The Beginning, Not The End

This is, frankly, amazing to me.  I AGAIN wrote this team off completely, still cheering for them, but kind of hoping they’d get an awesome draft pick and clean house.  They made some solid deadline moves, pulling in a great player for the future, getting another 1st round pick, and so on.  How could I know that Ryan Miller would start throwing down shutouts left and right?  That Ville Leino and Brad Boyes would light up the scoresheet in the one game where he didn’t?  And these are not bad teams being beaten either, with Boston, Vancouver and San Jose all falling to Buffalo recently.  A healthy defense, secondary scoring to pick up the team when Vanek and Pominville are scuffling…this is what we thought we had all along.  You all know by now that the Sabres can get at least a share of 8th place tonight, by beating Winnipeg in regulation.  It may not last, but even so – they matter in this race now.  What had been simply ‘not mathematically eliminated’ is now something much more possible.  It’s quite a ride, and I’m glad I get to see them in person (as a fan, not with my ‘Serious Blogger Face’ on) against Montreal next week.  Buckle up.

2 Replies to “The Beginning, Not The End”

  1. Getting healthy and having Ryan Miller playing like it was 2008 are obviously the two biggest factors in this road trip resurgence. It may be too late, but if not, better than wallowing in 14th place.

    Nice to be back in the conversation. The east, to me, is still Boston’s to lose. No reason we can’t get hot and make a run as teams like OTT, NJ and WSH are just as susceptible to falling apart as they are at getting hot. It’s nice to look forward to games again, isn’t? Remember getting hammered at DET, CHI & PHI was just 3-4 weeks ago.

    1. Absolutely. I remember not even wanting to try to find the games when they were off my cable. This is so much more fun, which is kind of the point. 😀

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