I sat here for a couple of hours thinking about how I was going to sum up the Sabres season in this post. We all know the season has only one game left after the New York Rangers officially eliminated the Sabres by beating the Flyers 2-1 at Madison Square Garden.
I decided that I'm not going to write that post tonight because we have the next couple of months to talk about everything that went wrong for the Sabres and what they need to do differently. Tonight is about a dominating effort, in a hostile environment, against the hottest team in the league.
Although it was a dominating performance by the Sabres, they needed a little bit of luck as well to beat the Canes 5-1. The Sabres generated almost no offense in the first period but managed a perfect 2-on-1 with Tim Connolly and Jason Pominville and Pominville rifled it over the shoulder of Cam Ward.
The second period was all Sabres as they forced the play and simply outworked the Canes. Matt Ellis scored the Sabres second goal and it was a perfect example of the hard work the Sabres put in. Jochen Hecht scored for Buffalo and Jason Pominville scored his second to basically put the game away in the second period.
Derek Roy scored his 28th goal of the season on a penalty shot after he was hooked on a shorthanded power play. The Sabres were holding on to a 5-0 lead and tried desperately to get Ryan Miller a shutout but Eric Staal scored a power play goal with just 30 seconds left in the game.
Rangers Continue to Haunt the Sabres
It was a 4-2 Sabres win against the Rangers on February 21 that sidelined Ryan Miller for over a month and a 4-2 loss to the Rangers two weeks ago that put the Sabres playoff hopes on life support. Tonight it was a 2-1 New York Rangers victory that officially ended the Sabres season.
The Sabres beat the Rangers three of the four times they played them but in the end the Rangers had the last laugh.
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The Sabres finish off the season with a home game against the Bruins. It is a special start time of 4PM on Saturday.