Typically the last day of the regular season is not one that has too many playoff implications. This year the Sabres were involved in one of them, as their final game against the New Jersey Devils was between division champions for second and third place.
Ill timed penalties to Montador and Grier sealed the deal for the Sabres, as the five on three pinned them in their own end long enough for the Devils to count the clock down low enough to get the game into overtime, giving the Devils at least one point.
Knowing they needed the regulation win, Patrick Lalime was summoned to the Sabres bench for the “extra” attacker and the Devils punched in a slap shot on the empty net to seal the deal and lock the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
Detroit’s 3-2 overtime win over the Blackhawks solved the Western Conference riddle.