Monday, April 19, 2010

Bruins Take Series Lead Over Sabres

Ever since we here at TBC decided to pick a hockey team and roll with them, we've been waiting for one day. The day when we could go to our local sports bar, wear our newly purchased Buffalo Sabres sweaters, and root on the Sabres to a victory. That day was supposed to be Monday night, although instead of us celebrating we watched the Sabres fall 2-1 to the Boston Bruins, and they now trail Boston in the series two games to one.

Apparently, the reason that the Sabres lost is because "they ran out of legs", at least that's what I was told at least ten times by the drunk guy who sat next to me during the third period, which was about thirteen minutes before he passed out face first at the bar. While I guess he is right - the Sabres did look exhausted and outplayed for most of this game - it's hard to believe a guy who told me that he once met former hockey coach Mike Keenan and got his autograph on a napkin in Salt Lake City, although he has since lost the napkin and can't remember why he was in Salt Lake City in the first place.

Their were two main reasons why the Sabres lost this game. One was because without Jordan Hecht and Thomas Vanek in the lineup due to injury, the Sabres really didn't have anyone that could score. Mike Greer got the game's only goal for Buffalo, and he is not an assassin by any means. The other reason was because the Sabres just got outplayed physically by Boston, a point which couldn't have been more true when the Bruins scored their second goal, the game winner. Old balls Mark Recchi knocked Buffalo's Tim Kennedy right on his ass in the offensive zone, passed it to Patrice Bergeron, and that was the end of the game.

The Sabres have a lot of work to do if they are going to win this series, and it's still unclear whether or not Vanek will be back for game four. We'll be at the bar for that one as well, watching the game at 6:00pm on Versus, and you can too. Stories about Mike Keenan in Salt Lake City are optional.

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