I don’t know what to talk about first, the lack of ability to play in the first period, or the fact that the Buffalo Sabres have learned how to snatch victory out of the jaws of defeat.
For the second straight night, the Buffalo Sabres spotted their opponents a 3-0 lead before they started playing. For only the first time in the history of the franchise, they were able to win those back to back games. On a fluky goal in overtime, Derek Roy had a wide open net to shoot at as the Moose went behind the net to play a dump in, the puck took a funny bounce and landed right in front of the open net. Game over. The Sabres steal two points when they had no business to get one.
It is a good sign. The last two season have been plague with the inability to win games or even come close to winning games of this nature. Sabres of the past two seasons would have rolled over and died with the opponents third, second, or sometimes first goal.
It didn’t take drastic measures to spark the comeback this time, Ryan Miller stayed in net, and a mere line shuffle made the spark happen. Good old Lindy Ruff. Is there any question the only thing missing from his Amherst home is a Stanley Cup?
The odds that the Sabres can overcome a 3-0 deficit against Montreal are just slim to none, so lets hope the lengthy team meeting after the Thrashers game helps solve some of the first period woes.
The best part of last nights win, was it happened on a night when no one else in hockey was playing – so everyone got to see Buffalo say look out NHL, here we come.