I forgot we'd need a GDT. Woodhouse submitted a patent for the slogan of the GDT now: "iKwit"....can't say I blame him, let this serve as an official THANK YOU for the sick, respectable, legitimate GDTs Woodhouse. Fuego. Legit fuegs.
The Sabres have missed the playoffs three times in five seasons, and all three times they closed with a game against the Bruins.
The 2007-08 club finished the year with a 3-0 victory in Boston. Goaltender Jocelyn Thibault recorded a shutout in the final start of his career, while left wing Thomas Vanek had a hat trick to provide all the offense. Defenseman Teppo Numminen returned to the lineup for his only game after having a heart procedure the previous fall.
The 2008-09 edition also trounced the Bruins, storming to a 6-1 victory in Buffalo. Vanek scored twice to reach the 40-goal mark. Backup goalie Mikael Tellqvist stopped 34 of 35 shots.
No. 2 netminder Jhonas Enroth is likely to start today in TD Garden, but Jochen Hecht will not make a Numminen-like return from injury. The concussion-battling forward said he has not been cleared to play.
Coach Lindy Ruff expects the rest of the team to put forth a winning effort.
"You're a professional," Vanek said. "Obviously, it's hard, but come game day you focus. Everyone in here is a competitor, and you go out, do your best for 60 minutes, win a game and that's it."