Brad May played in more than 1,000 games in the National Hockey League. He'll probably be the first to tell you what the most memorable one was. What's more, every hockey fan in Buffalo who followed the team at that time probably knows it too.
The Sabres were playing the Boston Bruins in Game Four of their first-round playoff series. Buffalo had won the first three games and was poised to finish off a sweep in Memorial Auditorium.
The Bruins didn't fall easily. They had a 5-2 lead in the second period, only to see Donald Audette, Alexander Mogilny and Yuri Khmylev tie the score by the middle of the third period.
Later, May took a pass from Pat LaFontaine, deked past Ray Bourque, put a dazzling move on Andy Moog, and scored into a vacated net at 4:48 of overtime.
"If this was an exhibition game, I would remember it forever," said teammate Ken Sutton, who was on the ice at the time. "And this was overtime. In a situation like that to do something like that -- usually it's an ugly goal that wins it. That was as pretty a goal as you'll ever see. He was not to be denied. That was our number one goal all year."
May's goal wrapped up the first playoff series win for the Sabres in 10 years. John Muckler once said in half-jest when he came to Buffalo in the early 1990s that the city would have a parade if the Sabres ever won a playoff series. He was close to being right, as May's goal will never be forgotten.
-- Budd Bailey