Tempers flared during a vital ice hockey match between the Buffalo Sabres and the Pittsburgh Penguins at Buffalo, New York State in the United States on Sunday (18 February) night.
GTV Sabres attack left to right in light strip. Robert scores & crowd applauds (2 shots)
MV Sabra's Martin bending down holding face then charges after Watson & fight breaks out.
STV Referees about to send off Robert
GTV Second period sabre's attacking right to left scoring through Ramsey
MV Griton scores third goal for Sabres
GV PAN Penguins score their first goal
CU Score board at end of second period.
COMMENTATOR: "The Sabres opened the scoring in the first period. Larry Hillman led the charge, dropped the puck to Rick Martin who in turn dropped it for Rene Robert. Robert took it in on Penguin goalie Jim Rutherford. It was Robert's 36th goal of the season and made it one to nothing Buffalo. Moments later the Sabre's Rick Martin received a high stick in the face. Stunned momentarily, Martin then charged Pittsburgh's Bryan Watson and the fight was on. Martin later required stitches to close a cut over his left eye. Oddly enough it was Martin's team mate Rene Robert who received a game misconduct penalty for becoming the third man in the fight. In the second period, Buffalo's Craig Ramsey beat Rutherford on the glove hand side. It was Ramsey's eighth goal of the year and made it two nothing Buffalo. Almost before the fans could sit down, newly acquired Norm Griton picked up a loose puck and scored on the short side to make it three nothing. Griton was recently acquired from Atlanta. Pittsburgh's Greg Polus (phonetic spelling) ruined Sabre goalle Roger Crozier's shut out bid with a slap shot in the second period. Buffalo's final goal in the third period made it four to one and the victory moved the Sabres three full points ahead of Detroit in the NHL ???st playoff."
Initials SGM/2241 SGM/2311
SPORT: ICE HOCKEY
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Background: Tempers flared during a vital ice hockey match between the Buffalo Sabres and the Pittsburgh Penguins at Buffalo, New York State in the United States on Sunday (18 February) night.
Sabre's first goal scorer Rene Robert (pronounced Robere) was ejected form the game by referees after he became the third man in a fist fight between team mate Rick Martin and Pittsburgh's Bryan Watson. The fight erupted after Martin was struck on his forehead by an opponent's hockey stick. He later required stitches to close a cut over his left eye.
The Buffalo Sabres went on to win four goals to one to finish three points ahead of Detroit for the final playoff in the East Division of the National Hockey League.
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