Sabres Shutout Canadiens

How do you respond to losing a game to the Nashville Predators in the final minutes of regulation the way you did on Sunday?  You storm the barns in Montreal and shut them out.  Plain and simple.

Montreal didn’t make it really hard on the Buffalo Sabres, who unleashed the fury of Nathan Gerbe on the Montreal team.  Montreal kept the game to the middle of the ice –  and Buffalo was there to disrupt their game – and the Habs definitely looked like a team that was looking beyond tonight’s game. 

The Buffalo Sabres are not in a position to be looking past games this time of the year, and that could help them come playoff time.  While not a lock for the final eight yet, with each win they are moving closer to settling in as a contender.

Not much movement in the Eastern Conference tonight, as all the teams that needed to win won, well with the exception of the Montreal Canadiens.  The Hurricanes beat the Senators in order to keep pace with the Sabres.  A loss tonight would have seriously hurt their chances.  The Buffalo Sabres did the Rangers a solid tonight, as now the Rangers move closer to the Canadiens.  A strong run by the Sabres and a continued weak performance by the Habs could have the Sabres staring down the barrel at sixth place.

Realistically the Buffalo Sabres will be entering the playoffs as the seventh or eighth seed, a monumental achievement especially when you look at the type of hockey we were playing in October and November.  You don’t make the playoffs in the fall, but you sure can miss the playoffs because of your play, and we have almost done that a slump at this point will keep us out of eighth.

I had the great pleasure of being able to rub a little salt in the wound of tonights victory to Habs Talk Radio – joining JD for the second period of their post game show.  While we broke down tonights game a little bit we took a hard look at the rest of the season.  If Terry Pegula ever decides its a good time to fire Lindy Ruff, you can bet that the Montreal Canadiens would be first in line to pick up the longest tenured coach in the NHL.

Nine games remaining – not an easy stretch of games by any length of words, but not an impossible task.  Control your own destiny.  You are in a position that you win your games, you get your two points, you make the playoffs.  It doesn’t matter if Carolina wins as long as you win.  That Carolina game could be very important, and could be the straw that breaks the back of one of these teams.  I am still hoping they wave the white flags of defeat in Carolina long before then.

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