The Buffalo Sabres proved tonight why they were the division winners, and how Boston’s offensive woes should have looked all season.
It took a Lindy Ruff shakeup of the lineup (benching Torres and losing Hecht and Vanek to injury) – and the Bruins finally succumbed to the Sabres talent.
With the extra day off before game six, the Sabres might get Thomas Vanek back into the lineup – which may help energize the team even more.
The pressure is now even more on the Bruins to win at home. Much like tonight, the Sabres can let it all hang out and have fun – to see if they can’t force a game seven and bring the party back to Buffalo. (Isn’t it more fun when they go to seven games anyways?)
It is pretty bad when you are re-inventing your team in the first round of the playoffs, as Tyler Ennis, Nathan Gerbe, and Cody McCormick were not staples of this hockey club, but are definitely helping them surge and keep this series alive.
I have to say, I cringed when we scored first, cringed when we went up 2-0, and only breathed a slight sigh of relief when we went up 3-0. I had to reach for the pepcid when the Bruins were able to put one in on the power play. (Has anyone seen the Sabres PP – still 0 for everything). I wasn’t even sure the game was over when the loud speakers opened up with a little “Sweet Caroline”; but figured the game was in hand – might as well let it be.
Its going to be a long weekend anticipating Monday nights game, but at least we can still dream of hockey for one last weekend (at least).