Detroit owns the Buffalo Sabres. There record over the last 18 games proves that – with 15-1-1 plus a tie; the dominant Red Wings were expected to continue their climb back to success this year.
The Sabres had other plans. They scored a quick goal to go up 1-0. When they allowed Detroit to tie it on the power play, I thought the game was going to start shifting towards Detroits favor.
And then the Sabres put on the gas. And what impressed me, is not the fact that the Sabres scored six goal against Detroit – is the fact that the Sabres never, never let up. Instead of falling back on the lead in the third, the Sabres outshot the Red Wings 11-10.
This is the game the Sabres needed to jump start their offense. The only down fall to tonights game, is they will lose their top player Thomas Vanek for weeks.
Fast start, Thomas Vanek injured, now all the Sabres need is for Tim Connolly to have a season ending injury and all will be right with the world.
The Sabres have plenty of time to dwell on what they did right tonight, as their next game is Friday night against the Islanders.