Despite losing to Ottawa last night, the Sabres used the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight to seal a playoff spot for the first time in two years. This is great news for fans, because it means at least four to seven more games and the possibility of more. What hasn’t been solidified is what seed they will carry into the spring tournament, or who their opponent will be.
Now that the playoffs are a lock, its time to look at the Division. Its probably a safe bet that the Habs are not a danger to the Sabres securing one of the top three spots in the Eastern Conference. The Senators are going to do their best to unseat the Sabres as the top team in the East, but with only one game remaining against the Sens – and two games in hand with a five point lead, the Sabres should be able to add to the rafters again this season.
Tampa didn’t have a snow balls chance in hell in this game. Tyler Ennis showed the coaching staff that, come playoff time, hes going to be quite the help for this team (hell in one game he’s been more productive than Raffi Torres). With a fast first goal, and the ejection of Lecavalier (not the dirtiest spear ever, but enough of one to warrant the call) – the Sabres were well on their way.
Lost in the fact of clinching a playoff spot; Patrick Lalime gets his long sought after career win number 200. Other than a rocket of a shot from Downie..his 200th was almost a perfect game. While not tested much, he did have to make a few big saves to keep the Sabres ahead as much as they were.
Its not all easy sailing from here on out, Boston is up next on the list, and we still have first place to worry about.