Sport: The French Connection

In professional sports, "expansion team" usually means pushover. The handy euphemism applies to a new franchise that is expected to spend the better part of a decade trying to "expand" an assortment of castoffs and apprentices into a respectable team. Not in Buffalo, however. In only their third year in the National Hockey League, the Buffalo Sabres have a chance to win a Stanley Cup play-off berth. There are three main reasons: Gilbert Perreault, Richard Martin and Rene Robert. Together they make up what Buffalo hockey fans call the "French Connection," the most...

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