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "We didn't start working until the third period. We didn't have a lot of opportunities. They played a pretty smart game in the first two periods and our lack of hustle allowed them to do that. There was no secret to it, we came out and worked a lot harder in the the third period."

Jason Woolley gave Buffalo a 1-0 lead on a power play at 1:37 in the first period before the Bruins defense shut the Sabrer down until thirp period onslaught. Boston got goals from Steve Heinze and Anson Carter in the first period.

"They've got a lot of character, they kept on coming back," Bruins coach Pat Burns said. "Then we seemed to lose one or two assignments and you can't do that against them because they are so quick. They are going to capitalize on them and the Ward goal was a perfect picture of them capitalizing on the one chance when we lost an assignment."

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