I said it before, the Buffalo Sabres needed only play .500 hockey from now until the end of the year to wrap up the division. That translated to eight points. By defeating the Boston Bruins; the Sabres put Montreal out of contention, and increased their lead over Ottawa to seven points. They did all this without Connolly, Kennedy and Kaleta.
The team continued to surge towards wrapping up first place while learning what they were falling victim to numerous times during the year; its really tough to come from behind against good teams. The Sabres still have an impeccable record when scoring first; and a perfect record when they lead after two.
The Boston Bruins were able to draw first blood, but the Sabres refused to say quit. Not only did they rally back, but they got three in a row to take a 3-1 lead, successfully chasing Thomas from the net and playing out the night to a regulation victory.
One victory down, two points in the bank, just six more points to lock up first place in the division. Oh how nice it would be to have that wrapped up before travelling to Ottawa.