Coming soon to a rink near you: "No Goal, Junior."
The Buffalo Sabres, who forever will be associated with controversial goals after last year's Stanley Cup finals, have had a couple of possible goals waved off in games played during the past week. It could be the start of a trend.
Brian Holzinger had a potential score not count in Tuesday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning because replays couldn't conclusively tell if the puck crossed the goal line, while James Patrick's apparent goal against the Ottawa Senators on Friday was disallowed because of goalie interference by Vaclav Varada.
The Sabres are a little sensitive on the subject due to the fact that Brett Hull of the Dallas Stars scored a Cup-winning goal last June with a foot in the crease. Patrick has heard that the standards for determining a legal goal have changed in the last few weeks.
"I think one thing that's happened is in the first half of the season it was open season on goalies," he said. "Now they've gotten the second memo from the league, and now anything close is not a goal."
Patrick wasn't too upset about Friday's call that negated what would have been his second goal of the game. He figured he broke even on the night.
"From what I heard, the one puck that did go in maybe shouldn't have counted," he said. "Curtis (Brown) told me he interfered with the goalie on that one.
The 1975 edition of the Buffalo Sabres will get a chance for a little "revenge" when they play the 1975 Philadelphia Flyers in an alumni game on March 5 in Marine Midland Arena. The two teams played in the Stanley Cup Finals 25 years ago, with the Flyers winning, four games to two.
Buffalo will have such players as Gil Perreault, Rick Martin, Rene Robert, Jim Schoenfeld and Jerry Korab in its lineup.
Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the Arena box office and at Tickets.com outlets, including Tops Friendly Markets. The starting time is 6 p.m.
Buffalo's scratches were Patrick and Geoff Sanderson.