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This Day in Buffalo Sports History Dec. 21, 1975 -- Sabres break out

Look down the list of final scores in the Sabres' 1975-76 season -- heck, review the franchise's history, if you are so inclined -- and the score from this particular day certainly stands out.

After all, you don't see a team score 14 goals every day. But that's the number the Sabres had when a game with the Washington Capitals was over. It was the most one-sided game in team history.

The game was somewhat close for 21 minutes. Gilbert Perreault and Fred Stanfield gave the Sabres a 2-0 lead after a period, but Tony White got one for the Caps in the first minute of the second period. That seemed to anger the Sabres, who scored four goals in the second period to go up, 6-2, after 40 minutes.

Then the "fun" began. The Sabres scored eight goals in the third period. Buffalo set an NHL record with 40 points distributed among its players. It scored five goals in 4 minutes, 57 seconds. Rick Martin finished with four goals and Stanfield had his only hat trick as a Sabre.

Ron Low stopped 26 of 36 shots for Washington. Bernie Wolfe replaced him with 12 minutes to go, and allowed four goals on 14 shots. The shots on goal in the third period were 22-3.

-- Budd Bailey

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