Sunday, March 18, 2007

It's official! The Sabres are in the playoffs

With all the excitement and activities surrounding the NCAA tournament, we haven't posted an update on the Buffalo Sabres. Last we wrote, the Sabres had concluded a disastrous homsetand, going 0-3 with no points.

Turns out the time on the road was just what the team needed, but it could have been a completely different outcome had the team not roared back against Pittsburgh last Tuesday.

Down 4-2 and time running out, the Sabres got two late goals, including the tying goal by Chris Drury with mere seconds remianing. Buffalo eventually lost in a shootout, but considering the emotion in the buidling, where earlier in the day it was learned that the Penguins were staying put, it was a huge point.

From there, down to Florida, and the Sabres beat both the Panthers and the Lightning, with Ty Conklin and Ryan Miller both playing stellar games in goal. It was great watching the wide open style of play between Buffalo and Tampa Bay, the type of game that's fun to watch and where Buffalo excels.

Buffalo never led today in Atlanta, and as the game wore on the team seemed to run out of gas. Three games in three cities in 66 hours would tend to do that to any team. But an OT loss still means a point, and 6 out of 8 points makes for a good road trip.

The team has mathematically clinched a playoff spot, and are within striking distance of mathemetically finishing no worse than 5th. Now we need to cheer against New Jersey and Pittsburgh, and especially Ottawa in the points standings. Shag these three off and first seed in the conference is ours!

The team comes home Wednesday vs the all of a sudden hot Washington Capitals, and then Friday Leafsnation comes to Buffalo to cheer on Toronto. Pete's covering Wed; I'll be there Friday.

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