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Sabres 2 Rangers 1 OT: Kaleta Does More Than Hit People

Patrick Kaleta and Adam Mair were the unlikely heroes for the Buffalo Sabres in a game where offense was tough to come by. Mair scored the first goal of the game with under seven minutes left in the game and Patrick Kaleta was the overtime hero, scoring the winning goal by jamming it by the right goal post.

The game played out exactly the way you would expect when Ryan Miller is playing at one end and Henrik Lundqvist is in the other net. Miller made 35 saves and Lundqvist made 30. The Sabres offensive players couldn't solve Lundqvist but the fourth liners found away to put the puck in the net.

The Sabres play in the last two games was less than spectacular but the end result is four points and I couldn't be happier. While the team has not played well, they are gaining confidence with every win. The skeptics will point out the mistakes the team made but when Ryan Miller is goal and the fourth line role players are contributing the Sabres can build some momentum and regain confidence as the playoffs draw closer.

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Final Thoughts
  • Many people are looking for Raffi Torres to make an immediate impact but don't worry. He is not the type of player that will come in and be the best player on the ice but he does some of the little things the Sabres were lacking. Don't judge his play on statistics because he will contribute at some point.
  • Ryan Miller proved once again why he is one of the best goalies in the world. He was fantastic again and every time he is between the pipes, the Sabres have a chance to win.
  • The Sabres are now two points ahead of the Ottawa Senators and they have two games in hand. A couple more wins by the Sabres and the Sens will be left to fight for the fourth or fifth seed.