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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: First-round exit

   April 26, 2010 -- The memories of this one are a little fresh, so you probably still don't need too much reminding. Even so, this was the night for a disappointing loss by the Sabres.

   Buffalo dropped a 4-3 decision to the Bruins in Boston. That gave the Bruins the first-round series win, four games to two.

   The loss wiped out a solid regular season in which Buffalo won the division to earn home-ice advantage in the first round.

   "You want to make the playoffs, and being out of hockey, being done in April still hurts," Sabres forward Adam Mair said to The News' John Vogl. "It was a good regular season. We ended a little early. It's not where we wanted to be. We wanted to go deep in the playoffs, and we didn't do that. "

   If you want to point a finger at a statistic, look at special teams. Boston was 6 of 22 on the power play while Buffalo was 0 for 19. And they gave up two-goal leads in Games Two and Four.

   "The disappointment is huge," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "It was a series where there wasn't much breathing space the whole series."

--- Budd Bailey

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