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Momentum Shift December 27, 2011

Posted by calvin in Uncategorized.
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That was a game last night to whet the post-Christmas appetite, and more importantly, to wake the Sabres from their slumber. With injury after injury piling on, the Sabres seemed to have gone into a deadly tailspin and finally pulled themselves out of it with a dominating first period performance. November was a rough month with injuries, and December has been miserable on the scoreboard too. Playing against the Washington Capitals this season seems to be the panacea for the Sabres, and last night was no different either.

Jochen Hecht and Brad Boyes returned from injury and their experience has been sorely lacking. Make no mistake, the kids have done more than alright in their time up here, but we need the steadying hand that some of the veterans provide as well. The forward lines are starting to look NHL-calibre once again, and played like it too last night. Four quick goals in the first period had the Sabres comfortably in the lead and they cruised for most of the game, short of some time in the third period as the Caps attempted to mount a comeback (Sabres Capitals highlights).

The next couple of games – Devils and Caps on the road will provide an accurate barometer of whether the Sabres are well and truly playing better, or yesterday was just another flash of potential with the team mired in inconsistency.

NB: Love how physical the Sabres have been.. and really enjoyed Robyn Regehr bodyslamming Alex Ovechkin into the boards behind the goal!

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