What’s in a date?
Plenty, if you are talking about the playoff history between the Buffalo Sabres and Philadelphia Flyers.
On April 14th, 2000, with Sabres fans still reeling over Brett Hull’s illegal goal that ended the Cup Finals in 1999, Buffalo was quickly served another dose of unbelievable controversy. In Game Two of the first round of the 2000 playoffs, John LeClair’s shot would find its way past Dominik Hasek and into the net – but only after passing through the netting along the side of the net.
The goal counted, Philly took a 2-0 games advantage, and would go on to win the series 4 games to 1. It quickly earned the name “No Goal II.”
On April 14th, 2001, the Sabres found themselves facing the Flyers again in Game Two of the first round of the playoffs. This time, Jay McKee would collect a pass from Erik Rasmussen, and slid the puck past netminder Roman Cechmanek in overtime.
The Sabres would go on to win that series 4 games to 2.
Tomorrow, it is April 14th all over again. This year, the Sabres and Flyers meet for Game One of the playoffs. This year, some player from one of these teams is going to add a new moment to this historic, shared date between franchises.
Before all is said and done and this game is added to history, I have only one thing to say: