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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 13, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Buffalo's magic wand has lost its lustre Habs get rid of pesky Sabres Friends Joe Crozier (right) of the Buffalo Sabres walks off the ice Thursday with his armi around Scotty Bow- man of the Montreal Ca- nadiens after Bowman's club had eliminated tha Sabres with a 4-2 win. Hitchhiker likes game BUFFALO (CP1 Califor- nia, where the Golden Seals have trouble attracting more than fans for their Na- tional Hockey League games, may not .be a hotbed of hockey but at least it does produce a few hardcore fans. Ben Fusilier, 21, of San Jose, Calif., is one fan who claims he became a "hockey freak" after seeing a few Seals games in Oakland. And when the Seals didn't make the playoffs, FusiBer started April 1 on a trek across the country to see Buffalo Sabres in their ouar- ter-final series against Mon- treal Canadiens. He arrived in time to see the Sabres lose 4-2 to Mon- treal Thursday right, which meant their elimination from the quarter-final series. But the Sabres showed their appreciation for Fusilier's support. After he failed to get a standing-room ticket after waiting most of Wednesday night in line at the ticket win- dows. Sabres president Sey- mour Knox invited Fusilier to watch the final game froir his private box. The Buffalo club also gave Fusilier a team jacket and tie. BUFFALO (CP) "I feel like somebody has just taken a piano off my said coach Scotty Bowman of Montreal Ca- nadiens. Bowman was relaxed and smiling in the dressing room Thursday night after his team polished off Buffalo Sabres 4-2 and won their best-of-seven Na- tional Hockey League quarter- final series four games to two. The Canadiens now opan a best-of-seven semi-final against Philadelphia Flyers, who ad- vanced with a 4-1 win over Min- nesota North Stars Thursday. The Philodelphia-Minnesota game was still on when Bow- man talked to reporters so he didn't know which team he would be facing next. "But I don't think any ieain can be any tougher than the Sa- bres he said. "I wasn't surprised that the Sabres won two with the kind of hockey they played." Buffalo fans were on their fset, whooping it up, when the Sabres skated onto the ice be- fore the opening faceoff. Their joy was short-lived. The Canadiens, who never had two consecutive losses all season until running into a pair of defeats against the Sabres in the fourth and fifth games of the playoff by 5-1 and 3-2 scores, wrapped the final one up early. Sergs Savard, Murray Wilson, Guy Laffcur and Guy Lapointe ran up a four-goal lead against Buffalo netminder Roger Cro- zier in the first period. The Canadiens then began to forecheck and backcheck relentlessly through a scoreless second period and for much of the third. Right winger Rene Robert broke goalie Ken Dryden's bid for his first playoff shutout when he banked a drive off Montreal defenceman Jacques Laperierre and into the Cana- diens' net at of the final period. Left winger Richard Martin, who along with Robert and centre Gil Perreault make up the Sabres' French Connection line, scored a power-play goal at of the final period. The Sabres outshot the Cana- diens 44-24 in the game and 20-4 in the final period. When Martin scored, Savard in the penalty box serving a minor for delaying the game. Right winger Jim Roberts re- csived a misconduct at the same tune from referee Lloyd Gilmore for arguing about Sav- ard's penalty. After the contest, both Bow- man and losing coach Joe Cro- zier appeared willing to call off the public feud they had con- ducted earlier in the series. COMING WATCH GLASS OUR INSTAUATION EXPERTS CAN LOOK AFTER EVERY REQUIREMENT. 11 Tractor Cabs Auto Glass -J Plexiglass -j Picture Windows Table Tops Window Glass FREE ESTIMATES LETHBRIDGE COR. Sth AVE. and ST. S. PHONE 327-1511 There had been name-cnlling on Crozier's part and harrass- ment on both sides as the coaches appealed to officials on several occasions. But after the final game, and in view of the crowd, Crozier and Bowman embraced briefly on the ice and shook hands. They then took tuns praising each other. Bowman said Crozier's ha- rassment had been with an eye toward getting as much out of his team as possible and giving them a psychological incentive against the Canadiens. For his part, Crozier said: "We played a great team in Montfeal Canadiens and the guy that coaches them is one heck of a coach." Bowman said he had used a makeshift line of centre Rejean Houle with wingers Murray Wil- son and Jim Roberts to keep the French Connection in check. He said it had worked as Houle kept Perreault under wraps for most of the night and that Wilson, in addition to scor- ing his second goal of the series, had put on a fine defen- sive display. Bounce Black Hawks 4-1 Rangers draw first blood CHICAGO TCP) Captain Vic Hadfield ended a playoff drought to break a 1-1 tie early in the third period Thursday night and start New York Rangers off to a 4-1 victory over Chicago Black Hawks in the first game of their National Hockey League semi-final. "I knew it was in as soon as 1 shot the 32-year-old left winger said of the goal that came from just inside the Chi- cago blueline. "I could hear Jean (Ratelle) yelling that he was in the clear and (Tony) Es- posito had come out to cover him." It was Hadfield's first point in six playoff games, including a 4-1 quarter final series win over the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins. "We got a big goal Ratelle said later in the Ranger dressing room. The big centre for New York's high-scoring gag (goal-a-game) line said: been getting our chances, but just besn missing. "The opportunities have been there, now maybe we'll start connecting. "Fortunately the other lines have been scoring. And that's all that counts, as long as we keep winning." Of Hadfield's blast, that seemed to have Esposito hand cuffed, Ratelle said ht broke away from his check after pass- ing to the winger at the Chicago blueline and was calling for the puck. "I guess I upset Esposito be- cause he came out to cover me and Vic had a good shot." Walt Tkaczuk wrapped it uo for the Rangers with two late goals, his second into an empty Chicago net in the final minute with Esposito benched in favor of a sixth attacker. Pit Martin opened the scoring with Chicago's only goal at of the first period, blast ing a shot from near the New York blueline. The rising shot, from behind Ranger defen- ceman Jim Neilson, startled goaltender Eddie Giacomin. "I managed to get the glove of my stick hand on it but il bounced off the goalpost and Giacomin said. The Chi- cago forwards used most of their firepower to Giacomin's stick side and the New York goalie explained that this was a natural tendency for a club with so many right handed centres. "That stick gets to be pretty heavy out there and it's natural MONTREAL 4, BUFFALO 1 First Period 1. Montreal, Savard J (F. Mahovlich, P. Mahovlich) 2. Montreal, Wilson 2 (Houle) 3. Montreal Lafleur 2 (Richard, Savard) 4. Montreal, Lapointe 3 (Rob- erts, Wilson) Penalties Wil- son, Martin Horton Second Period No scoring. Pen- alties Roberts G.-atton Third Period 5. Buffalo, Buffalo, Martin 3 (Lorentr, Perreault) Penalties La- pointe 15-