So we’re all feeling good again, yes? After the 3-1 loss in Boston on Thursday night against the Bruins, the Sabres limped into – and out of – Ottawa to face the Senators on Saturday night. Buffalo was missing Thomas Vanek and Andrej Sekera, and had to finish the game without Patrick Kaleta and Matt Ellis, who told trainer Tim Macre, “I felt my knee pop”.
Yet, the Sabres clawed their way back from a one-goal deficit three different times, enroute to a 4-3 shootout victory.
Monday night, in overtime, against a Montreal Canadiens team basically playing for pride at this point, the Sabres again needed an extra session to bid Le bleu blanc et rouge “adieu”, with a 2-1 overtime victory, to keep pace with the Washington Capitals and remain two points out of 8th place in the Eastern Conference.
As a fan, I’m torn. Of course I want the Sabres in the playoffs this season. Nothing can touch playoff hockey, so it’s the best time of year in sports, bar none. And if nothing else, it extends Buffalo’s season by at least a week or two.
But I don’t want management to get this false sense of security when it comes to this roster, if it happens to claw it’s way into the playoffs. It’s still missing some pieces, while some other pieces (Derek Roy, possibly Drew Stafford and Sekera) need to go.
It really shouldn’t be any wonder why they’re in this dog-fight for 8th place at this point, given everything that’s gone on this season (injuries, lack of effort, emotion and/or heart). I didn’t expect them to be here, however. Yet, now that they’re here, I do see what we have, and I believe I know what we need.
The physical dimensions, proportions, magnitude, or extent of an object.
Indomitable spirit, courage, toughness or resolution.
Proficiency, facility, or dexterity that is acquired or developed through training or experience.
A professional ice-hockey team from the United States of America that may have one or the other of the above mentioned qualities or characteristics as a singularly distinguishing feature amongst each of it’s players, but not as a complete unit or package with regard to individual said player(s).
The proof of that last definition – which I pulled from the Elardo Encyclopedia of Hockey – has been on display in some of the best arenas around the continent for four years running.
In both 2007-08 and 2008-09, the Sabres failed to make the playoffs at all. Losing their top two centermen to free agency – and failing miserably to replace them since – all but derailed a franchise that was on the cusp of what may have been a championship caliber team.
Two years ago – and which has been a common theme since – the Bruins man-handled a soft, disinterested Sabres team in round one of the spring dance, which led to calls for change, both on the ice and off.
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Tags: Andrej Sekera Boston Bruins Christian Ehrhoff Cody Hodgson Drew Stafford Leino Marcus Foligno Mike Weber Montreal Canadiens Nathan Gerbe Optionit Ottawa Senators Patrick Kaleta Pittsburgh Penguins Regehr Roy Stafford Tyler Ennis Tyler Myers Vanek Washington Capitals