Whalers Dominate Sabres in Decisive Victory for Second Straight Night

In a game that will haunt the Buffalo faithful, the last-place Buffalo Sabres faltered yet again, this time at home against the surging Hartford Whalers. The Whalers put on a commanding performance, trouncing the Sabres 6-1 at the HSBC Arena. This loss extends Buffalo's losing streak to a disheartening three games, while the Whalers continue their impressive four-game winning streak.

Right from the puck drop, it was evident that the Sabres were in for a tough night. The Whalers dominated the shot count throughout the game, outshooting the Sabres 43 to 27. The scoreboard reflected this dominance, with the Whalers finding the back of the net six times, while the Sabres managed only a solitary goal.

The first period set the tone for the rest of the game, with the Whalers striking first on the power play. Fredrik Olausson capitalized on the man advantage to give Hartford the early lead at 8:46. The period saw a flurry of penalties, with both teams racking up infractions, including a game misconduct for Paul DiPietro of the Whalers.

The second period proved to be the turning point, as the Whalers unleashed an offensive onslaught. They netted four goals in quick succession, leaving the Sabres reeling. Murray Baron, Luc Robitaille (twice), and Mario Lemieux all found the back of the net, showcasing the Whalers' offensive prowess.

As if things couldn't get worse for the Sabres, goaltender Al Jensen was pulled in favor of Clint Malarchuk after the fifth Whalers goal at 17:52 of the second period.

The Sabres managed to salvage some pride in the third period, with Andrei Lomakin finally beating Whalers netminder Don Beaupre on the power play at 8:25. However, it was too little, too late for Buffalo as the Whalers maintained their commanding lead until the final buzzer.

Despite the loss, Sabres fans witnessed a spirited fight from Tom Fitzgerald, who dropped the gloves with Dana Murzyn in a physical showdown.

The game stars were undoubtedly on the Whalers' side, with Luc Robitaille, Mario Lemieux, and Ray Sheppard earning the honors for their outstanding performances.

With this disappointing defeat, the Sabres find themselves searching for answers as they face a daunting uphill battle to salvage their season. Meanwhile, the Whalers continue to soar, solidifying their position as a formidable force in the league.

Attendance at the HSBC Arena reached 18,000, but the net profit of $648,000.00 couldn't overshadow the disappointment felt by Sabres fans across Buffalo.

As the Sabres lick their wounds and regroup, they must endure nine more likely painful games as the 1995 season comes to an unceremonious close for the rebuilding franchise.

-Buffalo, NY