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This Day in Buffalo Sports History

   Oct. 30, 1971 -- It didn't take long for the Sabres' top draft choice of 1971, Rick Martin, to show he was a talented scorer.

   Martin had the first of his 21 hat tricks as the Sabres earned a tie against Vancouver. The left winger was a great fit with Gil Perreault on the Sabres' top line, as they were a potent combination for most of the rest of the decade. Talk about a sniper -- Martin might have had the most accurate slap shot in recent NHL history.

--- Budd Bailey

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