There’s always a buzz at the First Niagara Center (or whatever they’re calling the Sabres’ barn this week) when the Leafs are the guests on a Friday night. Factor in the return of Connolly and dare we say it, the atmosphere figures to be almost playoff-like this time around. To add some punch to the first of six meetings between the two, the Sabres find themselves two points behind the Leafs in the Northeastern Division standings and it is no stretch to suggest the season series between the two could have serious playoff implications.
“If you look at the standings right now, I’d anticipate Buffalo being a team that we’re going to be neck-and-neck with all year,” Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul said following Thursday’s practice at the Air Canada Centre. “And we’ve got to play them six times. It’s a fun place to play with the building basically half and half between (Leafs fans and Sabres fans), a great atmosphere.”
“The big hurdle is getting by (Ryan Miller) in goal. We found a way to beat him last year, but we could say the same thing about the Bruins last year.”
And Leafs just stand around watching
Oops, only one team in tonight's game does that while its player is hit, it ain't for cetain, Leafs.
Not trying to piss you off guys, J/K.
Things have changed since then...see: Tootoo, Jordan getting gangbanged by Miller/Gaustad/Tropp (I think Tropp was the other guy there). Or Ehrhoff (yes, that Christian Ehrhoff--no, I'm serious, this is not a typo--no really, believe me, it was indeed a Sabre wearing #10, and we know it could never be Tallinder) tossing them with Greening at the end of the 3rd period last game against Ottawa when he bumped into Miller.
As for Myers, he's set to be "re-evaluated" on Monday or Tuesday last I heard, and was about 1-3 weeks away. He says it's been progressing well, so it's possible by next week he'll be suiting up.
I may be in the minority on this but I absolutely love Ray Lewis.
Ray Ray is the man! His opening intro coming onto the field has more effort then most Sabres give for an entire game. Dude is nasty!
With Lenio absent and MAGs riding luxury box, the Sabres show some scoring punch and beat the Leafs by 2 goals. Ruff then inserts MAGs back into lineup next game vs Pens and Sabres get blown out. Ruff's post game is filled with questions on why they reverted back to a slow start......MAGs...just say no....to his ice time.