Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE

Final Seconds Kill Buffalo Sabres

Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE Your traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That the signpost up ahead -- your next stop, Hockey Heaven. Despite its differences, last night's game against the Colorado Avalanche was eerily similar to the Sabres previous contest against the Montreal Canadiens. A back and forth contest where teams traded goals, that ended with the Buffalo Sabres opponents scoring in the waning seconds of the third period. Montreal's Desharnais beat Ryan Miller with five seconds to go Monday night, and last night McGinn taps the puck past Miller with just 1.9 seconds remaining on the clock. There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to Sabres Fans. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of desperation, it is an area which we call, finishing the game.It's not that the Colorado Avalanche outplayed the Buffalo Sabres all night, in a contest that we had no business being in. Despite bing outshot in the second and third period, the Sabres buried their chances and kept the game close. It was a game filled with playoff emotion, because the two points on the line were huge, coming against a team from the opposite contest. Colorado was looking to break the logjam at eighth in the West, the Sabres trying to keep pace with the eight place teams in the East. You unlock this door with the key of desperation. Beyond it is another dimension, a dimension of sounds, a dimension of sights, a dimension of mind. You're moving intal a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas; you've just crosed over into the playoffs. If the Buffalo Sabres are still serious about making the playoffs this year, they need to finish games. There is no room for errors that caused both of the last two contests to enter into additional time. Thankfully in the case of both games, the extra points were not dolled out to teams that the Sabres were near in the standings, but giving away the extra point last night hurt the Sabres chances. Some good did come out of last nights game. The Tweet of the night: @ScottMCSS So far, the winner of the Kassian/Gragnani for Hodgson/Sulzer trade is...Marcus Foligno. I was actually happy for Foligno last night, and for my sister. Growing up her favorite player was "jumpin mike". She was at last nights game and was able to witness her first Foligno Leap live. Kudos to Marcus as well for being in the right places at the right times, and despite not getting credit for the hat trick goal, his presence in front of the net cause the tip past Varlamov that gave Sulzer his first goal as a Buffalo Sabre. I had almost wished that Marcus would jump after both his goals, not so much to see his father's legacy continued, that will be forever etched into the history of the Buffalo Sabres, but to see Milbury squirm about it. I hate NBC Sports broadcasts. Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE

I’m not real happy about that.  Don’t know what to say.  It’s two games in a row.  This time we got bit and we’ve got to be better next time (sic) –Ryan Miller. 

I know what you say Ryan, you go out there and tell your team that you have them.  You have control of the net.  Dominic Hasek did it all the time, and the team trusted him at his word, and most nights, more often than not, he was there to bail them out.  Where were you last night like you were Monday?  Monday you made a passionate plea to the team after they let Montreal tie it in the waning seconds, last night, it wasn’t there. 

With the loser point, the Sabres did gain ground on the Washington Capitals (leads Buffalo by three points), and some seperation from the Winnipeg Jets (trails Buffalo by one point), but both teams now have a game in hand on the Buffalo Sabres.    The Sabres now have two days off before they face off against the Florida Panthers on Saturday at 730PM.  The game in hand for both the Jets and the Capitals come Friday night, as they play each other.  The Sabres need that game to wrap up in regulation, and the Sabres need a Jets win.  While it will put the Jets ahead of the Sabres in the standings, it will keep the Caps in striking distance. 

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Tags: Bubble Buffalo Sabres Colorado Avalanche. Eastern Conference Florida Panthers Marcus Foligno Race Rod Serling Ryan Miller Stanley Cup Playoffs Sulzer Twilight Zone Washington Capitals Winnipeg Jets

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