Are you ready for the NHL season to be over with here in Buffalo? Good, becuause I am not either.
The Buffalo Sabres – a team of rag tag role players without a major star have won over the hearts and minds of Sabres Nation by being of of the best teams in the league since the start of the calender year. The fact that they have only lost two in a row once since the new ownership change is something that has been noticed. In the playoffs however, the lack of composure and leadership on this team is showing its true colors. Faults on defense and a lack of finish have plague this team at times. Penalty trouble and poor second periods have been the downfall many times this year, and during the current playoff run.
I would hate to see the playoffs come to a conclusion – but would not be surprised if they do. While it was nice to think of the Buffalo Sabres as the underdog Cinderella story this year; the Philadelphia Flyers have shown up and played their game, and have out matched the Buffalo Sabres. This series is far from over, given the fact that we are only sitting at game four of a best of seven series – but a loss tonight turns us from a contender to a one legged man in an ass kicking contest.
Tonight, the Buffalo Sabres need to feed off the energy of the crowd. They have to play a responsible game. They have to avoid the penatly box; and they have to play defensive hockey. At this point in this years playoffs, I would not care if they forced me to sit and watch New Jersey Devils 1990s style hockey, with a 1-0 outcome, as long as it was a Sabres victory. Sure, I would like them to take it to Philadelphia and score eight goals – but safe winning hockey is better than run and gun losing hockey this time of the year.
I hate the Philadelphia Flyers with a passion – and the sooner the Buffalo Sabres are rid of them the better – but if it takes seven games to beat them, so be it.