There is one advantage to playing on the road in the playoffs when you are the higher seed, there isn’t as much pressure for you to win.
Hopefully that bit will help the Sabres regain home ice advantage and the series lead in Boston on Monday night.
The Sabres will have to play Game three without talented goal scorer Thomas Vanek – who was their best player (non-goalie) in Game one, and probably could have been in Game Two if he hadn’t been injured.
The Sabres may have the services of Drew Stafford, who is attempting to comeback from a concussion received in the final Ottawa game of the season.
The Sabres could be in trouble if they can’t win in Boston – going down 3-1 to the stingy Bruins will make things very difficult to make it to the second round.
Without Vanek, the Sabres are going to lose a touch of offense as well as grittiness, as Vanek was noticeably winning battles in Game One.
Putting Game Two into perspective, Ryan Miller reiterated that you have to win four games, thankfully they don’t tell you what four to win. Sabres fans struggling to get on board with the team after the loss in Game two should take that into account – you can’t win them all, but you only have to win 16. In fact, no team has ever gone 16-0 en route to a Stanley Cup. I believe the best record for a Stanley Cup winner is held by the 91-92 Pittsburgh Penguins, who won the cup with an impressive 16-2 record.