One down; six to go

….or two down twelve to go, depending on how you want to look at it.

Patrick Kaleta lived up to the hype that I gave him, he had a couple of good hits, drew a penalty,  got punched in the face, and scored a goal.

The Sabres relied on something to win the game, that almost got them into trouble all night long.  Penalties.  An overtime powerplay gave the Sabres the man advantage needed to beat the Thrashers, but in the first sixty minutes of play, Tallinder (2), Lydman, Gausted, Butler (2),  and Kennedy (2) all gave Atlanta the ability to come back, and almost win the game.

The Sabres had one thing over the Thrashers however, and that was Ryan Miller.  Again he kept the Sabres in the game long enough for them to win it.  Why do you think the Sabres are winning while their leading goal scorer has nine goals?

Probably the biggest story of the night however, was the attendance in the building.

“This is a good building to play in,” Roy said. “It’s kind of quiet.”

For the ninth time in 22 home games, the Philips Arena was host to less than 12,000 fans.  A quick scan across the crowd saw a lot of empty seats, and plenty of blue and gold jerseys dotted in the sparse crowd.

If you take your mind back in time to when Flames were popular in Atlanta, one of the reasons behind moving the team to Calgary was the lack of attendance.  Might the city of Atlanta be the first team in the history of sports to lose two professional sports teams in the same league?

I do have one positive thing to say about the Thrashers, I did kind of enjoy the new third jerseys.  I am thinking that I like the alternate jerseys worn tonight over the “home” blues that the team wears.  But at the same time, I also want home teams to wear white again!

The Sabres have one brief night off in order to travel back to New York, but not home.  They face the Islanders Saturday night, before embarking on a West Coast trip that includes stops in Pheonix, Vancouver, Anaheim, San Jose, and Los Angeles.  The Sabres are not home again until January 27th against New Jersey.

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