Hockey players have long memories and definitely have a good enough memory to recall when Buffalo Sabres netminder Ryan Miller was plowed over by Boston Bruins Milan Lucic earlier in the year, sparking a media frenzy over the cowardliness of the Sabres. It seems the Sabres were doing good record wise before that point, but have fallen down to near bottom of the Eastern Conference. Perhaps all that media attention was too much.
Last night saw the Bruins at the Sabres. Sabres Head Coach Lindy Ruff was not behind the bench after breaking a rib earlier in the week to a freak accident in practice. Sabres fans were worried.
Have no fear for Ryan Miller and the Sabres stepped up their game, nearly unrecognizable to the Sabres of late, but more to the Sabres that were expected to play this year. The final score, 6-0 in favor of the Sabres. Miller was solid, Tyler Ennis, Ville Leino, Jason Pominville and Andrej Sekera all had two point nights, and Lucic of the Bruins had a target on him all night long.
The two teams went back to old-time hockey; three fights and four 10-minute game misconducts assessed. It’s good to know the Sabres still have some fight left in them and that playoff hockey is around the corner.