It was almost, gulp, another tie.
But Rick Vaive's goal with two seconds remaining completed a dramatic rally that carried the Blue team to a 12-11 all-events victory over the White team Thursday during the Buffalo Sabres annual open practice at Memorial Auditorium.
A crowd of about 8,000 was treated to a highly entertaining show that included various skills competitions and a three-on-three scrimmage.
Uwe Krupp bested all defenseman in the radar competition with a shot clocked at 90 mph. Krupp edged out Grant Ledyard, who launched two of his three shots at 88 mph.
Pierre Turgeon won the sharpshooting and the breakaway contests. Turgeon rang all four corner targets in the sharpshooting and scored on two of three breakaways against Clint Malarchuk.
Dave Snuggerud took a good deal of razzing after hitting three of four targets in the sharpshooter event; Snuggerud has been thwarted on numerous scoring opportunities throughout his career.
Points in the skills competition were carried into the 20-minute scrimmage. The White team, led by Turgeon, held an 8-3 lead before the Blue team stormed back behind Vaive and Alexander Mogilny.
-- BOB DICESARE