Prince and the Pauper

The Buffalo Sabres came back in tonight’s hockey game in order to defeat the Los Angeles Kings 4-2.  Thats now three in a row at home, and three of their last 4 as wins – all against teams that are leading their division.

What is most interesting to me about the game, was the fact that the Los Angeles Kings left Bernier in the net, despite having the last 45 seconds of play take place in the Buffalo Sabres end of the rink.

Despite a rocky October, the Buffalo Sabres are using the month of November to really turn it around; as they now find themselves in the top eight, and look to cement their position in the playoff tier of teams.

This was no barn burner like the Tampa Bay Lightning and Philadelphia Flyers played last night, but it was an energetic affair that went back and forth all night long until the Sabres took the lead and kept it.

My question is this?  Where did games against the Western Conference turn into such energetic affairs?  October saw the Buffalo Sabres play the Dallas Stars and Chicago Blackhawks, this month it was Vancouver and Los Angeles, and the Buffalo Sabres played them like they were old foes, that fought it out on the ice of battle numerous times over the years; there were fights, goals, great saves and end to end action.

All I know is the team has circled the wagons and has turned it around for the time being.  I don’t think the monkey named October has been shrugged off the collective shoulders of this team just yet, but I do think that the team has definitely gotten a boost of energy that has sparked a winning string of games that has helped get the team back on the right track.

The Kings got no red carpet royalty treatment in Buffalo and now drop their third straight, despite their impressive 12-5 record.

Tomorrow night the Sabres play host to the Tampa Bay Lightning – another of the NHLs hottest teams.

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Topics: Andrej Sekera, Buffalo Sabres, Los Angeles Kings, Patrick Kaleta, Ryan Miller, Thomas Vanek

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