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Stanley Cup notebook: Zubrus - Buffalo was the best tema that I had been on
30 мая 2016 года. Harrington, Mike. Buffalo News

Veteran Sharks forward Dainius Zubrus got to the final as a rookie in 1997 with Philadelphia and needed to wait until 2012 with New Jersey to get back. Now he's got a third shot at a Cup after losing in the first two series. What's the biggest regret of his career? The 2007 Sabres.

Zubrus was former General Manager Darcy Regier's chief trade deadline acquisition that year and he played a key role in shutting down Jaromir Jagr as the Sabres held off the New York Rangers in a six-game, second-round series. But the Sabres' Presidents Trophy season ended with a disappointing five-game loss to Ottawa in the Eastern Conference final.

"The Buffalo team to be honest with you I think at the time it was the best team that I had been on," said Zubrus, 37. "It's hard to say why we didn't go further than we did. That team was very balanced. There was a lot of skill, a lot of speed, our six 'D' were as good as anybody really, our goaltending too. For whatever reason, we lost to Ottawa. They played good, won a couple games at out home in overtime, we gave them some power plays and that was it for us."

Zubrus had four goals and four assists in 19 games for the Sabres in 2007. He had eight assists but no goals while appearing in 15 playoff games that spring. He has played in only nine of San Jose's 19 playoff games this spring. Zubrus' 2012 Devils were a No. 6 seed in the East and lost the Cup final to Los Angeles, which was No. 8 in the West that season.

"We had talent in New Jersey but you have to play well at the right time," Zubrus said. "Buffalo was the top team. You just never know about getting to the final. It's so hard to win a series. And never mind winning a game, you're just trying to win a shift. Get momentum, get into the offensive zone."

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