I went to the Sabres/Canadiens game on Monday, and I thought I’d comment about the issue everyone is talking about (while they distract themselves from a stressful playoff run). I had zero problems with the crowd or the noise they made. Did it get quiet during play? Yeah, but *I* get quiet during play – I’m watching! I know I made a joke about it, but it’s true. Let me turn this around: those of you who think we should make noise the whole game, what exactly are we doing? Random cheering? Constantly trying to chant (even if no one is joining in)? I’m serious, what do you want to hear? I thought we were plenty loud at the right times.
The other aspect of it was whether or not we were cheering Gomez’s injury. I saw Myers hit him, and it didn’t look like a clean hit to me from the start, though the size difference can make that hard to judge at full speed. I’m not surprised he got dinged though three games is a bit much for a non-repeat offender to me. The Sabres have a history with Scott Gomez (the Miller injury – and another ‘lack of response’, painful memory there) so it’s not surprising that fans would be less than sympathetic with him being injured, but it’s not like it was being greatly cheered or anything. Montreal media needs to remember that a few bad apples on Twitter don’t make a fanbase. Just like a few Habs fans who flip over and burn cop cars after a playoff win don’t make up theirs.
We have to hope at this point that the Sabres can rally without Myers (who has been more and more productive lately, including the game-winner against the Habs) and keep rattling off wins to try and get ahead of Washington or Florida. Sekera is still out, and Sulzer has been playing well in his stead, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Brayden McNabb is back in. See you at 7:30pm for Colorado.