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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Goal explosion

   April 25, 2007 -- For a while, it looked as if the Buffalo Sabres would get off to a stumbling start to their second-round playoff series with the New York Rangers.

   Even thought Buffalo was at home, the Sabres couldn't solve Rangers' goalie Henrik Lundqvist. He had an eye on stealing Game One, as the score was tied, 0-0, after 35 minutes.

   "You want to burst his bubble," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said to The News' Tim Graham. "The more saves he makes, the better he feels about himself. A big save is almost like scoring a goal. Sometimes that momentum goes the other way."

   Then the Sabres turned it up. Buffalo scored three goals on four shots, and went on to a 5-2 win over the Rangers. Thomas Vanek had two of the goals in that second-period outburst, while Ales Kotalik also scored.

   Ryan Miller had 32 saves of his own, and stopped the first 29 shots on goal by the Rangers.

   The Sabres had a difficult series, but eventually broke through to win the series in six games.

--- Budd Bailey

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