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Sabres downplay revenge factor versus Bruins

Nov 21, 2011, 6:09 PM EST

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We’ve seen it before. For whatever reason, a hockey game is supposed to be a bloodbath, but it doesn’t out turn that way…and we’re all a little disappointed.

Will that be the case when the Sabres host the Bruins on Wednesday, less than two weeks after Milan Lucic bowled over Ryan Miller, sidelining Buffalo’s starting goalie with a concussion?

Or will it actually be a bloodbath?

“I don’t know what the fans are wanting,” said Buffalo forward Paul Gaustad. “We want to get a win. I think that’s what we have to focus on: Playing our game, execute our system and try to win. … We have to address it as taking care our business of executing the game. We’re trying to win the two points. You have to focus on our systems and execute what they’ll do with their systems.”

And if you believe that, I’ve got some RIM stock to sell you. (It’s a real up-and-comer!)

I don’t know what the fans are wanting.

Same thing you want, Paul – revenge.

Revenge for taking out your franchise goalie Miller.

Revenge for making your team look like a bunch of chickens.

The only thing that could make the Sabres think twice about going after Lucic is a promise from the NHL to severely punish them if things get out of hand. Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff basically admitted the league has already been in touch.

Maybe all that’s necessary is for Gaustad, Cody McCormick (if healthy), or Robyn Regehr to drop the gloves with Lucic right off the bat. But there has to be some sort of physical response – the whole “we’ll just beat ‘em on the scoreboard” approach sounds good in theory, but what if they don’t beat ‘em on the scoreboard? The B’s are playing pretty good hockey these days. The Sabres can’t afford to lose and fail to respond.

  1. govtminion - Nov 21, 2011 at 6:21 PM

    Suggestion, Sabres?

    Don’t even think about it. Seriously. I’m a B’s fan, I admit, but bottom line your team isn’t designed for that kind of angry, hitting kind of hockey. Boston IS. So don’t play their game.

    You want to beat the Bruins? Do it on the scoreboard. Not easy these days either, mind you, but a hell of a lot more likely- and less painful- than trying it with goon play. Giving in to taking it out on them physically only gives the Bruins exactly the kind of game they excel at.

    • haterzgonahate - Nov 21, 2011 at 6:53 PM

      sounds like Bruins fans aren’t “designed” to make intelligent comments.

      but ya your right… Bruins are the only team that know how to play physical hockey… lol. gimme a break pal.

      • govtminion - Nov 22, 2011 at 12:33 AM

        Fair enough. Explain to me then exactly who on the Sabres roster is going to do the job. Remember- starting a fight is one thing, finishing it is another. You lose that fight, you look like an idiot and momentum shifts the other way, so if you start it you’d better win it.

        So, go on expert, who on the Sabres roster takes Lucic and wins? Leaving out the rest of the Bruins, find me one Sabre that has a chance at dropping Lucic.

      • bobwsc - Nov 22, 2011 at 2:02 PM

        or Thornton or McQuaid

  2. 8man - Nov 21, 2011 at 7:26 PM

    The Sabres need two points, not a batch of black eyes.

  3. haterzgonahate - Nov 22, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    so based on govtminion’s comments… i believe there is some confusion between “goon hockey” and “physical hockey”.. so when rephrasing your previous comments.. then no… there is no other team that can get away (and run with it all the way to the cup mind you) with goon hockey… so your right.. Buffalo is not “designed” for goon hockey. the Bruins are the only team stuck in the homo-erectus mind frame and have yet to evolve to the new NHL.. which from what i seen last season, the NHL is doing a complete 180 on!

    “we need to stop headshots!”

    /Pacioretty gets neck broken
    /Mason Raymond gets back broken
    /Marchand punches Sedin in head repeatedily, no call

    keep up the good work NHL

    • bobwsc - Nov 22, 2011 at 3:43 PM

      maybe you hadn’t heard: Vancouver player resorts to cannibalism and tried biting Bergeron’s digits off. Thornton receives a cheap shot resulting in a head injury and misses the rest of the playoffs. it goes both ways.

      hater just hatin’, we get it.

      • bobwsc - Nov 22, 2011 at 3:43 PM

        Horton – not Thornton.

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