Friday, April 23, 2010

And then there were Fifteen

On this nice Spring day, there now are 15 teams remaining in the Cup chase. With the Devils bowing out in a wimper a third straight year on home ice to the dreaded Flyers, it really boggles. More on this later.

Tonight, it's the Sabres' turn to stave off elimination against the equally loathed Bruins. To quote Mel Gibson's William Wallace in Braveheart, "Will you fight?" Hopefully coming off a heartbreaking double overtime loss to Miro Satan, they will show a lot more than New Jersey did. Buffalo isn't the only team facing elimination with Montreal about to fizzle out against Ovechkin's Caps, who have stormed back to take three straight. Since that three-goal Game 2 comeback, they've answered the bell. San Jose also answered it the past two games with a Game 4 win in OT thanks to Joe Pavelski and a 5-0 Game 5 statement yesterday.

Lindy Ruff's crew will again be minus top threat Thomas Vanek, who's nursing a high ankle sprain. Got a text from Bri that Nathan Gerbe is in tonight. It's up to Derek Roy, Jason Pominville and Tim Connolly to step up. All have had disappointing series. You know Ryan Miller will be ready. Will his teammates have his back?


Hasan said...

Actually it's the fourth straight year we lost our last game on home ice, including the second round Game 5 loss to Ottawa in 2007, the last game ever at the CAA.

Buffalo really got screwed with the Vanek injury.

Derek Felix said...

ah yes true i was just thinking in terms of Rock crazy

Hasan said...

Of course Buffalo and every other team down 3-1 shows infinitely more heart than the Devils. Yet nothing's going to change other than losing Kovy and probably Martin too. God, it's going to be a long offseason.

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