It's funny how a little success can change perspective.
The Sabres wrapped up a playoff series win on this date, beating the Chicago Black Hawks (as they were known then) in Game Five of their quarterfinal series, 3-1. That gave Buffalo the series, four games to one.
It was quite a moment for the fifth-year franchise, because it marked the first time the team ever had won a playoff series. But, the Sabres were coming off a great regular season, and no one, even in Illinois, expected the Sabres to do anything but win that series. Ho, hum, let's move along.
Buffalo got the deciding win in good fashion. Buffalo spotted the Black Hawks and early goal by Pit Martin, and then dominated the game the rest of the way. Craig Ramsay, Rene Robert and Jim Lorentz had the goals for the Sabres. The fans in Memorial Auditorium roared as the teams shook hands after the game.
As it turned out, plenty of fun was ahead in the next round. The Sabres went up against the Montreal Canadiens in a memorable matchup.
-- Budd Bailey
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