We all knew this coming and we were told to expect it but to actually see it unfold on the ice is a different story. Fans of the Buffalo Sabres were told to buckle up as the Sabres were entering a rocky rebuild and although we joked about it all offseason and through training camp, fans are beginning to realize this suffering thing isn’t a lot fun.
As the Sabres sit 0-3 after a painful loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the theme of the night on twitter seemed to be suffering. There was talk about the suffering that would need to be endured while the rookie learned the game and talk about how despite only being 3 games in, this is going to be a long season full of suffering and painful hockey for fans.
To be honest it has been a rough start to the Sabres season. Fans have had to suffer through three games in which the goaltenders bailed out the rest of the team as they managed just 2 goals. From rookie mistakes, weak defencive plays, little offence and a non-existent powerplay this team has been hard to watch.
But amidst the suffering of a 0-3 start there have been positives you can look at. The Sabres started the season against arguably 3 of the best teams in the East and they didn’t do too badly. A one-goal game against the Red Wings, who saw that coming? Another one-goal game against the Ottawa Senators in which both Ryan Miller and Craig Anderson put on a goaltending clinic. Was it a tough loss sure, but it was one heck of a game to watch. The worst loss of the opening three games came against the Pittsburgh Penguins who have enough talent to ice a team for the Sabres. The Penguins are a force to be reckoned with and the Sabres are a young rebuilding team and we only allowed three goals against (I know it was 4-1 but one was an empty net). So there are positives to take away if you look deep enough and their next game against Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning will be a real test.
Other positives to look at. Ryan Miller has been on fire playing with vengeance, Zemgus Girgensons has been the best player through the first three games, Jhonas Enroth didn’t look half bad in Pittsburgh and Tyler Myers is beginning to play solid defence again.
Is an 0-3 start what fans had hoped for? No. This team is a bit painful to watch and the suffering has officially begun but there are positives to find in the midst of suffering. This is going to be an exciting team to watch and the goaltenders will need to bail them out night after night but I can guarantee you they won’t go 0-82 and will at some point score a powerplay goal. Right now the future seems to hold lots of suffering for the Buffalo Sabres, but we all knew this was coming and although it doesn’t make things any easier at least you can take comfort in “suffering” becoming the new Buffalo Sabres mantra this season.
Suffering isn’t nearly as fun as it sounds #Sabres
— BDbills (@BDbills) October 5, 2013
Just remember you can find other Sabres fans on twitter to suffer with so at least you won’t have to suffer alone this season and if you’re feeling really down about the suffering, try to pick out some of the positives. I promise you there will be at least one positive you can take from every game.
Are you ready to suffer through the season? Is this suffering too much for you? What do you think of suffering becoming the theme for the Sabres this season? Let me know below!