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A hat trick, seven goals, win No. 200 and a clinched playoff spot. All in all, a good night for the Buffalo Sabres. With a 7-1 blitzing of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Buffalo clinched a playoff berth for the first time in three seasons. After a tough loss to the Ottawa Senators Friday night, Buffalo roared back Saturday at HSBC Arena. Buffalo experienced deja vu. Tampa Bay experienced a recurring nightmare. Reminiscent of the game played just nine days earlier, Buffalo's offense exploded. A hat trick registered, a goaltender chased. Derek Roy notched his fourth NHL hat trick, Buffalo scored three goals with the man advantage and Patrick Lalime made 22 saves for his 200th NHL win. Without points leader Tim Connolly or agitator-extraordinaire Patrick ...

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