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Buffalo Has Plenty of Decisions

There’s always next year. The infamous phrase heard around Buffalo has been said again this year after the Sabres were knocked out in the first round to end the season. Fans in Buffalo were disappointed again after what looked like a promising season. The Sabres made the playoffs for the first time since winning the President’s Trophy in 2007, but were then bounced out by the Bruins in round one. A well-played season with impressive performances from Tyler Myers and Ryan Miller gave the city of Buffalo plenty of reason to believe that the team would succeed in the postseason. After all, the Sabres earned home-ice advantage with the #3 seed, and were 25-10-6 at HSBC Arena. It did...

Good Idea to Keep Ruff and Regier?

Many fans were already hoping that Darcy Regier and Lindy Ruff would not return next season due to the first round loss against the Bruins. As almost every Sabres fan knows, Ruff is the longest tenured coach in the NHL, beginning his coaching career with Buffalo back in 1997. I don’t understand why so many people want him out of the Sabres’ front office. The Sabres have made the playoffs seven out of 12 seasons with Ruff behind the bench. They have made it to the Finals once, which ended on a controversial call. I believe Ruff has performed well, especially making mediocre teams look better. Ruff won the Jack Adams Award in the 2005-2006 season and was again nominated for it aft...

Momentum Shift?

The Sabres made it look easy Friday against as they defeated the Bruins 4-1 at HSBC Arena. The crowd was electrifying the entire time and chants of “tuuuuuuuuka” emerged quickly after Rask allowed a goal on the first shot. Unlike the other games in this series, the Sabres didn’t let up. They added another in the first period, then one more in the second. A late rally was all the Bruins could hope for, but Tyler Ennis finished them off as he dove to put the puck in the empty net. It was amazing to see so many fans still believe in this team while being down three games to one. A Friday night home game in a must-win situation was the way to do it. It would have been such a heart-br...

Congrats to the Sabres

The Sabres have passed the 100 point threshold, and that is truly a remarkable accomplishment. I’ve ragged on this team all season long. I, more than anyone else, have been very critical of this Sabres squad. Yet, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m truly impressed at what this team has done. They’re bringing playoff hockey back to Buffalo after all these years. Finally, on those wonderful spring nights of the post season, I’ll have my home team to root for. Congrats on an awesome season, Sabres: Miller, you’ve bee nothing short of phenomenal all season long. During your Olympic run with Team USA, you awed an entire continent. Watching you mind your net has been a treat ...

Vanek Scores 4 In Beating Of Ottawa

Sabres Leave Ottawa With Two Points This was the final meeting of the season between these teams, and Ottawa has won the first five. Ever since the brawl back in 2007, the Senators have had the Sabres number. Buffalo is fighting for the second spot in the Conference, so a win tonight was important. These two teams could also meet in the second or third round of the playoffs. Going 0-6 against the Senators wouldn’t give Sabres fans much confidence going into a seven game series. In the first period, Drew Stafford took a huge hit from Andy Sutton and was on the ice for a while. He left the game with an upper body injury and did not returned. There has been no work on the extent of t...

Careless Sabres Fall to Bruins

Buffalo headed to Boston Thursday night to take on the Bruins, who have won three out of the five meetings coming in. Each team gained six points in those five games. The Sabres were coming off of a 5-2 in which they clinched the Northeast Division. The Bruins came into Thursday with a one point lead over the Rangers for eighth place. The Sabres have had a rough time against Bruins rookie Tuukka Rask, who leads the league with a 1.99 GAA and has gone 3-1-0 with a 1.52 GAA against Buffalo. His success continued Thursday as he only allowed one goal on 30 shots. Derek Roy started the scoring with a breakaway goal to put the Sabres up 1-0. Nathan Gerbe and Drew Stafford assisted on the ...

Sabres Clinch Northeast Division

The stage was set and everything was in place Tuesday night for the Sabres to clinch the Northeast Division. Buffalo had taken two out of the first three meetings this season, but the Rangers were expected to be desperate for points. Buffalo gave New York a severe blow by defeating them 5-2, making it look easy. The Rangers tied the game at two, but that was all they could do. Lindy Ruff stated that Buffalo was going to play well and they did just that. The Sabres put on the pressure and the Rangers couldn’t score. Perhaps it was the man in net for the Sabres that won the game. Ryan Miller made 30 saves to earn his 40th win of the season. Miller also made arguably the save of the yea...

Playoffs: To Win or Not To Win

That is the question! For the first time since 2006-2007, the Buffalo Sabres will reach the post season. They are on their way to clinching the Northeast Division (albeit a weak one), and Olympic All Star goalie Ryan Miller can pass the 40 win mark for the first time in his career. But how will this team fare in the playoffs? That is the big question. No team in the Eastern Conference with a playoff berth this year has a bigger question mark next to them than the Buffalo Sabres. The top 8 teams in the East have all been staples in the post season for the past few seasons. More or less, spectators know what to expect. But it's the Sabres that leave me stumped. Realistically, I thi...

Can Buffalo Perform Better?

The Sabres currently sit third in the Eastern Conference, although they are not far behind New Jersey for second, who they trail by just a point. Buffalo is well on its way to the playoffs, but some people don’t expect them to go very far. Is there room for improvement on the Sabres team? Normally, a team that finishes third in the Conference would seem to be a good bet to go deep into the playoffs. This year, people have their eyes focused on Washington, Pittsburgh, and New Jersey in the East. So how can the Sabres improve their game to compete with the top-caliber teams? The new playing style that Lindy Ruff utilized has worked this season with the Sabres and some fans are now sayi...

Sabres Deny Boston Of Comeback

The Sabres came into Boston coming off of a 7-1 victory over Tampa Bay two nights before. The Sabres were without Thomas Vanek, Tim Connolly, Raffi Torres, and Patrick Kaleta. Head Coach Lindy Ruff wasn't worried a bit about the team. He had confidence in the players that were recalled from Portland. Nathan Gerbe, Tyler Ennis, and Mark Mancari all be replaced the injured Sabres as Buffalo tried to find a way to beat Boston. The Bruins won three out of the first four meetings this season. Marco Sturm had the first chance of the game to put his team on the board after drawing a penalty shot. He was hooked down by Craig Rivet while on a breakaway, but was unable to beat Ryan Miller on ...