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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: The Sabres' big comeback


   Feb. 25, 1983 -- Every pro athlete should have a game to remember, besides his first one. This was such a game for Mal Davis (shown above, courtesy of Legends of the Buffalo Sabres).

    The Sabres played the first part of a home game against the Boston Bruins as if they were headed for one of the losses in team history. They were down, 6-1, and earned it. Suddenly, the alarm clock went off on the Buffalo bench. The Sabres scored four goals during the rest of the second period to close to within 6-5.

   Then in the third period, Dave Andreychuk tied the game, and Mal Davis won it. Davis was one of those players who in baseball would be a "Four-A" player -- probably too good for the minors, but not quite good enough for regular duty in the majors. But Davis always had an accurate wrist shot, and he showed it on this night and some others. His goal capped the greatest comeback in terms of goal deficit in Sabres history.

   One other footnote -- I saw many, many Sabres games in Memorial Auditorium over the years. That may have been the loudest. You literally could not talk to the person next to you, because he couldn't hear you.

--- Budd Bailey

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