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Wide right! No goal! Now locked out

Originally Published: October 25, 2004
By Don Barone | ESPN.com

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Construction debris. Northeast tumbleweeds.

A 40-mph wind. Rain with a name, "lake-effect rain," as Buffalo's TV weather guys call it. It's raining sideways. The conditions couldn't possibly be worse. Anywhere.

It begins to hail. Then thunder.

The hockey gods do not want us here, in the empty parking lot of the HSBC Arena, Buffalo Sabres land. It's 7:30 p.m., plus nine minutes. That's when the Sabres' PR department said the puck hits the ice for the opening faceoff.

Not ...

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