Despite beating Ryan Miller on two occasions tonight, the Florida Panthers had for all intents and purposes, rolled over and waited for someone to pet their head. Realizing the likely hood of the playoffs was a little to far fetched, the Panthers were not even up to the task of trying to play spoiler, as they allowed an injury depleted Buffalo Sabres to steamroll to within four points of capturing the Northeast Divisioin title.
With the win, the Sabres accomplished a couple of things. Ryan Miller now has 39 wins on the season, one shy of a career high, and he has enough games left to set a new personal best as well as be the franchise record.
Raffi Torres did not find the net, however he did have three helpers in the game. His most productive game as a Sabre, lets just hope its not his last.
Sabres rookies have proven over the last stretch that many of them are ready for the NHL. Tyler Kennedy, after starting the season slow, and disappearing for much of the season, he has shown up with some fire and passion lately. Tyler Myers continues to prove he is worthy of the Calder Memorial Trophy. Tyler Ennis has made it very difficult for the Sabres to send him back to Portland.
Most importantly, the Sabres are now two wins away from wrapping up the division title. With 10 days and four games before they are set to face the Ottawa Senators again, the division could all be but wrapped up before the Sabres have to trek to the Canadian capital.
Not that I would want to lose three out of the next four games, but how great would it be if the Sabres clinched the division against Ottawa – how sweet that would be. But then again, a meaningless game against Ottawa might be just the trick for the Sabres to shrug that monkey off their back.