Game 1: You have to feel somewhat sorry for Georges Vezina, he's never had to face anything like Bobby Hull. And, it really shows in game 1. Lemaire and Savard try to contain him, but they can't stop him. Hull scores two unanswered goals in the first period. Lionel Conacher takes a beating blocking two Boom Boom one timers, but the defender never lets it get him down. Perrault opens the scoring in the second period off the give and go with Martin to fool McCrimmon. Cyclone Taylor answers with an unassisted end to end rush. For the rest of the game Conacher takes the game to Apps and Gardiner shuts the door. Boucher springs Roy Conacher who scores an empty net goal with 25 seconds to go. Hamilton Tiger Cubs win 4-1 Game 2: In game two Lemaire tries something different and puts Taylor and McCrimmon against the Million Dollar Line. Taylor's speed and stickwork proves more effective then trying to take the fight to the juggernaut Hull. Unfortunatly for Buffalo, the creativity of the Bentley brothers makes mincemeat of Housley's defensive game, leading to a tic-tac-toe goal by Wharram. As the second period starts, the way Lindsay looks at his teammates makes clear he's given them an earful, and he shows it on the ice, powering past Gilbert and Howe he sets up Apps in the slot who passes back to Lindsay with a wide open net, tying the game up. One the next face off, Savard wins back to Pronger who sends a pinpoint rocket pass to Joliat giving him a one on one against Vasko, unable to get by him he back passes to Savard who dekes out Stapleton, passes back to Joliat for the quick wrist shot in. Lemaire then locks it down to hold the lead, but Hull gets the puck when Taylor's not near him, Hull goes behind the net to pick up steam and by the time Taylor catches up to him, Hull is a full blown freight train, big slap shot, off the post, but before Vezina can take a sigh of relief, Bill Hay hammers in the rebound. To try and reclaim the lead, the Sabres throw everything they can at Gardiner but nothing gets by him. With the Broten line out against the Perrault line, Housley fakes a slap shot and passes to Langenbrunner who one times it past Gardiner for the game winner. Buffalo Sabres win 3-2 Game 3: Continuing on a similar plan, Lemaire focuses on using speed against the Tiger Cubs. This leads to an early goal by Joliat. But works against them when Max Bentley uses their momentum against them while stickhandling. If it wasn't for a timely block by Serge Savard, Doug Bentley would have scored. Vezina keeps it tight until midway through the second when Hull gets off a Mark Howe set-up one timer that dents the back crossbar. Causing a delay as the officials swap nets. Hamilton can't get another before Apps sets up Lindsay in close. The strong defensive play of Pronger and Savard keeps the Bentleys off the board and luck keeps Hull off the board. With under a minute to go the Nouveau French Connection with Hull almost scores, but Pronger turns it around by sending off Jacques Lemaire on an open net breakaway. Buffalo Sabres win 3-1 Game 4: The speed of Buffalo keeps them with the edge, but Gardiner keeps it close, letting in only a Geoffrion slapshot. Early in the third, Hull ties it up. The game starts to get rough as Pronger and Balfour drop the gloves. As the intensity of the game rises, Lindsay gets more and more comfortable. He powers past Stapleton, fakes the past to Geoffrion and then roofs the back hand over an outstretched Gardiner. Buffalo Sabres win 2-1 Game 5: Gorman switches up his lines by constantly rotating his right wingers. Using speed to shut down Hull was less effective when he could work a give and go with Rod Gilbert. Murray Balfour's strength and intensity created space for the Bentley's to work their magic. Despite the Sabres' strategy being tossed up in the air, only Gilbert managed a goal. What really through the Sabres is when Gorman waited for the Sabres to change and adapt, and then reverted to the original chemistry driven lines. The Sabres floundered and only Apps managed a goal. Hamilton Tiger Cubs win 3-1 Game 6: Hot on the tails of their game 5 victory, Hamilton was playing with fire, hitting everything that moved. Fights broke out between Vasko and Lindsay as well as McCrimmon and Litzenberger. Lindsay was fast becoming the only scoring liner comfortable out there for the Sabres, but his passing plays with Apps led to two goals. Not enough to counter goals by Boucher, Hull and Martin though. Hamilton Tiger Cubs win 3-2 Game 7: The Sabres revert to a full on Jacques Lemaire trap to smother the offensive depth of the Tiger Cubs. The trap is effective as the Tiger Cubs can't score. But, Conacher, Howe, Vasko and Gardiner makes easy work of the restrained offence of the Sabres. First period. No score. Second period. No score. Third period. NO SCORE! This one's going to overtime. No one is giving an inch, two overtime periods pass, it's the third overtime period. Bobby Hull takes the puck in the neutral zone, carries it back into his own zone, Cyclone chases after him, but a passive pick by Hay throws him off. Hull gets a full head of steam as he races of the left side. Fearless, Vezina comes out to cut down the angle. Big slapshot! Hit's Vezina right in the stomach! Vezina is winded and dissoriented, Balfour and Hull race for the rebound, but McCrimmon gets it first. McCrimmon to Taylor, dekes out Hay, passes to Lindsay, Lindsay fights off Vasko, passes to Apps, Apps to Geoffrion, one timer... STOPPED BY GARDINER! Rebound...Apps...SCORES! Buffalo Sabres win 1-0 in OT. Three Stars: 3rd Star: Ted Lindsay 2nd Star: Syl Apps 1st Star: Bobby Hull The Buffalo Sabres beat the Hamilton Tiger Cubs 4 games to 3.