REWIND: Pens-Sabres 2001

The Pens' overtime loss in Ottawa in Game 3 was the organization's first road OT playoff loss since Game 5 of the 2001 Eastern Semifinals against Buffalo. It was Saturday, May 5, 2001. It was a day game. We'll never forget it.

Interestingly enough, the Pens won the first two games of that series, as well, before dropping the next three, the third coming on this stab in the back from ex-Pen (and one of our favorite Pens) Stu Barnes:

There's not a lot of video evidence on the Internet of this series.

Moreover, there is scant photographic evidence on the Internet of this series, as well.

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OR SO WE THOUGHT

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We've uncovered a game-by-game recap of this series as told by a Sabres fan on an Angelfire page. We hope 15 years from now, someone will be as happy to stumble upon our game recaps as we are to stumble across this Angelfire page.

Here we go:

GAME ONE — PENS 3, SABRES 0

All we remembered from this game was Lemieux beating Hasek on some slapshot, and the site has the pic:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-kuQgyNK-ggU/UZy0DdLCGVI/AAAAAAACNH8/iajDZlSTbGw/s300/LEMIEUXGOAL.jpg

 

GAME TWO — PENS 3, SABRES 1

We remembered Andrew Ference had a bizarre goal in Buffalo, and it came in Game Two, according to this guy's recap.

 

GAME THREE — SABRES 4, PENS 1

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GAME FOUR  — SABRES 5, PENS 2

Totally forgot about Marty Straka's penalty shot in this game.

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GAME FIVE  — SABRES 3, PENS 2

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GAME SIX  — PENS 3, SABRES 2

Here's that deflating goal that Afinogenov scored coming out of the box:

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It's depressing that there is no video online of Lemieux's tying goal or Straka's OT goal. To this day, we can remember screaming at Robert Lang to take the hit that led him to pass it Kovalev, who one-touched it to Straka for this goal:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-EnQY24Oi5U0/UZy0EVXOodI/AAAAAAACNHg/UDkrYTOpuBc/s312/STRAKAGOAL.jpg

 

GAME SEVEN  — PENS 3, SABRES 2

All you gotta know:

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These Angelfire pages can sometimes disappear without warning, so we have preserved all seven of these recaps and will put them in the bank.

Go Pens

 

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