You lose the Gold and are given Silver. You win the Bronze. The Buffalo Sabres will hit the ice tomorrow against the Pittsburgh Penguins with some silver and Bronze on their side.
Ryan Miller was the best player in the tournament for his team, and has a Silver medal to show for it. Despite being given a Silver in Turin, Tony Lydman is happy his team won Bronze.
Its no surprise that Jochen Hecht returns without a medal, and Andrej Sekera was close to replacing Lydman as the Sabres bronze medal. Despite taking the Gold in 2006, Tallinders Sweden was unable to make the medal round.
The trouble for the Sabres is, Miller will have to dress for the Pittsburgh game, even if he doesn’t start. Miller is one Olympian who needs the rest after the long tournament. Lalime does not do well after sitting for long periods, and well, hasn’t played since February 6th. Lalime hasn’t won since December 29, when he beat Pittsburgh. Which might be a good sign.
Given his latest ventures in net, Ryan Miller could very well see the crease tomorrow night in Pittsburgh, doing something he didn’t have to do all that often in Vancouver, and thats play from behind. In fact, now that I think about it, it only happened once, and he still managed overtime in that game.
The Sabres need to have the focus of the entire team, and they may not have that until after the trade deadline. The players know the team has got to get better, its just a matter of management pulling the trigger. The locker room could look different when the Sabres suit up against Philadelphia.
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