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May 13, 2008

1975: Expansion Showdown: Flyers Meet Sabres

The year is 1975. For the first time we have an all-expansion team Stanley Cup final, as the defending champion Philadelphia Flyers face the Buffalo Sabres.

The Sabres were fueled by the famed French Connection line of Gilbert Perreault, Rick Martin and Rene Robert, along with the goaltending of Roger Crozier. But they entered the finals winless against the Flyers in the previous 13 contests. Philly's dominance would continue in this series, as the Flyers won the series 4 games to 2.

The series is remembered for two things: Fog, and a bat.

Due to warm weather, a thick fog plagued the games in Buffalo. Game three was particularly bad. At one point play was halted while the players skated around with towels hoping to lift the fog.

In another zany incident, Jim Lorentz slayed a bat that had taken flight inside the arena. The bat had been bothering players and spectators alike until Lorentz struck the bat down in the third period.

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