Sabres End Season - Onto Philadelphia

So it ends, another long and grueling NHL regular season.  Only this time, its not really over.

Getting first, the formalities out of the way, Mary from Fire That Cannon must now “tattoo” herself with the art and location of my choosing.  Not wanting to seriously damage her fandom, I went with the simple B logo we wore on our shoulders during the “slug” days.  Something to “brand” her a little bit in Sabres fashion. 

While it looked pretty bleak from October through December, if you take a look at the numbers the Buffalo Sabres ended this year only four points shy of how they won the division last year – a testament to how much better the Bruins and Canadiens were this year, as well as proof that this team was not as different this year as it was last.  The biggest difference is we are running into the post season with no expectations and in seventh place.  If you remember back to the memorable 1999 run to the Stanley Cup finals where we surprised many by making it to the finals – we entered as the seventh place team.

Look forward to season in review posts this coming week from all the writers here at Sabre Noise – as well as special pre-series information through a joint effort between the writers of this site and Broad Street Buzz.

There are not many teams that really scare me in this years playoffs, for the same reasons above.  I am very happy that the Buffalo Sabres have made the playoffs – but I have no expectations for them this year.  If they lose in the first round again, it gives Terry Pegula and his new ownership team a good comprehensive body of work from the guys that really want to be here, and those that are just cashing it.  I wouldn’t complain if we won a round or two, but this is the year we surprise them; the follow on ones are the years we beat them.

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