It’s going to be a long end of the season – everyday the standings are going to look different as there are now three teams in the hunt for the final playoff spot. The Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, and Atlanta Thrashers. The Sabres have games in hand against every team in front of them. Florida Panthers sit just below the Buffalo Sabres and mathematically still find themselves in the hunt, but realistically they would need a meltdown of apocolyptical proportions to make the playoffs, which makes their playoff drought almost biblical, but not yet Bills-like. Maybe the Panthers need new uniforms that resemble their Guardian in order to change their ways in South Florida.
The Sabres faced them same Panthers last night, and despite wanting to dig my eyes out with a spoon for most of the game, the Sabres in the waning seconds of overtime were propelled to victory on the heels of a Tyler Myers slap shot that bulleted bast Vokoun for the game winning goal in overtime, with 4.5 seconds left. Despite earning the losing point, Florida’s slide backwards in the standings continue.
Buffalo on the other hand, is surging since the calender flipped over to 2011, only having lost five times since the start of January, going 12-4-1. Not bad considering this is the same team that could not manage to pull .500 out the first three months of the season. If you live in the past, you are doomed to repeat it. It’s that simple. The Buffalo Sabres of 2010 were a miserable, sorry bunch of hockey players that didn’t deserve the time of day. The 2011 Buffalo Sabres however are a hot commodity right now, and teams should think twice before they send their back up goaltender in because “its only the Sabres”.
The win over Florida was also the first time this season they were able to string together three wins in a row. The Buffalo Sabres will be looking for their next win tomorrow afternoon against the Islanders. Much like the Florida Panthers, the Islanders owned the Buffalo Sabres the first two times they played them, but here’s hoping that our first four game winning streak comes on the day after we got to celebrate our first three game winning streak.