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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: One nice night

    February 26, 1987 -- Wilf Paiement was only a member of the Buffalo Sabres for a season, and he played on a team that didn't have many good moments. This night, at least, was a good one for the winger and his team.

   Paiement scored his only hat trick as a Sabre as Buffalo defeated St. Louis, 4-3.

   His first goal came in the first period with the assists going to Adam Creighton and Clark Gillies. Then Paiement struck for a go-ahead goal early in the third period. When St. Louis answered only 10 seconds later, Paiement struck with 14:49 to play to give the Sabres the win. It was his 20th goal of the season.

   Paiement had been acquired from the Rangers in the waiver draft. He scored 356 goals in his NHL career. starting in Kansas City in the 1974-75 season. Paiement hit 20 goals 12 differnet times, including 11 in a row to start his career.

   As for the Sabres, the win came in the midst of a rare hot streak for the team. After a horrible start that cost Scotty Bowman his job, the Sabres made a bit of a playoff run in the second half of the season. This was their sixth win in seven games. But, the team couldn't maintain that pace and finished last overall.

--- Budd Bailey

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