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Sabres Versus Bruins: Playoff Rivalry Through the Years

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I certainly don't want to date myself but Sabres fans that grew up during the same time period as me remember the rivalry between the Buffalo Sabres and Boston Bruins. Ask anyone that watched the Sabres in the mid to late 80's and beyond, they will say the Bruins are one the most hated teams. 

The rivalry featured the likes of Kevin Maguire against Bruce Shoebottom or back even further to Jim Schoenfeld and Wayne Cashman. The Sabres-Bruins rivalry ended along with the closing of The Aud and the Boston Garden, this week it begins again with a brand new look for both teams.

The Bruins have dominated the Sabres through the years winning five of the seven series between the two teams. The Sabres lost the first five playoff series and they have beaten the Bruins in the last two. The last time the teams met was the second round in 1999 when the Sabres eventually lost to the Dallas Stars in the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Bruins hold a 21-16 advantage in playoffs games between the two teams since 1982. The teams have gone to overtime just six times against each other and both teams have won three times.

Follow the jump to take a look at the previous matchups between the teams.

1982 First Round
 Date Home Away  Series
 4/7/1982  Boston  3   Buffalo  1   Boston leads 1-0
 4/8/1982  Boston  7   Buffalo  3   Boston leads 2-0
 4/10/1982  Buffalo  5   Boston  2   Boston leads 2-1
 4/11/1982  Buffalo  2   Boston  5   Boston wins 3-1
1983 Second Round
 Date Home Away  Series
 4/14/1983  Boston  4   Buffalo  7   Buffalo leads 1-0
 4/15/1983  Boston  5   Buffalo  3   Series tied 1-1
 4/17/1983  Buffalo  4   Boston  3   Buffalo leads 2-1
 4/18/1983  Buffalo  2   Boston  6   series tied 2-2
 4/20/1983  Boston  9   Buffalo  0   Boston leads 3-2
 4/22/1983  Buffalo  5   Boston  3   series tied 3-3
 4/24/1983  Boston  3   Buffalo  2   OT  Boston wins 4-3
1988 First Round
 Date Home Away  Series
 4/6/1988  Boston  7   Buffalo  3   Boston leads 1-0
 4/7/1988  Boston  4   Buffalo  1   Boston leads 2-0
 4/9/1988  Buffalo  6   Boston  2   Boston leads 2-1
 4/10/1988  Buffalo  6   Boston  5   series tied 2-2
 4/12/1988  Boston  5   Buffalo  4   Boston leads 3-2
 4/14/1988  Buffalo  2   Boston  5   Boston wins 4-2
1989 First Round
 Date Home Away  Series
 4/5/1989  Boston  0   Buffalo  6   Buffalo leads 1-0
 4/6/1989  Boston  5   Buffalo  3   series tied 1-1
 4/8/1989  Buffalo  2   Boston  4   Boston leads 2-1
 4/9/1989  Buffalo  2   Boston  3   Boston leads 3-1
 4/11/1989  Boston  4   Buffalo  1   Boston wins 4-1
1992 First Round
 Date Home Away  Series
 4/19/1992  Boston  2   Buffalo  3   Buffalo leads 1-0
 4/21/1992  Boston  3   Buffalo  2   OT  series tied 1-1
 4/23/1992  Buffalo  2   Boston  3   Boston leads 2-1
 4/25/1992  Buffalo  4   Boston  5   OT  Boston leads 3-1
 4/27/1992  Boston  0   Buffalo  2   Boston leads 3-2
 4/29/1992  Buffalo  9   Boston  3   series tied 3-3
 5/1/1992  Boston  3   Buffalo  2   Boston wins 4-3
1993 First Round
 Date Home Away  Series
 4/18/1993  Boston  4   Buffalo  5   OT  Buffalo leads 1-0
 4/20/1993  Boston  0   Buffalo  4   Buffalo leads 2-0
 4/22/1993  Buffalo  4   Boston  3   OT  Buffalo leads 3-0
 4/24/1993  Buffalo  6   Boston  5   OT  Buffalo wins 4-0
1999 Second Round
 Date Home Away  Series
 5/6/1999  Boston  4   Buffalo  2   Boston leads 1-0
 5/9/1999  Boston  1   Buffalo  3   series tied 1-1
 5/12/1999  Buffalo  3   Boston  2   Buffalo leads 2-1
 5/14/1999  Buffalo  3   Boston  0   Buffalo leads 3-1
 5/16/1999  Boston  5   Buffalo  3   Buffalo leads 3-2
 5/18/1999  Buffalo  3   Boston  2   Buffalo wins 4-2