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Game #60 Recap: The Night Pigs Flew In Buffalo

02/25/11
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Mike Grier scored on a breakaway. The Sabres scored an empty-net goal to seal the deal. Holy f$%k.

It wasn’t an easy game at times. Despite the Sabres dominating the stats sheet, they dipsy-doodled around against a banged-up, patchwork Senators squad and almost choked the game away. It shows the growing mental fortitude in the dressing room that they didn’t.

McCormick, Kaleta, Miller, Montador, and Weber all had great games. It was one of Weber’s best games this season, to be frank. Leopold inarguably did not. In fact, it was possibly Leopold’s worst game as a Sabre yet. Thomas Vanek, prior to his empty-net goal, had a great two-way game off of the scoresheet. He had a few defensive plays that belie his growing role as a leader on and off the ice. The A seems to be energizing him for sure.

The Sabres need to be mentally composed and finish their chances in tomorrow’s game against the Red Wings. Season in and season out, Detroit rolls over teams with silky-smooth ease. A win is absolutely necessary to remain in playoff contention with both the Rangers (6-0 over the Capitals) and Hurricanes (4-1 over the Penguins) winning tonight already and Atlanta at least earning another point by losing in the shootout.

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