Yesterday the Sabres organization sent a message, and the team responded in kind. It does help that the team ran into a Montreal Canadiens team that is struggling, and not living up the hype of a centennial season.
Patrick Lalime made 38 saves in a game that started to look like Montreal was going to steam roll the Sabres, Lalime kept the team in the game long enough for the swords to get things started. Once they started, there was no holding them back as they rolled onto a 5-1 rout of the Canadiens. This marks Lalime’s first victory since taking over the number one job for an injured Ryan Miller, and first since mid December.
“It was only a matter of time before we got some goals,” said Lalime, who snapped an 0-5-1 skid and won his first game since Dec. 13. “It’s nice playing with a lead. It makes everybody’s job easier.”
It is a good start for a team that is trying to crawl back into a playoff spot, and that they did, moving back into ninth place, now only one point out of a playoff race. The next time the Sabres are in action, Mikael Tellqvist and Dominic Moore will be in the lineup, hopefully energizing the team even more. While Moore will have more of an impact on the team right away, Tellqvist could spell Lalime for a break against his former team, and offers the Sabres peace of mind if Lalime does need a night off.
While not a completely mistake free game, the team is once again ready to show its brilliant side, lets see how long this ride lasts, and if its good enough to make the playoffs.