Not that is was really in doubt, but for the first time since 2001, the Buffalo Sabres will be in the post-season, clinching their berth with a 3-2 shootout victory over the Maple Leafs last night at the Air Canada Centre.
The game featured 90 minutes in penalties — including four fights — and Washington defenseman Nolan Yonkman was ejected in the second period for jumping into a scrum already in progress. It should make the games Wednesday and Friday a little more interesting.
Since then the Sabres struggles have worsened, losing eight of their last nine as of this writing, including a 7-0 pasting at the hands of the lowly Toronto Maple Leafs, whose lack of speed the Sabres frequently exploited to their own advantage in earlier matchups this season
So whatâ€™s the reason for the sudden decline?