If you asked Gene Hackman what the Sabres needed after the first period to win this game, he would have said three words…
You need heart.
That my friends, is why the Sabres won tonight. The Pittsburgh Penguins have nothing to prove, they won the Stanley Cup. What more does the team need? The kids on that team need an awakening – you don’t last in this league just because you won one cup. Gretzky wasn’t the greatest because he won ONE cup. OK, I am done with the cheesy movie quote from a cheesy movie.
The Sabres did it again. The rally cry of this team in the locker room after tonights game has to be “WHO NEEDS A FIRST PERIOD”. Well guys, your not going to get lucky every time. Usually playing 40 minutes of catchup hockey will take a toll on the team. But right now, not this team. You can almost see Lindy Ruff before the third period of the last two games….
Great moments… are born from great opportunity…..
Ok, so not every game the Sabres come from behind in feels the way it did the night the USA finally beat the Russians in the 1980 Olympics, but I couldn’t resist another cheesy movie quote (actually using the quote, I like the movie).
And what can I say about Patrick Lalime, other than, hey buddy, I can’t take back all the terrible things I said about you, (at the time you did deserve them) – but thanks for being there tonight. The team needed you huge.
Miller was pulled after allowing three goals; I can’t say they were all Miller’s fault, the bounces were just not going his way. While he probably will agree with me, although he will own up for it; his reaction in the tunnel said it all – if you didn’t see it, I can sum it up in just a few words “This is bullshit”. I don’t know what the team needed more, seeing their Olympic caliber goalie yanked because of the effort they were putting forth, or the mini temper tantrum Miller threw while taking off his gear.
Lindy Ruff proved again, why he has the longest tenure coaching job in the league. Drew Stafford, after being benched one night, is rewarded with a penalty shot goal, and a three point night.
The Sabres defense did a wonderful job of covering up on Crosby and Malkin; Malkin was left off the score sheet, while Crosby only managed an assist.
The Sabres close out 2009 with a victory. The actual midpoint of the season comes Sunday at 3 PM, as the Sabres take on the Canadiens, up next first however is a New Years Day contest with Max Afinogenov and the Atlanta Thrashers.