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03-24-2012, 12:28 AM
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Sabres' recent success brings back memories of last season's playoff run

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NEW YORK—Like everyone else on the playoff bubble, the Sabres are doing their fair share of watching the out-of-town scoreboard these days. More importantly, Buffalo is lighting up the in-town scoreboard.

With two goals from Drew Stafford on Friday night at Madison Square Garden, the Sabres won their third straight game, 4-1, over the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers. With a 12-2-3 record over the past 17 games, Buffalo still has not moved into playoff position, as the Washington Capitals hold the eighth-place tiebreaker with more non-shootout wins, but the Sabres are looking awfully similar to the team that finished last season with 16 wins in 24 games to make the playoffs.

“Obviously, we’re not done yet,” Stafford said. “We need to take care of our end of things, and we’re not worried about the other teams around us. We know that if we play well, take care of our own business, win the games and get the two points, we’ll be sitting just fine. Right now, we haven’t accomplished anything. We’re able to get ourselves in a position, but we’re still gonna keep going.”

That is as much as the Sabres can ask for, considering that after a shootout loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Feb. 17, Buffalo was dead last in the Eastern Conference and nine points out of the final playoff spot. At that time, according to Sports Club Stats, the Sabres had a 0.29% chance of making the playoffs.

Now, the Sabres have not only gotten themselves into a tie for eighth place, they have closed the seventh-place Ottawa Senators’ advantage to two points with seven games left.

“If we can get one more team involved, it’s one extra spot up for grabs,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “It just creates some pressure, and if we end up two back of Ottawa after tonight’s game, it gives us a shot at bringing them in the fold. You can’t ask for anything more.”
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12-2-3 run and still not in 8th with the Bruins playing like crap for weeks. This team should have won the northeast if you believe the experts. It does feel like last year - squeaking in to face the Pens or Rangers is going to end a lot worse than game 7 against the Flyers did. Those teams don't have an average AHL goalie. I guess Jesse Spector a buffalo

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Are we still referring to last seasons playoff appearance as a "run"?

I think this team is better than last season, it's definitely better. They will make it if they just worry about themselves. Still too many passengers to consider them a threat to have an actual "run". Still a long way to go, plenty of time for everybody to get aboard the SS Miller and man a canon.

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Are we still referring to last seasons playoff appearance as a "run"?

I think this team is better than last season, it's definitely better. They will make it if they just worry about themselves. Still too many passengers to consider them a threat to have an actual "run". Still a long way to go, plenty of time for everybody to get aboard the SS Miller and man a canon.
You really don't understand what they are saying?

They are talking about their incredible run, as in charge, to MAKE the playoffs.

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You really don't understand what they are saying?

They are talking about their incredible run, as in charge, to MAKE the playoffs.
Oh, I think that's supposed to be called a "playoff push". They need to learn how to write about hockey if their going to write about hockey.

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Some folks will piss and moan about anything.

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Oh, I think that's supposed to be called a "playoff push". They need to learn how to write about hockey if their they're going to write about hockey.
You need to learn how to use words properly if you're going to be an insufferable curmudgeon.


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Oh, I think that's supposed to be called a "playoff push". They need to learn how to write about hockey if their going to write about hockey.
Seriously?

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