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Drury, Afinogenov moments still magical 10 years later

Before May 4 became known as “Star Wars Day,” the force was with the Sabres.

It came in the form of Chris Drury and Maxim Afinogenov.

It’s been 10 years since one of the most jubilant endings in Sabres history. Their second-round playoff series with the New York Rangers was tied, 2-2. Buffalo was in a 1-0 hole with 10 seconds left, and the crowd downtown could nervously picture the Rangers heading home needing one win to eliminate the Sabres.

Then Drury ignited mass chaos, scoring with 7.7 seconds left to force overtime (pictured above).

Maxim Afinogenov scores the overtime, game-winning goal during a playoff game against the Rangers on May 4, 2007 at HSBC Arena. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)

Afinogenov scored 4:39 into sudden death. The Presidents’ Trophy winners were alive and knocked out New York in the next game.

May 4, 2007, became a date to remember.

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“It goes along with the season," then-Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said after the game. “We've had a lot of victories where it kind of looks like you're down and out, and all of a sudden you come back and you tie it and then minutes later you win the game.

"I think it's appropriate. I don't like it. I was a little bit uptight on the bench, but you've got that belief it can be done."

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Afinogenov scored the winner after being a healthy scratch in Game Four.

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