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This Day in Buffalo Sports History Feb. 29, 1976 -- Sabres take a leap

It's not easy to find a highlight for Leap Day, since there's only one of them every four years.

It wasn't noted at the time, but the Sabres played their first-ever February 29 game on this date. What's more, they came back from a poor performance the night before in Kansas City to win.

The Sabres had an odd first period. They were outshot by the Kings, 13-4, but led by a 3-0 count after 20 minutes en route to a 5-1 win. Al Smith stopped 32 of 33 shots. The Sabres lost just three of their final 17 games that season.

(Note: After two years of publication and 731 different items, this series ends today. Starting Thursday, we'll take a look back into our sports heritage in a different way. "This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History" will have short biographies of figures from Western New York.)

-- Budd Bailey