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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Hot time in the Cold war

    January 4, 1976 -- Back in the Cold War days, games between East and West were huge events.
That was certainly the case when the Sabres hosted a team from the Soviet Union for the first time in their history.

    The Aud was absolutely electric that day when the Wings of the Soviet came to town, and the Sabres were magnificent in a 12-6 win. Buffalo jumped out to a 4-2 lead after the first period, and a 9-4 lead after two.

    Rick Martin had two goals and three assists and was the game's first star. However, a better pick might have been Jerry Korab, who probably played the game of his life. Korab hit everything in an opposing uniform that Sunday afternoon.

     The game marked the worst loss by a Soviet team in international competition. Buffalo played so well that it created a group of fans for the team ... in the Soviet Union.

    "It was the all-time high point for the Sabres, in fact," Sabres general manager Punch Imlach said a while later.

--- Budd Bailey 

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